chapter books



Chapter books. Y’all know that I really enjoy my day job as an elementary school librarian. However, I am a huge picture book fanatic. I’m not as keen on chapter books….I love them of course, but if I had my druthers, we’d be picture booking it all year long.

I especially enjoy working at school after the holidays. I find that after we get through the onslaught of Halloween through New Year’s, the kids and staff come back ready to settle into a routine.

Thus, I always start chapter books with classes in January. Now, inevitably we’ll get messed up with snow days, but so far, so good.

Earlier this week I was trying to decide what to read with second grade. I always read a different book to each grade, but  this year I’m reading different books with different classes. I find that each and every class has a personality of its own and I have tried to select books that are tailored to the individual classes.

Here’s a quick look at some of the books we’re reading right now. I’m still working on picking the others. Any ideas out there?

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Happy reading!



  1. I distinctly remember my second grade teacher reading Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, and Charlotte’s Web to us. I think my love of reading (and Roald Dahl) started that year. She was and still is my all time favorite teacher.



  2. I’m sure you’ve read Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. But have you read his book Top Secret? It’s about a boy who decides to develop human photosynthesis for his science fair project. Another favorite of mine is The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. It takes place in Texas in 1899 and is such a great story about the relationship between a girl and her grandfather.



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