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Growing Reader

Level 2 Readers for
Growing Bookworms

by Keith Rice

level 2 readers
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Learning to read is an exciting and rewarding experience for a child. Finding age and level appropriate reading material is key to keeping your growing reader challenged and engaged. With their basic vocabulary and simple stories, Level 2 readers are the perfect way to help your child develop their reading skills. Featuring rhyming text, short sentences, and subtle clues to help your child sound out new words, Level 2 readers provide a surefire way to keep your child engaged and progressing. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Susan B. Anthony: Her Fight for Equal Rights

    by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Maike Plenzke

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    Marking the 200th birthday of the iconic suffragette, Susan B. Anthony is a great Level 2 reader and ideal for introducing your child to one of most important figures in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. This simple reader charts the important moments in Susan B. Anthony’s life and her decades-long fight for equality and the right to vote.
    (Ages 4 - 6)

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  • Spirits of Nature (Disney Frozen 2)

    by Natasha Bouchard, illustrated by Disney Storybook Art Team

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    Spirits of Nature is a perfect way to get Frozen-obsessed kiddos interested in reading. Featuring all the beloved characters – Elsa, Ana, Olaf, and the rest of the gang – from the Oscar-winning series, Spirits of Nature is a simple, Level 2-friendly story set in the world of the second film. It’s sure to enthrall your child. The addition of 30 Frozen themed stickers certainly won’t hurt either.
    (Ages 4 - 6)

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  • These Are My Pets

    by Mercer Mayer

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    Mercer Mayer’s Little Creature has been a mainstay of children’s literature and charming readers for decades. With this Level 2 book, young readers can find out all they could ever want to know about the importance of pets and how much Little Creature loves all his pets — from his fish and frog to his cat and dog.

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  • How to Start Kindergarten

    by Catherine A. Hapka, Ellen Titlebaum, and Ellen Vandenberg, illustrated by Debbie Palen

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    Starting at a new school or in a new grade can be both exciting and scary for any child, and David is no different. He’s worried about making a good first impression at his new school and fitting in. Fortunately, his new friend Steve is willing to help. But how much help will Steve be, and will David listen a little too well?

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  • Freckleface Strawberry: Monster Time!

    by Julianne Moore, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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    Freckleface Strawberry’s latest adventure sees the precocious seven-year-old girl learning a lesson about fun, friendship, and compromise. Recess can’t come soon enough for Freckleface. There’s a monster waiting to play with her and she couldn’t be more excited. However, when her friends want to play some other games, Freckleface will need to find a compromise to make sure everyone can have fun.

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  • Have No Fear! Halloween is Here!

    by Tish Rabe, illustrated by Tom Brannon

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    Join one of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved and recognizable characters for fun a Halloween-themed adventure in this Level 2 reader. With Halloween just around the corner, Sally and Nick need costumes. They get a bit more than they bargained for when they turn to their friend, Cat in the Hat, for help. They may even encounter an iconic Halloween creature that is not quite as scary as it seems.

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  • The Berenstain Bears by the Sea (Level 2)

    by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

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    With their Step Into Reading debut, your child can now read about the Berenstain Bears’s adventures on their own. Brother and Sister are excited for their vacation by the sea — they can’t wait to build sand castles on the beach and go swimming. But first, they have chores at the Bear Family summer house. The Berenstain Bears by the Sea tells an important lesson in responsibility and fun, and is a perfect Level 2 reader for your little cub.

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  • Pizza Pig

    by Diana Murray

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    This award-winning Level 2 reader provides a great lesson in compassion and friendship. Pizza Pig’s pizza parlor is everyone’s favorite place to eat. You can get whatever kind of pizza you want – cold pizza for Penguins, cheese with extra mold for Rats. So, why isn’t Turtle eating anything? Maybe he just needs a friend to share some pizza with. Simple rhyming structure, humor, and a positive message make Pizza Pig a hit with children.

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