These books are just the right amount of funny, factual and GROSS to entice even the most reluctant reader. Magic for those boys who, “don’t like books!”
Andy, a crabby alligator, is a reluctant friend to Preston, a young coyote pup. Find out what makes Andy even crabbier! They spend lots of time not catching rabbits, falling over cliffs, and trying to decide the difference between an owl and a bear. A perfect bridge between picture books and text-heavy chapter books.
A highly silly series that will get even the most reluctant reader turning the pages.
A.J., (a 2nd grade boy who doesn’t like school) and his arch-enemy Andrea (who loves school and everything else A.J. hates) attend Ella Mentry School, where all the grownups are just plain weird. In the first book, Miss Daisy is Crazy!, they end up with a teacher who doesn’t even know how to do math, read or write! Or can she?…just the same the class ends up having to teach her how to do everything.
Adults will appreciate how the book illustrates that respecting kids and balancing learning with fun can produce positive results. I should mention a caution to those not fond of exposing kids to name calling (ie. “dumbhead”) and mildly rude humor: “Maybe you’ll finally get kicked out of school,” said Andrea. “Your face should get kicked out of school,” I told her. Funny stuff, but some parents may not be thrilled with their kids parroting it…
Titles like Mr. Klutz is Nuts!, Mrs. Roopy is Loopy!, and Ms. Hannah is Bananas!, will keep kids coming back for more.
Follow A.J. through 3rd grade with the My Weird School Daze series and 4th grade with My Weirder School.
Second grade can be tough when you’re not a great reader and are afraid to try out for the soccer team (why would you when your older brother is a huge soccer star?) Luckily, with a little humor, smarts, and a really nice teacher, Stuey makes it through the year just fine.