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Books for Boys: Reluctant 1st and 2nd Grade Readers

These fun and entertaining stories are perfect for coaxing 1st and 2nd graders to read.
 
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The Boy with the Helium Head
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Illustrated by Kay Chorao
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Commander Toad in Space
Series: Commander Toad
by Jane Yolen Illustrated by Bruce Degen

Can Commander Toad Save the Day?

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Jimmy Zangwow's Out-Of-This-World Moon-Pie Adventure
by Tony DiTerlizzi Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
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Porkenstein
by Kathryn Lasky Illustrated by David Jarvis

Dr. Smart Pig is a famous inventor, but tonight he is terribly lonely. A year ago, both of his brothers were eaten by the Big Bad Wolf, and tomorrow is Halloween. What fun trick-or-treating when you're all alone? Suddenly, Dr. Smart Pig has a brilliant idea.

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Poultrygeist
by Mary Jane Auch , Herm Auch
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The Toy Brother
by William Steig Illustrated by William Steig
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Bird & Squirrel on the Run
by James Burks

Bird and Squirrel outwit Cat and become best friends in this zany adventure.

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Paperback Graphic Novels: $7.19

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All Paws on Deck
Series: Haggis and Tank Unleashed, Book #1
by Jessica Young Illustrated by James Burks

Tank is a clumsy, outgoing Great Dane. Haggis is a dapper and grumpy Scottie dog. In the first book in the series, Haggis and Tank set sail as pirates. At first, Haggis doesn't see what Tank does — that an adventure awaits them with just a little imagination!

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Bunny vs. Monkey
by Jamie Smart Illustrated by Jamie Smart

A team of scientists has sent a monkey into space! And good thing, too, because he's a mean, selfish, noisy, bullying little fur-bag. But... all does not go well with the flight, and Monkey's spaceship barely clears the first hilltop before crash-landing in a peaceful forest.

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Leonardo, the Terrible Monster
by Mo Willems Illustrated by Mo Willems
Leonardo wants more than anything to scare the tuna salad out of someone, but he's a terrible monster. Then he meets Sam, the scaredy-cat kid, and Leonardo thinks of something better to do.
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The Dodgeball Chronicles
Series: Knights of the Lunch Table, Book #1
by Frank Cammuso Illustrated by Frank Cammuso

Artie King just wants to ease into life at Camelot Middle School. He's got new lunch buddies, Percy and Wayne, and his science teacher, Mr. Merlyn, is pretty cool. But then there's scary Principal Dager and big bad Joe and The Horde, a bunch of brawny bullies who rule the school.

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Believe It or Not, My Brother Has a Monster!
by Kenn Nesbitt Illustrated by David Slonim

Uh-oh, this boy's older brother is up to something; he's found a monster, and he's brought him home! Now he's trying to sneak in even more terrifying creatures. What's going to happen when his parents find out?

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Hardcover Picturebooks: $11.89

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Dragon Masters #1: Rise of the Earth Dragon
Series: Dragon Masters, Book #1
by Tracey West Illustrated by Graham Howells
In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland's soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo.
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Paperbacks: $3.99

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Henry and Mudge: The First Book
Series: Henry and Mudge
by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Suçie Stevenson
Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.

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The Henry and Mudge series has grown into one of the most beloved and acclaimed beginning-reading series ever.
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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Unpleasant Penguins from Pluto
Series: Ricky Ricotta, Book #9
Illustrated by Dan Santat

Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot face off against a flock of flightless foes!

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The Guild of Geniuses
by Dan Santat Illustrated by Dan Santat

Introducing the most appealing monkey since Curious George! The Guild of Geniuses has created many fantastic inventions to satisfy humanity's most pressing needs. When the famous actor Frederick Lipton's best friend, the monkey Mr. Pip, seems a little down, Fred enlists the help of The Guild to cheer him up.

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Hardcover Picturebooks: $12.59

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Diary of a Spider
by Doreen Cronin Illustrated by Harry Bliss

This is the diary...of a spider. But don't be worried: He's more scared of you and your gigantic shoe! Actually, he's a lot like you. He goes to gym class and has Grandparents Day at school. But he also spins sticky webs, scales walls, and takes wind-catching lessons. Lucky for him, his best friend is a fly!

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Hardcover Picturebooks: $12.79

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Paperback Book: $5.21

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Animal Superpowers
by Christopher Hernandez

Think superpowers only exist with superheroes in comics and movies? You're so wrong! With this Scholastic Level 3 Reader, young readers will learn all about the amazing things animals do every day, things we normally think are impossible. Can you imagine being so strong you could lift over 1000 times your own weight?

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Paperback Reader Level 3: $3.19

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Shark Attack!
Series: Listo, Calixto!, Book #24
by Abby Klein Illustrated by John McKinley

Freddy's dream has come true: he's about to see a real live shark. His first-grade class is taking a field trip to the aquarium, and Freddy can't wait. The aquarium even has a Shark Quiz. If he can answer all the questions correctly, Freddy will win a prize for his shark knowledge!

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Grandpa's Teeth
by Rod Clement Illustrated by Rod Clement

Grandpa's teeth, which were handmade by the finest Swiss craftsmen, have been stolen! Officer Rate arrives on the crime scene to investigate. He puts up "Wanted" posters for the missing teeth and rounds up the usual subjects. Grandpa even goes on the famous TV show Unsolved Crimes. But the crime remains unsolved.

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Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy!
Series: Press Start!, Book #1
by Thomas Flintham Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
Uh-oh, Animal Town is in trouble! Meanie King Viking has created a dreaded robot army to spread No Fun across the land. On top of that, he has stolen the happiest and most fun animal ever, Singing Dog. There is only one person who can save the day — Super Rabbit Boy!
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Paperback Chapter Books: $3.49

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