October 18, 2015

#CanLitChoices for Grade 2 novel studies: stand-alone youngCanLit

Following up on my earlier post about #CanLitChoices for use with Grade 2 students eager to get into novels, this post will look at a handful of novels that are not part of series but still perfect for readers of ages 6-9. Links to reviews or brief descriptions are provided if the subject matter is not evident.  Some books are a little easier, some a little more challenging but all are perfect for those young readers who are just starting to delve into reading beyond the picture book area of the library or classroom and into that once out-of-reach section of the library once harbouring books only for older readers.

After all, there are #CanLitChoices for everyone!

Clover's Luck: Magical Animal Adoption Agency
by Kallie George
Illustrated by Alexandra Bolger
HarperCollins
144 pp.
Ages 7-10
2015
Reviewed here

Danny Who Fell in a Hole
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Milan Pavlovic
Groundwood Books
116 pp.
Ages 7-11
2013
Reviewed here

The Four Seasons of Patrick
by Susan Hughes
Red Deer Press
80 pp.
Ages 7-10
2013
Reviewed here

Kit: The Adventures of a Raccoon
by Shirley Woods
Illustrated by Celia Godkin
Groundwood Books/Douglas and McIntyre
92 pp.
Ages 8-11
1999


Marsh Island
by Sonya Spreen Bates
Orca Book Publishers
64 pp.
Ages 7-9
2009
Two young brothers go camping with their father on Marsh Island where a mystery awaits them.
The Mosquito Brothers
by Griffin Ondaatje
Illustrated by Erica Salcedo
Groundwood Books
128 pp.
Ages 7-9
May 2015
Reviewed here

Prove it, Josh
by Jenny Watson
Sono Nis Press
157 pp.
Ages 8-11
2013
A dyslexic young boy takes to the water in a BC boat race to show his reading skills don't define him.

Tank and Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede
by Liam O’Donnell
Illustrated by Mike Deas
Orca Book Publishers
152 pp.
Ages 8-11
2015
Reviewed here

Timo's Garden
by Victoria Allenby
Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
Pajama Press
48 pp.
Ages 5-8
2015
Reviewed here

Very Serious Children
by Caroline Adderson
Illustrated by Joe Weissmann
Scholastic Canada
144 pp.
Ages 7-10
2007
Two brothers, the children of circus clowns, run away to seek a "normal" life of friends, a home, nutritious meals and baths.





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