Our selection for grade 2 (Step 4) listed here contains levelled readers or children’s well-loved classics – chosen for practice reading at this stage of skill.
- Follow the Water From Brook to Ocean
- Eruption: The Story of Volcanoes
- First Flight
- First Thanksgiving
- Way Down Deep (Ocean)
- Ant Cities (or similar)
- 8 Billy and Blaze books (by C.W. Anderson): see the detailed descriptions below
Ponies Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso There is a difference between a pony and a horse. Do you know what it is? There are a lot of things to learn about ponies. They never get taller than a certain height. They can hear things people cannot. Some even like to swim! Ponies can be good friends. Lower grades. Soft-cover – 48 pgs. ALL ABOARD SCIENCE READER level 2.
Platypus Ginjer L. Clarke What animal has a tail like a beaver, is about as big as a cat, lays eggs and has webbed feet and a bill like a duck, but is a mammal? Find out all about the amazing platypus: what it eats, where it lives, and how it teaches its young. Soft-cover – 32 pgs. STEP INTO READING level 2.
First Flight George Shea Tom Tate is intrigued by the two men who have come to Kitty Hawk with their flying machine. One day he gets to ride the glider which goes up and up, and then down with a thud! Soon Will and Orv leave for the summer. They promise to come back again. Will they design a flying machine that stays in the air? Based on a true happening. Soft-cover – 48 pgs. I CAN READ level 4 reader.
Way Down Deep Strange Ocean Creatures Patricia Demuth Where could you find jewelled squid, strange fish that light up, sea cucumbers, and other fascinating creatures? Way down deep! How do we know? How can anyone get way down there and still survive? Find out how scientists explore the depths of the ocean. Soft-cover – 48 pgs. ALL ABOARD SCIENCE READER level 2.
Eruption! The Story of Volcanoes Anita Ganeri What looks like a mountain but spits out fire and ash? Or sleeps for years and then explodes with a bang? Find out how a volcano begins, and why it erupts. Read about different kinds of volcanoes, and how they affect the land and people living around them. Soft-cover – 32 pgs. DK READER level 2.
Ant Cities Arthur Dorros Do you realize how many different kinds of ants there are? Some ants live in rotting wood, some under the sidewalk, others in trees, and some in ant hills. Find out where ants go when they disappear underground, and what they eat! Softcover – 32 pgs. Let’s Read and Find Out SCIENCE READER level 2. Note: There is very low stock availability on this title so it might be changed to a similar title/level without further notice.
The First Thanksgiving Linda Hayward This colourfully illustrated book tells the story of why the Pilgrims left England and the hardships of the voyage. How would you like to eat the same meal, pickled beef, cheese, and hard bread, for nine weeks at sea? Read about the first winter in the new land, when half of the people die. Soft-cover – 48 pgs. STEP INTO READING level 3 reader.
Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean – Arthur Dorros Look at the water gushing out of the drainpipes on the house! Where does all the water go? Water flows downhill, from puddles to streams, rivers, over dams, across prairies, reaching for the ocean. Soft-cover – 32 pgs. Let’s Read and Find Out SCIENCE READER level 2.
Blaze and Thunderbolt – Billy and Blaze go to a ranch, where they hear about Thunderbolt, a wild horse which no one can catch. When Billy sees Thunderbolt, he is determined to catch and tame him. Can Billy and Blaze do it?
Blaze and the Gray Spotted Pony – Tommy often dreams of horses, and he loves it when Billy rides him around on Blaze’s back. But what Tommy wants is a gray, spotted pony. Will Tommy’s father be able to find a pony for him in time for his birthday? 48 pgs
Blaze and the Forest Fire – Billy and Blaze come upon a forest fire. They must get help! There are many obstacles: a stone wall, a river, a barbed wire fence. Will they reach someone in time to give a warning? 50 pgs
Blaze and the Lost Quarry – Somewhere in the woods where Billy and Blaze ride, is an old quarry. Will they be able to find it? The road has not been used for many years and there are obstacles, hanging vines, and a dead tree across the road. In the end they find what they are looking for and more! 48 pgs
Blaze and the Mountain Lion – Blaze and Billy are spending the summer at the ranch. Fear and anger affect Billy as he hears about a cruel cougar that is mercilessly killing cattle. What if he should meet the cougar? 48 pgs
Blaze Shows the Way – Billy and Blaze enjoy going riding together with Tommy and his horse Dusty. But Dusty does not like to jump. Can Blaze help Dusty learn to jump? 48 pgs
Blaze Finds the Trail – Billy and Blaze love the forest. One day they explore an old woodland road that is new to them. Their adventures soon lead them off the trail and deep in the woods. A storm is coming. Can Blaze find the trail and lead them safely home? 48 pgs
Blaze Finds Forgotten Roads – Billy and Blaze enjoy going on adventures. This time they are joined by their friends – Tommy and Dusty. The boys decide to take any trail that turns right. This leads them down unfamiliar paths, and to extraordinary treasures. Hopefully, they will find their way home at the end of their exciting day!! 46 pgs
(Note: For the first book in the “Billy and Blaze” series, entitled, “Billy and Blaze”, please go to the page for Step 3 Literature at this link.)