Non-Fiction Recommendations

Angleberger, Tom  The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda series)

Benton, Jim  Dear Dumb Diary, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Dear Dumb, Diary series)

Benton, Jim  Lunch Walks Among Us (Franny K. Stein series)

Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in–which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.

Child, Lauren  Utterly Me, Clarice Bean (Clarice Bean series)

When someone steals the winner’s trophy for the school book project, Clarice emulates her favorite book heroine, Ruby Redfort the detective.

Clements, Andrew  Frindle

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher’s love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

David, Lawrence  Horace Splattly: The Cupcaked Crusader (Horace Splattly series)

When his little sister’s magic cookies transform him into a flying, fire-breathing superhero, ten-year-old Horace Splattly has adventures which include confronting the monster at the school playground.

Goscinny, Rene   Nicholas

A collection of stories about the misadventures of Nicholas and friends at school.

Gutman, Dan  Mrs. Dole is Out of Control (My Weird School series)

A.J. is graduating! But a crazed PTA president is turning second-grade graduation into a huge affair complete with fireworks and skywriting. By the time this graduation ceremony is over, there won’t be any time left for summer vacation!

Holm, Jennifer   Babymouse: Out Hero (Babymouse series)

An imaginative young mouse is terrified to face her enemy in dodgeball, but with the help of her best friend and support from her mother, she not only plays the game, she proves herself a hero.

McDonald, Megan  Stink: the Incredible Shrinking Kid (Stink series)

The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents’ Day at school.

Peirce, Lincoln  Big Nate: In A Class By Himself (Big Nate series)

Pennypacker, Sara  Clementine (Clementine series)

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Sachar, Louis  Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Wayside School series)

Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Stauffacher, Sue  Donuthead

Franklin Delano Donuthead, a fifth-grader obsessed with hygiene and safety, finds an unlikely friend and protector in Sarah Kervick, the tough new student who lives in a dirty trailer, bonds with his mother, and is as “irregular” as he is.  Read Donutheart next!

Trine, Greg  The Curse of the Balogna Sandwich Melvin Beederman, Superhero series

After graduating from the superhero academy, Melvin Beederman heads for Los Angeles, where he unexpectedly teams up with Candace Brinkwater, school play actress, to nab the evil McNasty Brothers.

Whybrow, Ian  Little Wolf’s Book of Badness

Little Wolf has been behaving too courteously, so his parents send him to his uncle’s Big Bad Wolf school to learn to be a proper wolf.