MEMORIAL DAY - Books for Second Graders

We've included one Fiction book and 4 Non-Fiction books in this collection. The fictional book uses child-friendly drawings to introduce children to this day of remembrance, and it has received good reviews at both GoodReads and The non-fiction books all use pictures and simple sentences to explain what Memorial Day is about, and how people celebrate.

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bookcover of Memorial Day by Sheri DeanMemorial Day
by Sheri Dean

The focus is easy sentences and colorful photos as this book introduces  the history, origin, and celebrations associated with Memorial Day.  Could find no reviews for this book.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 170
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reading level: 2.2 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 104605

Memorial Day/Dia De Los Caidos
Accelerated Reading level: there is disagreement on the level of this book. Either 3.6 or 2.2.
-- Weekly Reader; Bilingual edition (2006)

bookcover of Memorial Day by Helen FrostMemorial Day
(National Holidays)
by Helen Frost

This book uses simple text and photographs to explain why we celebrate Memorial Day.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 142
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 36816
Lexile: 360L

bookcover of Memorial Day by Rebecca RissmanMemorial Day
(Holidays and Festivals)
by Rebecca Rissman

Focuses on how a child experiences the celebration.

Word Count: 230
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 137333
Lexile: 320L
--sample pages available

Dia De Los Caidos

Publisher: Heinemann Raintree (2011)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 1432954032

bookcover of Memorial Day by Robin NelsonMemorial Day
by Robin Nelson

Another introductory book which includes photos and drawings.  The text is a little jerky (see below).  Does include a timeline.
We celebrate Memorial Day 
every year.

People wanted to honor soldiers
who had died.
Reading Information:
Word Count: 197
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reading level: 2.5 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 66880
--sample pages available

bookcover of Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin GoldingMemorial Day Surprise [FICTION]
by Theresa Martin Golding
Alexandra Artigas (Illustrator)

 4.00  Stars from  6 GoodReaders
 4.8  Stars from  5 Amazoners

In this book Marco and his mother attend a Memorial Day parade.  Marco is disappointed that his grandfather can't join them.  He doesn't think twice about that coincidence until they get to the parade and he finds a familiar face among the veterans.  His grandfather being wheeled down the street!

Reading Information:
Word Count: 789
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reading level: 2.6 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 77866
--sample pages available

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