Mars Books at the Second Grader level

With the landing of the Mars probe there is likely going to be increased interests in this mysterious planet.

The following non-fiction books are at the 2nd Grade reading level. (One exception- an obscure 1st Grade book at the bottom of this post.) Most do not have reviews nor sample/excerpt pages; but where there are some we have included that information. (Goodreads results updated August 2012)

bookcover of MARS by Thomas K. AdamsonMars
(Pebble Plus: Exploring the Galaxy)
by Thomas K. Adamson

Simple text and photographs give a basic description of the planet Mars.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 156
Page Count:
Accelerated Reading level: 2.3 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 70347
Lexile: 400L
  • Publisher: Capstone Press (2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1429607378

Marte (Spanish version)
by Thomas K. Adamson
(Pebble Plus: Exploring The Galaxy (Bilingual))

The Spanish version of Adamson's book.

bookcover of MARS by Lincoln JamesMars: The Red Planet
(Our Solar System)
by Lincoln James

Many scientists think Mars was once covered with water, just like Earth. Was Mars once home to living creatures as well? Will people one day live on Mars? Scientists are keeping a close eye on Mars in the hope of answering these questions. Open up Mars: The Red Planet to find out more about one of the solar system's most interesting locations

Word Count: 256
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 138895
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1433938251

bookcover of MARS by Melanie ChrismerMars
(Scholastic News)
by Melanie Chrismer

GoodReads rating – 5 Stars – from 7 reviewers

Describes Mars, the fourth planet closest to the sun in our solar system, discusses how astronomers are studying it, and compares it to Earth.

- Includes vocabulary word hunt with pronunciations, glossary, and index
- Labeled diagrams and timelines
- Full-color photographs
- Dasy-to-read fonts
- Web sites for further research and information
- Updated art of solar system shows 8 planets and their orbits instead of 9
- Updated indexes

Word Count: 325
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 102748

bookcover of MARS by Teresa WimmerMars
(My First Look at Planets)
by Teresa Wimmer

Discusses (briefly) atmosphere and geography.

Word Count: 530
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 116224
  • Publisher: Creative Educ (2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1583415181

bookcover of MARS by Greg RozaMars: The Red Planet
by Greg Roza

Check at your library for this one. will probably be hard to track down. what Mars is and if there is water or life on Mars.

Word Count: 288
Page Count: 16
Accelerated Reading level: 2.8 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 52232
  • Publisher: Rosen Classroom (2005)
  • ISBN-10: 1404254269


Note: We found one book at the first grade level. We did not make a list for it because we couldn't find a book image, or even a link on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. We're including it here in case you library happens to carry it.

by Andrea Shaw
This book explains where Mars is, its size, and what it is made of.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 146
Accelerated Reading Level: 1.8 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 80021

Mars Books at the 3rd Grade level can be found here.