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Recommended book list: K-2

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Go on a global adventure with books! The KERA Education team curated this list of recommended titles for children in kindergarten through second grade.



National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean, by Catherine Hughes

Snakes / Las Serpientes, by Melissa Stewart

Gran Atlas de Los Animales del Mundo (Spanish Edition), por Equipo Editorial


Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, by Kate Messner

The Big Book of Bugs / El gran libro de los bichos, by Yuval Zommer

Nature All Around: Bugs, by Pamela Hickman

One Bee Too Many / La Abeja de Más, by Andrés Pi Andreu

Do You Know About Insects? / ¿Sabes algo sobre insectos?, by Buffy Silverman

Culture, values, customs

This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World, by Matt Lamothe

A gift for Amma: Market day in India / Un regalo para Amma: Día de mercado en India, by Meera Sriram

Islandborn / Lola: edición en español de Islandborn, by Junot Diaz

Mommy’s Khimar, by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Waiting for the Biblioburro / Esperando el Biblioburro, by Monica Brown


How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food / Y eso, ¿cómo llegó a tu lonchera?, by Chris Butterworth

The Perfect Pet / La mascota perfecta, by Samantha Bell

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom, by Teresa Robeson

Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars, by Jennifer Berne

The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just, by Mélina Mangal

The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid, by Jeanette Winter

Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer, by Traci Sorell

Rosie Revere, Engineer / Rosa Pionera, ingeniera, by Andrea Beaty

Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math, by Rajani LaRocca

Social and emotional learning

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You / ¡Solo pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú, by Sonia Sotomayor

The Day You Begin / El día en que descubres quién eres, by Jacqueline Woodson

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, by Carol McCloud