Second Grade Reading List

Standard questions often get standard answers.  In my house, “Mom, I’m bored!  What should I do?” is almost always met with, ‘READ!”  It may be a simple answer, but let’s face it– before the answer completely leaves my lips I’m already anticipating, “But what should I read?”  As a mom, I walk a fine line between just being happy that they read anything, and wanting to make sure they are reading quality material that will inspire them to become bookworms.  It’s the literary equivalent of wanting them to “read” their vegetables in a world full of candy.  Second-graders need their eyes and ears filled to capture their attention.  This reading list includes award-winning authors and beautiful illustrations to satisfy both of your dietary needs.

  1. The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Mathis
  2. Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Cristina  Bjork
  3. Seven Treasure Hunts by Betsy Byars
  4. Donovan’s Word Jar by  Monalisa DeGrass
  5. Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
  6. Ramona the Pest by  Beverly Clearly
  7. Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements
  8. The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad by F.N. Monjo
  9. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  10. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by  Betty MacDonald
  11. The Littles by John Peterson
  12. Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo
  13. A Dolphin Named Bob by Twig George
  14. Cam Jansen Series by David Adler
  15. Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg
  16. Crinkleroots 25 Fish Every Child Should Know by Jim Arnosky
  17. George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra
  18. Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder
  19. Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Ryan
  20. Summer Wheels by Eve Bunting


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