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Favorite Chapter Books for 2nd Grade

Looking for some great chapter books for 2nd grade? These 2nd grade reading books are great for engaging second graders with some engrossing books, plots, rich vocabulary, and more!

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Second graders still benefit immensely from someone reading out loud to them. Not only are they able to get into more in-depth stories and vocabulary, but it helps keep their love of reading growing. Here are 17 wonderful books 2nd grade students are sure to love!

What should my 2nd grader be reading?

Second graders are able to read a lot!

They can typically pick up about any picture book or short chapter book and read it. The important thing is to keep them reading! Have them read to younger siblings, read to you at bedtime, a chapter from their favorite Chapter Book Series, and on their own every day. As they learn more sight words, are quicker at sounding words out, and develop a richer vocabulary they will move on to more difficult books.


Chapter Books for 2nd Grade

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson
  Dick Whittington and His Cat by Marcia Brown
  Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
  The Ralph Mouse Collection by Beverly Cleary
  Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
  The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
  Doctor De Soto by William Steig
  The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

  Now We Are Six (Winnie-the-Pooh)  by A. A. Milne

  The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  Tales of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
  Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfeld
  The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  Stuart Little by E.B. White
  Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
  The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

  The Miraculous Adventures of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events (Series) by Lemony Snicket
  Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr

  Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
  The Enchanted Dolls’ House by Robyn Johnson
  The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  Captain Awesome to the Rescue! by Stan Kirby
  Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

  Good Masters! Sweet Ladies by Laura Amy Schlitz
  Hidden Tales from Eastern Europe by Antonia Barber
  Tales of Robin Hood by Tony Allan
  The Cricket in Time Square by George Selden
  Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil
  Aesop for Children by Milo Winters
  The Little Riders by Margaretha Shemin
  The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
  Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

2nd Grade Reading Books

To make it easies to pick out books at the library I made a printable from this list. Just pick the style you like and print that page. Fold in half and laminate for a convenient bookmark. Use a dry erase markers to cross off series you are finished with or your child didn’t particularly enjoy. You can also have your child note what book they are on in the series to make picking books up at the library a breeze!

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Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activites and FREE printables: www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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