Second Grade Books

Second Grade Books
Second Grade Books
The titles on this list were selected as the
 "best of the best" for second graders.

Reading is a developmental skill that children master at different ages.
 Some children will easily read the books on this list in kindergarten.
Others will not be ready to read them until fourth grade.

Children need to have many successful experiences reading easy, appealing and interesting books. The more success children have at reading, the more they will want to read. The more they read, the better readers they will become.

We hope out graded lists will help you find fun
and interesting books for your child at his or her reading level.

Beginning Second Grade Books
The Bear Detectives: The Case of the Missing Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Will the Bear family solve the case? Will Farmer Ben get his pumpkin back? And who is the Spooky Stranger?

Marsha Makes Me Sick by Barbara Bottner
Lulu's younger sister Marsha, who has the chicken pox, seems to be taking all of their mother's time, and Lulu tries hard to get some attention of her own.

Annie's Pet by Barbara Brenner
On her way to the pet shop to buy an animal with her birthday money, Annie buys a toy, a collar, a dish and a leash and discovers that she has no money left for a pet.

Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy by Marc Brown
When Arthur loses a tooth and gets a dollar from the Tooth Fairy, his little sister D.W. tries to trick the Tooth Fairy into visiting her too.

Daniel's Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla
Daniel decides he hates the duck he has carved until the best wood-carver in Tennessee admires it.

The Joy Boys by Betsy Byars
Two brothers share several adventures with their dog on the family farm, riding cows, making mud bombs, and hunting for a wild animal.

Minnie and Moo Save the Earth by Denys Cazet
Minnie and Moo, two cow friends, are sitting in the farmer’s hot tub watching the sky when they see a comet - or is it a spaceship?

Stuart Little Hides Out by Susan Hill
When Stuart Little and Snowbell the cat are left alone for the afternoon, they discover that the game of hide-and-seek can be dangerous.

Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
A little boy is surprised and pleased when one of the dinosaurs from the museum agrees to play with him.

Mrs. Brice's Mice by Syd Hoff
Mrs. Brice has twenty-five mice. Twenty-four of them do everything together, but one very small mouse does everything differently.

Silly Times with Two Silly Trolls by Nancy Jewell
Nip and Tuck, two troll brothers, discuss the difference between here and there, write poems while sliding on the ice, and find an old clock that is stopped at five o’clock. You can read more about Nip and Tuck in Two Silly Trolls.

Lionel and Louise by Stephen Krensky
In this book in the series about Lionel, he and his big sister Louise play at the beach, fight a "dragon," and camp out in the backyard.

Small Pig by Arnold Lobel
After the farmer's wife cleans up all of his good, soft mud, Small Pig runs away to the city to find a better pig pen. But , once there, the puddle he thought was mud is not mud at all! And now this small pig has one BIG problem.

Fox on the Job by James Marshall
Fox tries to earn money for a new bicycle in several different jobs. Other titles include: Fox Be Nimble, Fox all Week, Fox on Wheels and others.

Beezy by Megan McDonald
Beezy and her best friend Merlin, who live in Florida, wait out a hurricane, find a dog, and make friends with a circus performer. Other books about Beezy include: Beezy and Funnybone, Beezy at Bat, and Beezy Magic.

Little Bear's Visit by Else Holmelund Minarik
An account of a truly perfect day that Little Bear spends with his beloved grandparents. Other books about Little Bear include: Little Bear, Father Bear Comes Home, Little Bear's Friend, and A Kiss for Little Bear.

Eek! Stories to Make you Shriek by Jane O'Connor
Three scary stories about a talking doll, a dog picture that barks, and a Halloween monster.

A Fish out of Water by Helen Palmer
You'll never believe what happens when a boy feeds his goldfish too much!

Marvin One Too Many by Katherine Paterson
When Marvin refuses to go back to his new school because he is the only one in his new class who cannot read, his father decides to help him learn by reading with him.

The Smallest Cow in the World by Katherine Paterson
Though Rosie is the meanest cow in the herd, five-year-old Marvin is inconsolable when she is sold and he and his family move to another dairy farm.

Big Max by Kin Platt
There is only one person who can help the King of Pooka Pooka find his missing elephant - Big Max, the world’s greatest detective.

I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss
By the use of clever Seuss rhymes, tongue twisters, and zany illustrations, the Cat in the Hat proves that the best kind of reading is the kind you do with your eyes wide open!
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Nate plunges into his new and baffling case. By getting all the facts, asking the right questions, and narrowing down the suspects, Nate solves the mystery and tracks down the culprit.
Best Little Monkeys in the World by Natalie Standiford
Marvin and Mary are the happiest little monkeys. Their baby-sitter is coming. She will talk on the phone all night and they will get to do whatever they want!

Morris Goes to School by B. Wiseman
Morris the Moose decides to go to school because he can't read or count. There are several other books about Morris and his friend Boris including: "Morris the Moose" and "Morris and Boris at the Circus".
Tale of a Tadpole by Karen Wallace
This informational book describes the development of a tadpole into a frog. Eyewitness Readers Level 1.

Intermediate Second Grade Books

Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game by David A. Adler
When fifth-grader Cam Jansen and her friend Eric go to a birthday party, she uses her photographic memory to solve the puzzle of the dinosaur count. There are more easy-to-read Young Cam Jansen books in this series as well as more difficult JF chapter books about Cam Jansen.

Alison’s Puppy by Marion Dane Bauer
All Alison wants is a puppy for her birthday.

The Case of the Double Cross by Crosby Bonsall
Wizard’s private eyes don't want any girls, and the sign on the clubhouse door says just that: NO GIRLS. But Marigold and her friends dream of joining the club.

Hooray for the Golly Sisters by Betsy Byars
In continuing adventures, May-May and Rose take their traveling road show to more audiences in this fun series that includes The Golly Sisters Go West and The Golly Sisters Ride Again.

The Joy Boys by Betsy Byars
The Joy Boys are ready for action. J.J. and Harry are heading for the corral because they can't wait to go cowback riding. But when they hop onto the cows, they're in for the ride of their lives.

The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr
Ariel almost causes her famous mother to lose a balloon race and then helps her win it. A story based on a real ballooning family of the late 1800's.

Bony-Legs by Joanna Cole
When a terrible witch vows to eat her for supper, a little girl escapes with the help of a magic mirror and a comb. Based on the old Russian tales of Baba-Yaga.

Pretty Good Magic by Cathy East Dubowski
When Presto the magician comes to town, he performs a trick that causes lots of funny trouble. The town will never be the same!

Fishy Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg
A collection of simple riddles about fish, such as Why are fish so smart? They are always in schools. You will also find many other riddle books by these authors.

Frog and Toad all Year by Arnold Lobel
Best friends, Frog and Toad, have many warm and humorous adventures in several books including: Frog and Toad Together, Frog and Toad are Friends, and Days with Frog and Toad.

Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel
A mouse convinces a weasel he needs the ingredients from several stories to make a tasty mouse soup.

Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel
When Mother and Father Elephant are lost at sea, Old Uncle Elephant, who has more wrinkles than the beach has sand, makes a new home for his young nephew.

Newt by Novak, Matt
In three related stories Newt, a small salamander, has a perfect day, meets a strange bug and makes a friend.

Button Soup by Doris Orgel
In this modern version of the French folk tale "Stone Soup", Rag-Tag-Meg shows the neighborhood how to make a delicious pot of soup while starting with only water and an old wooden button.

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
When Amelia Bedelia draws the drapes or dresses a chicken, the results are hilariously different than might be expected. Other books include: Come Back Amelia Bedelia, Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower, Amelia Bedelia and the Baby and others.

Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish
An easy to read introduction to eleven different dinosaurs - their size, their diet, the pronunciation of their names, and their distinctive characteristics.

The Outside Dog by Charlotte Pomerantz
Marisol has always wanted a dog, but her grandfather says they have fleas and ticks and who knows what. Then one day they find a skinny brown mutt without a flea on him!

Deputy Dan Get his Man by Joseph Rosenbloom
Deputy Dan sets out to foil Shootin' Sam's dastardly plan to rob a train.

The Case of the Climbing Cat (The High-Rise Private Eyes) by Cynthia Rylant
While having breakfast at their favorite diner, two detectives, Bunny and Jack, solve a mystery that is not what it seems. The first book in The High-Rise Private Eyes series.

Henry and Mudge: The First Book of their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge. There are many other wonderful books about the two friends.

Mr. Putter and Tabby Toot the Horn by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter’s neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, decides that they should join a band, but finding the right one isn't as easy as it sounds - for them or their pets. There are several other books about Mr. Putter and Tabby too.

Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant
In his first adventure, Poppleton makes a friend, reads a library book, and helps a sick friend get better. Other books about Poppleton include, Poppleton and Friends, Poppleton Everyday, Poppleton Forever and others.

A Mare for Young Wolf by Janice Shefelman
Teased for choosing a mare for his first horse, Young Wolf learns how to ride like a warrior.

Dust for Dinner by Turner, Ann
This dramatic story about the dust bowl, set during the Great Depression, shows how one family stays together during difficult times.

Oliver Pig at School by Jean Van Leeuwen
It's the first day of school, the day that Oliver has been waiting for, and he's got those first-day jitters.

Dinosaur Dinners by Lee Davis
Learn about many different kinds of dinosaurs and find out what they like to eat. Eyewitness Readers Level 2.

Challenging Second Grade Books

Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley
In this exciting "I Can Read History Book", we learn what it must have been like for a young boy to fight in the Battle that marked the beginning of the American Revolution.
Sarah's Unicorn by Bruce and Katherine Coville
Although she tries to keep her friendship with Oakhorn a secret, Sarah's wicked aunt finds out and is determined to rob the unicorn of his magic.

Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation by Doug Cushman
A mystery-loving anteater has a chance to solve several mysteries during her vacation at the Hotel Bathwater.
Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger
Amber is nervous about starting second grade with a new teacher, but despite being in the same class as mean Hannah Burton, things turn out just fine. Look for Amber Brown in more easy-to-read stories and in longer JF chapter books also by Paula Danziger.

Buck-Buck the Chicken by Amy Ehrlich
Nancy’s pet chicken, Buck-Buck, has trouble learning to act like an ordinary chicken.

Arthur's Prize Reader by Lillian Hoban
Although Arthur loses the Super Chimp Club contest, his pupil, sister Violet, wins the first grade reading competition and a prize for them both.

A Bargain for Frances Russell Hoban
Thelma usually outsmarts Frances until Frances decides to teach her a lesson about friendship.

Pinky and Rex by James Howe
Pinky and Rex are best friends, but a trip to the museum with Pinky's little sister, Amanda, puts their friendship to the test. This is the first book is a series about Rex and her best friend, Pinky.

Hill of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis
One day a hill of fire began to grow in Pablo's cornfield. Based on the exciting story of Paricutin, the volcano that erupted in Mexico in 1943.

Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel
Grasshopper wanted to go on a journey. "I will find a road," he said. "I will follow that road wherever it goes."

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
Owl loves his house where there are books to read and soup to eat on cold, frosty nights

Dragon's Fat Cat by Dav Pilkey
Dragon finds a fat cat in the snow outside his house, brings it inside, and soon has a family.

Rainy Rainy Saturday by Jack Prelutsky
Fourteen humorous poems about the pleasures and pains of a rainy Saturday.

The Story Snail by Anne Rockwell
John can do nothing well until a snail gives him one hundred fabulous stories to tell.
Mitchell is Moving by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
A dinosaur's exuberance about moving cools considerably when he realizes how much he misses his next-door friend.

Nate the Great and the Musical Note by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
When Rosamund turns a phone message from Pip's mother into a music lesson with a secret meaning, Nate the Great steps in to solve the mystery.

Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen
When beautiful princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.
Spoiled Rotten by Barthe DeClements
Scott helps his best friend Andy learn how to follow the rules in second grade so that he will not get in trouble.

Alien for Rent by Betsy Duffey
When a small fuzzy alien appears at their school, third graders JP and Lexie accidentally direct his powers against the bully, Bruce, and things get out of control.

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
The first book in the Magic Tree House series. Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic tree house, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.
Screech! A Book about Bats by Melvin & Gilda Berger
Simple text and photographs depict the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitats of different kinds of bats, as well as various myths about this flying mammal. Hello Reader! Science - Level 3

Animal Hospital by Judith Walker-Hodge
Two children find an injured duck, take it to a veterinarian at an animal hospital, and watch as she cares for it. Eyewitness Readers Level 2.

The Little Ballerina by Sally Grindley
Go along with Laura to ballet class and find out what it is really like. Eyewitness Readers Level 2.