Culture The Best Books for Second Graders  

Stan Holton
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What are the best books for second graders? A child in the second grade might be really getting into reading on their own. Picking the best chapter books for 2nd graders can be tricky, as each child might be reading at a different level. Some will easily breeze through the first few 'Harry Potter' books, while other children might just be starting out with reading on their own. Be sure to consider a child's reading level when choosing a books for them. This list includes a variety of age appropriate chapter books for children who are entering, or already in, grade two, but it isn't complete. Feel free to add your own book suggestions, and be sure to vote for your favorites, too.

Some of the greatest books to read to children are included on this list. Not surprisingly, classics like 'Charlotte's Web,' 'Lassie Come Home' and 'The Boxcar' children are among the best choices for second grade reading. Again though, it all depends on a child's reading level. What works for one doesn't necessarily work for the other.

The second grade is a great time to introduce children to the joys of reading a series of books. Popular series' for kids around this age include the 'Magic Tree House' books (by Mary Pope Osborne), the 'Chronicles of Narnia' series (C.S. Lewis), the 'A to Z Mysteries' (Ron Roy), the 'Warriors: Powers of Three series' (Erin Hunter) and the 'Encyclopedia Brown' series (Donald J. Sobol). If a child reads the first book in a great series, he or she will be hooked, instantly, and they'll immediately want to read more!

Are you looking for books for younger kids, too? Check out these lists of the best books for first graders and the best board books for babies and toddlers.

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Charlotte's Web E. B. White

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Sarah, Plain and Tall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Sarah, Plain and Tall Patricia MacLachlan

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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Dinosaurs Before Dark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Dinosaurs Before Dark Mary Pope Osborne

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Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Stuart Little E. B. White

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Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

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The Rainbow Fish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
The Rainbow Fish Toni W Linder

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Amelia Bedelia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Amelia Bedelia Garrett Christopher

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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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Gooney Bird Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder

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The Absent Author is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

The Best Disney Princesses

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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 Beverly Cleary

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The Boxcar Children is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
The Boxcar Children Gertrude Chandler Warner

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Officer Buckle & Gloria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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Freckle Juice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Freckle Juice Judy Blume

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Junie B. Jones smells somethin... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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The Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
The Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

The Lamest Authors of All Time

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Arthur's Mystery Envelope is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Snake and lizard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Snake and lizard Rod Theodorou

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Encyclopedia Brown Box Set is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Encyclopedia Brown Box Set Donald J. Sobol

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Lemony snicket's a series of u... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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Frog and Toad Together is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Frog and Toad Together Arnold Lobel

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Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: Th... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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Make Way for Ducklings is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Make Way for Ducklings Robert McCloskey

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The Sight is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
The Sight Erin Hunter

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Nate the Great and the Lost Li... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Nate the Great and the Lost List Marjorie W. Sharmat

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Horrible Harry in Room 2B is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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Get ready for second grade, Am... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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Smelly Bill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Smelly Bill Daniel Postgate

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Clementine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Clementine Sophie Masson

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Lassie Come-Home is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Lassie Come-Home Eric Knight

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Nim's Island is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
The Polar Express Chris Van Allsburg

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The Dot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
The Dot Peter H. Reynolds

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Henry and Mudge: The First Boo... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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Piper Reed, Navy Brat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Piper Reed, Navy Brat Kimberly Willis Holt

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The Marvelous Mind of Matthew ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

The Best Movies for Kids

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Blueberries for Sal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Blueberries for Sal Robert McCloskey

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Three stories you can read to ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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Misty of Chincoteague is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Misty of Chincoteague Marguerite Henry

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Sneakers, the seaside cat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Sneakers, the seaside cat Margaret Wise Brown

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My Father's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
My Father's Dragon Ruth Stiles Gannett

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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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Mr. Putter and Tabby fly the p... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

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Boo's Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders