Culture The Best Books for Second Graders  

Stan Holton
1.3k votes 188 voters 10.3k views 51 items

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.
list ordered by

1
65 9
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
E. B. White

2
45 7
Sarah, Plain and Tall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Patricia MacLachlan

3
58 14
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

4
47 9
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

5
46 9
Dinosaurs Before Dark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Mary Pope Osborne

6
42 8
Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
E. B. White

7
36 7
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Maurice Sendak

8
28 7
The Rainbow Fish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Toni W Linder

9
23 4
Amelia Bedelia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Garrett Christopher

10
26 8
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

11
21 4
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
ChangesDownClub added Dr. Seuss

12
20 6
Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Laura Ingalls Wilder

13
22 9
Freckle Juice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Judy Blume

14
23 10
Gooney Bird Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

15
20 8
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Beverly Cleary

16
26 14
The Absent Author is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

17
23 12
The Boxcar Children is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Gertrude Chandler Warner

18
19 9
Officer Buckle & Gloria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

19
16 7
The Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Johann David Wyss

20
19 10
Snake and lizard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Rod Theodorou

21
20 11
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

22
11 3
Arthur's Mystery Envelope is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

23
15 7
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

24
13 6
Junie B. Jones smells somethin... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

25
13 6
Lemony snicket's a series of u... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

26
20 13
Encyclopedia Brown Box Set is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Donald J. Sobol

27
13 7
Frog and Toad Together is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Arnold Lobel

28
19 14
Make Way for Ducklings is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Robert McCloskey

29
19 14
Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: Th... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

30
13 8
Horrible Harry in Room 2B is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

31
7 3
Clementine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Sophie Masson

32
6 2
Lassie Come-Home is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Eric Knight

33
18 15
The Sight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Erin Hunter

34
12 9
Nate the Great and the Lost Li... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Marjorie W. Sharmat

35
9 6
Get ready for second grade, Am... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

36
6 3
Nim's Island is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

37
13 11
The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Chris Van Allsburg

38
11 9
Smelly Bill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Daniel Postgate

39
9 9
The Dot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Peter H. Reynolds

40
7 7
Henry and Mudge: The First Boo... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

41
3 4
Sneakers, the seaside cat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Margaret Wise Brown

42
6 8
Piper Reed, Navy Brat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Kimberly Willis Holt

43
5 7
The Marvelous Mind of Matthew ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

44
3 5
My Father's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Ruth Stiles Gannett

45
8 11
Blueberries for Sal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Robert McCloskey

46
3 6
Three stories you can read to ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

47
2 5
Misty of Chincoteague is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Marguerite Henry

48
6 10
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

49
2 6
Mr. Putter and Tabby fly the p... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders

50
1 5
Boo's Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders