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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
E. B. White
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
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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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Sarah, Plain and Tall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Patricia MacLachlan
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Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
E. B. White
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Dinosaurs Before Dark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Mary Pope Osborne
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Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Maurice Sendak
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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
ChangesDownClub added Dr. Seuss
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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
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The Rainbow Fish is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Toni W Linder
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Amelia Bedelia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Garrett Christopher
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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
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Freckle Juice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Judy Blume
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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Beverly Cleary
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Officer Buckle & Gloria is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
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The Boxcar Children is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Gertrude Chandler Warner
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The Absent Author is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
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Arthur's Mystery Envelope is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
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Gooney Bird Greene is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
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Snake and lizard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Rod Theodorou
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Lemony snicket's a series of u... 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
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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The Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders
Johann David Wyss
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Junie B. Jones smells somethin... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books for Second Graders