Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books

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We have compiled a list of some of the best 2nd grade reading books that ‘ll keep your kids interest to reading books.

2nd Grade reading books child is the age at which time kids grow in reading books and they need books that maintain their interest in reading books.

Once students reach 2nd grade, they are ready to learning That’s because at this point, they’ve adjusted to their skill and knowledge.

2nd grade reading books readers continue to develop their reading skills as they learn more words and talk about what they read and develop more advanced ideas around those topics.

These 25 books are some of the best 2nd grade reading books

2nd Grade reading books a variety of texts including fiction, non-fiction, fables, and poetry such as the rhyming 2rd-grade reading books.

2nd grade reading books readers Understands the structure of a story. This books would be great for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade reading books readers.

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1. Once Upon a Star: The Story of Our Sun

Once Upon a Star: The Story of Our Sun Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Once Upon a Star: The Story of Our Sun

The worlds of poetry and science collide to create this unique book about our sun, our planets, our Earth-and YOU!

This is a wonderful 2nd grade reading books that introduces the Big Bang theory to little kids and shows how Planet Earth and life began.

Great for story time! Teaches the Big Bang, Evolution, and our solar system. Beautiful artwork.

Once upon a star, there were no stars to shine, no sun to rise, no day, no night. Until . . . a mighty BOOM!

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2. My Dog Mouse

My Dog Mouse Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
My Dog Mouse

Little girl tells the story of a very short walk she takes with Mouse, the dog, that takes a very long time since he’s so old and they walk slowly.

When they get to Mouse’s house, the girl gives him back to the lady who owns him and tells her they had a very nice walk. Sweet story about love and kindness between two beings who spend time together, but who do not belong to each other.

The story is cute for kids 2nd grade reading books.

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3. Seeds Move!

 Seeds Move! Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Seeds Move!

How a variety of seeds move from place to place. A wonderful addition to kids’ library.

Every seed, big or small, needs sunlight, water, and an uncrowded place to put down roots. But how do seeds get to the perfect place to grow?

This exploration of seed dispersal covers a wide range of seeds and the creatures that help them move, from a coconut seed floating on waves to an African grass seed rolled by a dung beetle, to a milkweed seed floating on the wind.

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4. A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build

A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build   Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build

Such lovely poems with great information, lovely illustration for 2nd grade reading books.

A Place To Start A Family: Poems About Creatures Who Build, illustrated by Giles Laroche.

The diversity of poems that fill the pages parallel the diversity of animals written about, poems that will begin a journey of wonder about other animals’ homes and construction prowess.

There are four sections—building underground, on land, in the water, and in the air and a bonus poem at the end. Why? Because it is so unique a “home builder” that it doesn’t fit in the earlier sections!

The poetry is fresh, fun and informative for 2nd grade reading books.

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5. Dory Fantasmagory

Dory Fantasmagory Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
QDory Fantasmagory

Dory is the youngest in her family and her older siblings won’t play with her at all. So she is left to play on her own and thanks to her great imagination, Dory has a lot of fun. Dory has a best friend, Mary, a monster who sleeps under her bed and is always willing to play.

There are also other monsters all over their house. When Dory continues to bother her brother and sister, they make up a story about Mrs. Gobble Gracker, a horrible woman who steals baby girls and is looking for Dory! So when the doorbell rings, Dory knows it is Mrs. Gobble Gracker coming for her.

Hopefully the little man who says he’s her fairy godmother will be able to help defeat her. In the end though it is Dory’s own creativity and bravery that will save her and maybe even get her siblings to play too.

Brilliant story for 2nd grade reading books.

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6. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

The main protagonist is the middle child of a Chinese family who has close relationships with his extended family.

He lives in Concord, Massachusetts and refers often to the historical figures and events that took place there, especially during the Revolutionary War.

Another interesting aspect of the story is that Alvin cannot speak in school and sees a psychotherapist to help him become more comfortable in this environment. He also creates a Personal Disaster Kit (PDK) to carry with him, just in case.

The story shows how Alvin learns about friendship and the dangers of giving in to the demands of a gang just to fit in.

perfect lesson for 2nd grad reading books reader.

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7. Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie (Eleanor)

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie (Eleanor)  Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie (Eleanor)

“Is there a story here?” for 2nd grade reader books. That’s the question Julie Sternberg asked herself as she and her husband drove their young girls around town after hearing news that their beloved babysitter was moving away.

Everything that Julie and her husband suggested doing brought up memories of the cherished sitter. Reaching down into her bag, Julie pulled out notebook and pen and wrote the first pages of Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie.

I had a bad August.
A very bad August.
As bad as pickle juice on a cookie.
As bad as a spiderweb on your leg.
As bad as the black parts of a banana.
I hope your August was better.
I really do.

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie is a sweetly written book about a soon-to-be third grader named Eleanor.

Eleanor is having a terrible August because she has learned that her babysitter, Bibi, is moving away to Florida to take care of her sick father. Bibi has been her babysitter for Eleanor’s entire eight years.

Eleanor is having a tough time coping with this change in her life. Nothing seems to be much fun anymore. And everything reminds her of Bibi. Then Natalie, a new babysitter, arrives. Natalie spends time playing mancala, a marble game, with Eleanor.

Natalie waits patiently with her for the mail carrier who never seems to have the greatly desired letter from Bibi that Eleanor anticipates. All of Natalie’s kindness and understanding seem lost on Eleanor. Will Eleanor adapt to this change in her life? Will she accept Natalie and come to terms with Bibi’s move?

Perfect for 2nd grade reading books readers.

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8. EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken

EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken

EllRay, the smallest kid in his class, is being physically and verbally assaulted by a large bully and his follower.

Something of a cut-up, and with a short temper, normally EllRay would react to this stress with verbal comebacks or acting out in class, but he’s trying his hardest to avoid all trouble this week, because if he can do that, his normally demanding father will take him to Disneyland.

This is an interesting 2nd grade reading books that tries to tackle a rather important subject, and despite its humorous tone and slight word count, it manages to hit some points about what gives bullies their power.

Powerful story for 2nd Grade reading books.

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9. Andy Shane, Hero at Last

Andy Shane, Hero at Last Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Andy Shane, Hero at Last

A bicycle-decorating contest provides Andy with a humorous and highly appreciated opportunity to save the hometown parade.

There are two things Andy Shane wants more than anything — to win the contest for best-decorated bike in the parade, and . . . to be a hero.

He has a great idea for the bike part, although high-strung Dolores is upping the ante with her paper-daisy-covered helmets for her and her cat.

But the second goal has Andy stumped, until the parade is in motion and his eagle eyes catch the reason why the drum corps has suddenly thrown the marchers out of whack. Pass the baton to a lovably low-key hero as he saves the day in another adventure for early 2nd grade reading books readers.

wonderful 2nd grade reading books.

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10. Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid

Megan McDonald’s Stink…The Incredible Shrinking Kid. The story followed the trials and tribulations of second-grader, James Moody… also known as “Stinky”.

Stinky is the shortest kid in room 2D, and to make matters worse, he is apparently SHRINKING! When the class is instructed to write a paper discussing their favorite president on Presidents’ Day, Stinky of course chooses James Madison, the fourth, and the shortest president of the United States of America.

Stinky’s family helps to mend his worries with a special surprise, which leaves him realizing that growing takes time and is a long process… but it WILL happen!
This book includes extremely creative illustrations and funny periodic cartoon strips, 2nd grade reading books.

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11. Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day (Humphrey’s Tiny Tales)

Humphrey's Really Wheely Racing Day (Humphrey's Tiny Tales) Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day (Humphrey’s Tiny Tales)

The title character is the class pet at an elementary school. He goes home with a rotating cast of students for weekends.

When Mandy takes him home, he gets to spend time with Winky, another hamster, and Winky has a hamster-wheel race car.

Humphrey dreams of having his own car, and eventually, he gets the chance to compete in a school hamster race.

This book tries very hard to be harmless fun and succeeds 2nd grade reading books.

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12. Absolutely Alfie and the Furry, Purry Secret

Absolutely Alfie and the Furry, Purry Secret Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Absolutely Alfie and the Furry, Purry Secret

she’s also a little tired of summer. Her mother makes arrangements for her to spend the last three weeks of vacation hanging out with Hanni, who lives close by. Alfie doesn’t want Hanni to think she is boring and to say mean things about her at school, so she plans lots of activities.

The girls end up getting along well, especially since Hanni’s cat has had kittens, and Alfie has taken a liking to one of them, whom she names Princess.

The family rule is “NO PETS”, but Alfie feels that the kitten will make the rough parts of school easier, so she takes the cat home and manages to hide it in her room for several days.

Kittens are more work than you’d think, however, and she eventually has to tell her parents.

Wonderfull story whose love to reading specially 2nd grade reading books .

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13. Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson to the Rescue Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson is a “porcine wonder,” according to her human parents. Mr. and Mrs. Watson love their pig, Mercy, as if she were an only child. Mrs. Watson even dreams (happily) about fixing Mercy her favorite food: hot buttered toast.

So when Mercy’s desire to sleep with Mr. and Mrs. Watson puts all three of them in peril, the Watsons believe that Mercy’s escape is an attempt to find help.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue is a funny story about parents who think only the best about their children.

Entertaining whose read to 2nd grade reading books.

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14. Gooney Bird and the Room Mother

 Gooney Bird and the Room Mother Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Gooney Bird and the Room Mother

In Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class, the Thanksgiving pageant will be coming up shortly. The class does not have a room mother.

Each student has a reason for why their mother is unable to help out. The principal is becoming very impatient. Gooney Bird Greene comes to the rescue as she is once again right smack in the middle of everything!

It’s a mystery as to who the room mother will be, but Gooney Bird is on the search and has an idea. Will the room mother arrive in time for the Thanksgiving day pageant?

She sure does, and it’s Mrs. Pigeon’s mother! Tears are shed, and the students are excited and Gooney Bird once again makes the classroom of students smile.

This 2nd grade reading books was great!

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15. The Miniature World of Marvin & James (The Masterpiece Adventures (1))

 The Miniature World of Marvin & James (The Masterpiece Adventures (1)) Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
The Miniature World of Marvin & James (The Masterpiece Adventures (1))

In a 2nd grade reading books about the friendship between a boy and a beetle.

The Miniature World of Marvin & James. Told from beetle, Marvin’s point of view, his best friend a human named James goes away on vacation.

While Marvin pines for his buddy, his cousin Elaine appears ready for an adventure. She discovers an entertaining contraption in the studio with an interesting hole to climb through and fluffy material to bounce on.

Both beetles have lots of fun in the mystery box until the contraption begins to whir and shake. A pencil remains stuck in the black hole, the beetles then realize they’re in trouble, trapped in a pencil sharpener. This is an extremely entertaining story For those who read 2nd grade reading books.

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16. On Duck Pond (On Bird Hill and Beyond)

On Duck Pond (On Bird Hill and Beyond)  Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
On Duck Pond (On Bird Hill and Beyond)

A boy and his dog take a walk in a new setting. This time it is near a pond where everything is very quiet but soon the ducks arrive and break the silence with their splashing and quacking.

The other creatures at the pond are startled and move away, including frogs, turtles, a heron and the tadpoles. Soon the pond goes back to being still and quiet and the other animals come out of hiding.

This 2nd grade reading books is a poeatic picture books.

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17. Giraffe Problems

Giraffe Problems Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Giraffe Problems

Edward the giraffe hates his neck. It is too long, too bendy, too narrow, too stretchy, and too patterned. He believes he has a neck only a mother could love.

He doesn’t like the other animals staring at his neck and he tries to hide in objects, with scarves, behind trees, etc.

One day Edward meets Cyrus the turtle. Cyrus loves Edward’s neck and wishes his was long then he could do so much rather than being nearly neckless. When Cyrus has a dilemma he would like Edward to help him with, Edward realises that his neck might not be that bad after all.

Have you ever looked at yourself or a part of your body and wished it was different. Maybe a smaller nose or bigger eyes? Wished you were taller or shorter? Then you are just like Edward the giraffe.

You might not realise it but every bit of you that you wish you could change there is someone else out there wishing they could be just like you. Do you want to have bigger feet? Another child might wish they had smaller feet and be envious of your feet, just as you are of their bigger ones.

Giraffe Problems is about learning to love the bits of you that you don’t particularly like. It is a beautiful 2nd grade reading books.

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18. Ivy & Bean (Book 1) (Bk. 1)

Ivy & Bean (Book 1) (Bk. 1) Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books
Ivy & Bean (Book 1) (Bk. 1)

The lone redeemable quality of the book was the friendship that developed between Ivy and Bean, when it initially appeared that the two had very little in common. Ivy was the prim and proper book-reader and Bean, the puddle-splashing rabble-rouser.

However, it was what the relationship formed around that was troubling. The two become friends when Ivy helps Bean escape punishment for one of the many instances when she torments her older sister.

Bean then discovers that Ivy wasn’t reading books because she was bookish, but because she is studying to become a witch. The rest of the book involves the two of them lying and causing trouble in their attempt to cast a spell on Bean’s older sister.

Kids will be kids, and that certainly involves their fair share of mischief. Ivy and Bean revel in their misdeeds and are never called to account for them. Bean’s mom even found it mildly funny that the girls threw worms in the face of her older sister.

Kids loves to these 2nd grade reading books.

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19. Claude in the City

Claude in the City
Claude in the City

Meet Claude he is a dog with an eye for fashion.

Claude lives with Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes and his best friend, Sir Bobbysock.

When Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes go to work, he has lots of adventures. In this book he takes a trip to the City and has adventures at the Art Gallery and the hospital. The Claude books are excellent for children whose read to 2nd grade reading books.

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20. Money Math: Addition and Subtraction

Money Math: Addition and Subtraction
Money Math: Addition and Subtraction

There is a lot of information in this 2nd grade reading books. However, counting money is a difficult concept for some kids. This could be the extension activity for the kids.

Money Math engagingly connects the real-world skill of counting money to more abstract mathematical concepts, such as fractions and decimal points.

The cartoon-like illustrations by Edward Miller invite readers to imagine the coin illustrations as real coins. Students who enjoy this book will easily transition from the book to manipulatives or actual coins.

Although the book is focused mostly on adding coins and bills in various ways, it also touches on the subtraction-related skills of making change.

The tone and message of Money Math is that counting money is fun, and so is the math behind it. Money Math is a great addition for any school, classroom, or home library.

This 2nd grade reading books perfect for children to teach the counting money.

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21. Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

In this story to Interrupting Chicken, Chicken comes home from school with instructions from her teacher to find the elephant of surprise in every story she reads.

Her dad tries to explain that her teacher is talking about the element of surprise, but Chicken is determined to write elephants into every story instead. 

This 2nd grade reading books are really intresting and fun.

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22. Sarabella’s Thinking Cap

Sarabella's Thinking Cap
Sarabella’s Thinking Cap

This 2nd grade reading books is so, beautiful.

In SARABELLA’S THINKING CAP, Sarabella has a huge imagination and always seems to be day dreaming.

She has trouble in school because it’s hard to keep her thoughts together. With her inability to focus on her schoolwork, she gets sent home with a note for her parents.

Instead of being in trouble, Sarabella learns that she gets her daydreaming from her parents.

They, too, had problems in school. Her teacher, Mr. F, tries hard to get Sarabella to say what she’s thinking, but nothing seems to work. That is, until he gives them the weekend assignment to draw your best daydream.

Entertainment for 2nd grade reading books kids.

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23. Now You Know How It Works

Now You Know How It Works
Now You Know How It Works

NOW YOU KNOW HOW IT WORKS explains how certain things work, such as rubber balls, kites, garbage, flashlights, boats, and much more.

The pictures that go along with each description are a great visual. There’s even a “Words to Know” section in the back to help with the definition of some words they may not know yet.

NOW YOU KNOW HOW IT WORKS is perfect for children with curious minds and who like to ask “why”. 

This 2nd grade reading books is the answer to your child’s “why” question.

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24. Fungus is Among Us!

Fungus is Among Us!
Fungus is Among Us!

This was really interesting and fun 2nd grade reading books.

A young girl out for a hike is spooked by a strange looking mushroom and tries to escape. But no matter where she turns – her backyard, her favorite tree, the kitchen, the bathroom, the pizza Dad’s making for lunch, her very own skin – fungus lurks. It’s everywhere!

But once she recovers from the shock and horror, our protagonist discovers the importance of fungi to keep our world clean, growing, and well-fed.

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25. The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng

The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng
The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng

This book is about a young boy, Jadav Payeng, that lives on a small island in northern India. As a young boy, he sees how the monsoon season affects his home. He finds snakes that are left stranded on sand bars and so decides to plant some trees.

He plants bamboo saplings. That’s just the beginning. As Jadav grows up, he continues to harvest the forest. What develops is a lush 1,300 acre utopia for animals. Jadav protects the area also from poachers and others infringing on the land.

This hidden treasure wasn’t discovered until a group of scientists were tracking a herd of elephants and came across it.

What a great way to teach young children that they truly can impact changes in nature and the environment.

Inspiring story for 2nd grade reading books .

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Frequently Asked Question

What should my 2nd grader be reading?

In 2nd grade readingyour child should be reading 50 to 60 words a minute at the beginning of the school year and 90 words per minute by the end of the year. … Make sure she has lots of experiences reading simple books.


How do you teach second grade?

Read to them every day. …
Use anchor charts to teach reading comprehension. …
Teach with superheroes. …
Create an inviting reading nook. …
Give your students a voice! …
Fire up your little storytellers’ imaginations. …
Research. …
Introduce your second graders to small-moment narratives.

How can I help my 2nd grader with reading?

Read to your child regularly so that she can learn to love books. Ask her to read to you and let her know that her reading successes — even the small ones — are special to you. Let your child see you reading, too, so she knows that reading is something that is valued by the most important people in their lives.