26 Great Books for 2nd Grade

1. Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog by Sara Swan Miller

Stories addressed to dogs and written from a dog’s point of view, featuring such topics as a burglar, bones, and running free. Look for more Three Stories titles.

2. Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework by Nadja Spiegelman

3. Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm

4. Akimbo and the Lions by Alexander McCall Smith

5. The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson

Prince Henrik makes a plan to find a wife who is nothing like his royal brother’s wife, who he thinks is too sensitive.

6. Captain Awesome and the Missing Elephants by Stan Kirby

On a class field trip to the Sunnyview Memorial Zoo, Eugene McGillicudy’s favorite animals — the elephants — are missing! Is Randy the tour guide really the evil Raging Radonkey, trying to ruin the field trip? Can the Sunnyview Superhero Squad save the day and find the elephants?

7. There is a Carrot in My Ear, and Other Noodle Tales by Alvin Schwartz

8. Dory Dory Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon

After her best friend learns to read before she does, Dory retreats into her wild imagination and finds herself in the middle of one of the babyish books she is struggling to read, encountering imaginary friends and enemies along the way.

9. Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Although she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else at school, Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny, never hurts another creature, unless she has to.

10. The Miniature World of Marvin & James by Elise Broach

When his best friend, a human boy named James, goes away on vacation, Marvin the beetle worries that their friendship may end.

11. Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone

12. A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts

Moving with his family from Korea to West Virginia, Hee Jun struggles to adjust to his new home, an unfamiliar language and the different appearances of his classmates before making friends and bringing a familiar flower home to his grandmother.

13. Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

14. Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

15. Kibitzers and Fools: Tales My Zayda Told Me by Simms Taback

16. Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa

A wealthy man in a Japanese village, who everyone calls Ojiisan, which means grandfather, sets fire to his rice fields to warn the innocent people of an approaching tsunami.

17. Eric Carle’s Dragons Dragons and Other Creatures That Never Were by Eric Carle

18. Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins

A boy and his dog learn about each other, go to school to learn more, then explore the world around them as they study science, geography and even foreign languages together.

19. Miss Daisy is Crazy! by Dan Gutman

20. Brown Bear by Suzi Eszterhas

Follows the life of a bear family as a newborn brown bear cub grows, plays, and learns how to take care of itself.

21. Katie in the Kitchen by Fran Manushkin

Katie wants to be helpful, and so she starts making dinner on her own.

22. Nate the Great and the Lost List by Majorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great interrupts his backyard vacation to find his friend’s lost grocery list before lunch. (Look for other stories about Nate the Great.)

23. Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name. Look for more Gooney Bird titles.

24. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

25. Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

26. Tornado by Betsy Byars


Monroe County Public Library | 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408 | (812) 349–3050

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