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2nd Grade Reading List

Instructor: Cara Rogers
Choosing the perfect reading material for your students is no easy task. For inspiration and tips on choosing second grade level books, take a look at this fun-filled reading list.

Creating a Reading List for Second-Graders

When teaching reading skills to second graders, it's important to develop plans and strategies to make the material engaging to kids. To get a few ideas, take a look at this course which covers literacy instruction for elementary students. One way to plan ahead is to create a reading list.

It's a good idea to offer a wide variety of literary options for students of different reading levels in the classroom. For more specific guidance, check out this video on reading development across grades. In addition to ensuring you have the appropriate level of reading material, incorporating your students' hobbies and interests into the curriculum is a great way to get them excited about reading. You can also go over this chapter on promoting student literacy to find other ways to get students interested in reading. To help you get started, here is a list of fun books at varying second grade reading levels.

Eloise by Kay Thompson

First published in 1955, Eloise is a story that follows a vibrant, witty little girl through her home, the Plaza Hotel. This humorous tale shows that you certainly don't have to be a grown up to be strong and clever. Eloise empowers young readers through her funny and delightful adventures and teaches them the importance of self-acceptance and confidence.

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

This fantastical tale is the first of many following two siblings, Jack and Annie, through their exciting adventures in the Magic Tree House. The tree house is filled with endless books that when opened, sends the pair off to all sorts of magical places. Dinosaurs Before Dark not only transports young readers to marvelous new lands, but also emphasizes the thrill of a good book.

Verdi by Janell Cannon

Verdi, published in 1997, is the colorful award-winning story of a young snake displeased with the changing colors of his skin. Distraught by the new green stripe along his length, he attempts to remove it any way he can until his relentless coat turns green. This tale is about growing up, going through changes, and finding that changing appearance doesn't have to affect who you are.

Space Explorers by Eva Moore

As an elementary instructor, you have likely come across The Magic School Bus series in one way or another. Space Explorers is the fourth chapter book of endless stories that follow the adventurous Ms. Frizzle and her charismatic classroom of kids. Each story teaches a science lesson, and in this case, the class explores outer space.

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

In this whimsical tale, a young boy drifts into a slumber on the first day of school and rushes headfirst into a nightmare. He dreams that Mrs. Green, his teacher is a terrible monster, but finally awakens to the happy sight of an ordinary woman. The Teacher from the Black Lagoon is a humorous tale illustrating that reality is often far less frightening than we imagine.

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