Second Grade Reading List

The end of the school year is always a bit bittersweet for me. I am more than ready to be done with lesson plans and homework, but I’m also faced with the reality that my babies just keep getting older. With another year in the books, I’m taking a minute for my annual look back at everything we read this year. Because the boy is now reading full-length chapter books on his own (a source of immense pride and just a little sadness for me), by next year I won’t need to designate which books were independent reading. As with last year, the books we both loved are marked with an asterisk.

Read Aloud:

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell*
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis*
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis*
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Favorite Medieval Tales 
by Mary Pope Osborne*
The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Independent Reading:

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo*
Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon
 by Kate DiCamillo
George Speaks 
by Dick King-Smith*
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo*
Further Tales from Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter*
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett*
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald Sobol 

I am already assembling a list of possibilities for next year. I have so many great books I am just waiting to read with him. I’m toying with the idea of A Wrinkle in Time next year, although I was in fourth or fifth grade when I read it for the first time. What else should I include, either for second or third grade readers?



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