Chapter books for 2nd graders

Debbie - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I am a 2nd grade teacher. I have been teaching (2nd or 3rd) for 10 years now. I love read aloud time during the school year and of course I have my favorites. However, after reading the same books again and again I'm getting bored. Does anyone have a favorite book that you read to your class that would be good to read to 2nd graders(just no Junie B. Jones please)?

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Jerrilyn - posted on 06/23/2012

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My daughter just finished 1st grade, but reads at a 4th grade level. We discovered Dan Gutman's My Weird School series & she is loving them! He has two other series in the same vein - My Weirder School & My Weird School Daze. There are 21 books in the first series & I think 12 in the second & he's up to #8 in the third. They all have rhyming names like Miss Daisy is Crazy and Mr Granite is from Another Planet.

Another suggestion is the Humphrey the hamster books by Betty G Birney. My daughter's entire elementary school (Pre-L - 6th grade including all teachers & staff too!) read "The World According to Humphrey" last year as families. It was an experiment & it was highly successful in meeting its goal of increasing reading & interest in reading.

Mandy - posted on 04/27/2012

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My daughter is in second and her class has had a lot of fun with reading the Flat Stanley books from Scholastic

Melissa - posted on 08/05/2011

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My son's 2nd grade teacher read Wayside School by Louis Sachar and they loved it.

Daniella - posted on 04/15/2012

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My second graders love the Magic Treehouse books and the Magic Schoolbus books. The girls fight over the new Fairy series in the library, so I finally bought a bunch for my classroom. Good luck!

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Sadie - posted on 03/26/2014

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Also, "The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe"...but not the rest of the C. S. Lewis series for that age. I know some see him as theologian but this book doesn't have to be read in that light at all.

Sara - posted on 08/19/2013

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I had a summer school literature class with 1st-3rd graders, they loved this old book called The Time Machine, it was about a scientist who went through time and met a young lady who didn't speak almost as if her and her friends were children then some hairy white ape-like people who controlled them. They were really interested in it and didn't want to stop reading.

America3437 - posted on 04/20/2012

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Gregor The Overlander! It is more of a 4th grade series but if your reading it to tyhem it shouldn't matter. The series is about a little boy who discovers a whole new world under his city. It kept me reading till I had read all the books in the series. Junie B Jones is too cute though.

Laura - posted on 03/21/2012

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I love historic fiction; I think its particularly important for children in this new "instant" millennium world they live in. Eleanor Estes wrote a series of books about the fictional Moffett family who lived in New Haven CT during World War I. Mrs. Moffett is a widow with 4 children who makes her living as a dressmaker. The books focus on the world through the children's eyes. There are 4 books in the Moffett series, but Estes wrote many others. She'd be my first choice for 7-8 year olds



I vividly remember my teachers reading aloud after lunch recess.....what a wonderful feeling that brings back.



P.S. While absolutely adore The Little House series, I think they are better suited to the 4-5th graders unless you don't go past Plum Creek

Sandy - posted on 11/12/2011

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I read the BFG and the Shiloh books to my second graders. They love the silliness of the BFG. After I read Shiloh and Shiloh 2, we watch the videos and do a compare/contrast of the two different styles.

Anonymous - posted on 11/07/2011

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With all due respect, I wouldn't consider the time period from which "Little House on the Prairie" was written to be ancient. When I think of ancient, I think of before or during medieval times. Perhaps you are thinking of a different way to describe this time period such as the "frontier period?" Just a suggestion:)

Danielle - posted on 09/18/2011

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How about the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary? They were my favorites in second and third grades.

Tammy - posted on 08/08/2009

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I'll add another vote for the "Little House" series. They're my favorite books and I've read them to my class every year I've taught and they really enjoy them. They come in handy when it comes time to teach ancient cultures and we make a timeline that helps them see how different their life is compared to Laura's and how close that is in relation to the ancients (it also helps them see that their grandparents are not ancient). We also study Native Americans and it helps them visualize the Plains region better since most of them have never been off the East Coast. Scholastic also has Junior Classics of many great books and I read some of those to them this past year, they really loved them. Check your book order for which ones they have out now. :)

Lisa - posted on 08/07/2009

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Judy Moody is good, and now there are books about her brother, Stink. One of the books, about the giant gobstopper, is awesome for teaching idioms, my students loved going through and finding them in the book and figuring out what they meant!

Valerie - posted on 08/02/2009

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Our kids do Flat Stanley as a read aloud and then do a unit on it. They have to write a letter to a family member and send them a Flat person of themselves to take a picture of and return. The pictures get hung around the class and marked on a map as to where the letters came back from. The kids LOVE it.

Holly - posted on 08/02/2009

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My second graders love Little House on the Prairie and it ties into studying about pioneers. I do an entire unit on pioneers that goes with "If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon." They love listening to LHOTP and they even create their own pioneer journals.

Heidi - posted on 08/02/2009

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I second Sara's suggestions on chapter books for 2nd graders. Another idea is to check the list of nominees for your state's book awards. They are almost always excellent current reads. Here is the link for Nebraska: http://www.nebraskalibraries.org/goldens... The intermediate ones are chapter books. They are all excellent and most would be appropriate for 2nd grade read-alouds. My soon-to-be 1st and 3rd grade sons enjoyed The Lemonade War and Eleven and are enjoying the beginning of On the Wings of Heroes too.

Emily - posted on 08/01/2009

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Horrible Harry series

The Bailey School Kids

Polk Street Kids

Matt Christopher books (he has some easy chapter books and ones that would be too hard)

Books by Patricia Reilly Giff

Suzanne - posted on 07/31/2009

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My kids have enjoyed Mr. Popper's Penguins. Usually read it in the winter and then do basic research and reports on penguins. I, too, am always looking for new books. WIll try some of the suggestions here!

Donna - posted on 07/31/2009

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I am also a 2nd grade teacher and I have read to my class Charlotte's Web, Matilda, Wayside (all three...then as a final project the kids write an exaggerated piece on themselves, illustrate their writing, and then I bind the original and make make a copy for each student to have on their classmates...the kids really like this)

Kara - posted on 07/30/2009

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Some chapter books for 2nd graders : Any "Magic Treehouse" series, classics like Trumpet of the Swan & Charlotte's Web (both EB White), Roald Dahl books (Charlie & the Choc Factory, James & the Giant Peach--these have movies to compare after reading the books), Stewart Little, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (& other Judy Blume) the Ramona Quimby series (although its a little outdated now that Junie B has come along).

Ones that I couldn't keep my 2nd graders attention: The Wizard of Oz & Little House on the Priarie.

I have kindergarten now & I still read some of those chp books. They love them.

Tosha - posted on 07/29/2009

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The worse school year ever, the worse halloween ever, the worse Christmas Pageant ever. I cannot remember the woman that wrote them. I read them to my class every year. I taught 2nd grade for two years and now teach 4th grade. They are very funny!

Heidi - posted on 08/02/2009

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I second Sara's suggestions on chapter books for 2nd graders. Another idea is to check the list of nominees for your state's book awards. They are almost always excellent current reads. Here is the link for Nebraska: http://www.nebraskalibraries.org/goldens... The intermediate ones are chapter books. They are all excellent and most would be appropriate for 2nd grade read-alouds. My soon-to-be 1st and 3rd grade sons enjoyed The Lemonade War and Eleven and are enjoying the beginning of On the Wings of Heroes too.

Kara - posted on 07/30/2009

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Some chapter books for 2nd graders : Any "Magic Treehouse" series, classics like Trumpet of the Swan & Charlotte's Web (both EB White), Roald Dahl books (Charlie & the Choc Factory, James & the Giant Peach--these have movies to compare after reading the books), Stewart Little, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (& other Judy Blume) the Ramona Quimby series (although its a little outdated now that Junie B has come along).

Ones that I couldn't keep my 2nd graders attention: The Wizard of Oz & Little House on the Priarie.

I have kindergarten now & I still read some of those chp books. They love them.

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