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Suggested Titles for Second Grade


The following titles may be enjoyed by Second Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.


Fiction books for Second Grade can be found in a variety of locations, including J PICTURE BOOK, J READER, KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL, and JFICTION. Click on each title for location and availability.

When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.

A young boy's imagined school trip makes the real trip look mundane.

Cork & Fuzz by Dori Chaconas

A possum and a muskrat become friends despite their many differences.

One day when Daisy is late for school, an encounter with a butterfly leaves her suddenly able to communicate with animals, and when Boom, a stray dog, is caught by the pound, she enlists the help of a host of other animals to rescue him.

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Also available in: e-book

When a bulletin board flattens Stanley Lambchop to one-half inch, he embarks on a series of unique and amusing adventures.

Frank and Joe Hardy help their friend Phil build a robot for Bayport Elementary's annual science fair, but when the robot goes missing the morning of the fair, Frank and Joe must investigate and find the culprit.

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
Also available in: e-book

When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

When Geronimo's sister, Thea, discovers an old, mysterious map showing a secret treasure hidden on a faraway island, the gang of the "Rodent's Gazette" is dragged into a treasure hunt.  More Geronimo Stilton books can be found in J FICTION STI or by searching Geronimo Stilton in the library catalog.

Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel.

Miss Daisy is Crazy! by Dan Gutman
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Miss Daisy's unusual teaching methods surprise the second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J.  More of Gutman's "School" stories are located in J FICTION GUT and can be found by searching My Weird School in the library catalog.

After her mother helps with her outfit, Missy is afraid her school picture will not be special this year.

After Mr. Putter buys three goldfish and takes them home, he discovers that his cat Tabby has a serious problem with them.

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.

The Number One Kid by Patricia Reilly Giff

When Mitchell's father gets a new job and his family moves, he and his sister go to a new school where they must make new friends and adjust to new routines.

Stella Batts Needs a New Name by Courtney Sheinmel

When a classmate makes fun of her name, eight-year-old Stella picks a new one for herself, but discovers that the name she abandoned suits her just fine.


Nonfiction titles for Second Grade can be found on many topics throughout the CHILDREN'S NONFICTION collection. Click on titles for exact location and availability.

Annie and Jack from the Magic Tree House series present information about ancient Greece and the athletic events known as the Olympic games that were held there.

This collection of children's poems involves insects and spiders in the lines of verse.

Just Joking : Animal Riddles by J. Patrick Lewis

This National Geographic publication presents a treasury of animal-themed jokes and riddles.

When Bob realizes that he is surrounded by palindromes, from his mom, dad, and sis Anna to his dog Otto, he discovers a way to deal with the palindrome puzzle.

This annual publication provides the latest information on a wide range of topics, including animals, culture, geography, the environment, history, and science.  The 2017 edition is reserved for in-library use, but older editions can be checked out; find them by searching the title National Geographic Kids Almanac.

A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Introduce yourself ot the world of nests with this book that reveals the variety created by the world's birds, animals, and insects.

Planets by Penelope Arlon

Young readers will gain an introduction to planets, with simple text, graphics, and NASA and European Space Station images in this book.

A collection of seasonal poems pays tribute to favorite foods with entries ranging from "Strawberry Queen" and "Only Guacamole" to "21 to Do With an Apple" and "The Cocoa Cabana."

Explore the mathematical concepts about something being possible, probable, or impossible with easy-to-understand explanations and  fun scenarios such as dice rolling and bowling.

Learn about the conditions of African Americans in the North and the South during and immediately after the Civil War.

Who was Babe Ruth? by Joan Holub

This biography of Babe Ruth, one of the most famous players in major league baseball, discusses his childhood, family, athletic abilities, and more.