Mama Monday: Second Grade Read Aloud List

The last few weeks I shared our Preschool Read Aloud List, Kindergarten Read Aloud List, and First Grade Read Aloud List. This week I thought I would share what we’ve enjoyed for our read aloud time during Second Grade. This list is moving into an almost all chapter book/novels list, but some picture books are still on here. I have noted which books are chapter books and which are picture books by noting the picture books with a (pic) and chapter books/novels with a (ch). Please keep in mind that children can understand books at a higher level than they can read them, so if the books seem advanced for this age group, they are supposed to be!
*Personal Family Favorite
  • Aesop’s Fables by Jerry Pinkney (storybook)*
  • Household Stories of the Brothers Grimm by Lucy Crane (storybook)
  • Tatterhood and Other Tales by Ethel Johnson Phelps (storybook)
  • The Book of Beasts by E. Nesbit (pic)*
  • Do Not Open by Brinton Turkle (pic)
  • Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges (pic)
  • Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack (pic)
  • Delivering Justice by Jim Haskins (pic)
  • More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby (pic)
  • Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins by Carole Boston Weatherford (pic)
  • The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka’iulani of Hawaii by Fay Stanley (pic)*
  • Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M. T. Anderson (pic)
  • Handel, Who Knew What He Liked by M. T. Anderson (pic)
  • The Serpent Came to Gloucester by M. T. Anderson (pic)
  • Dreamland by Roni Schotter (pic)
  • Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein by Don Brown (pic)
  • American Boy: The Adventures of Mark Twain by Don Brown (pic)
  • Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kinsley in Africa by Don Brown (pic)
  • Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries by Don Brown (pic)
  • Alice Ramsey’s Grand Adventure by Don Brown (pic)
  • Ruth Law Thrills a Nation by Don Brown (pic)
  • The Poppy Seeds by Clyde Robert Bulla (pic)
  • Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller (pic)
  • Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora (pic)
  • Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst (pic)
  • Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms (pic)
  • The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)
  • When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins (pic)
  • Ben’s Dream by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)
  • The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)*
  • Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)*
  • Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)*
  • The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)
  • The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)
  • Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)
  • The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)*
  • The Wreck of the Zephyr by Chris Van Allsburg (pic)
  • The Truth about Poop by Susan E. Goodman (ch)* The title is gross, but this book is really interesting and informative!
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (ch)***
  • The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson (ch)
  • The Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson (ch)
  • The Half-a-Moon Inn by Paul Fleischman (ch)
  • Stargone John by Ellen Kindt McKenzie (ch)
  • Wingman by Manus Pinkwater (ch)
  • Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren (ch)
  • Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein (ch)*
  • Leon’s Story by Leon Walter Tillage (ch)
  • The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville (ch) Magic Shop series
  • Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat (ch)
  • Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat (ch)
  • Shoeshine Girl by Clyde Robert Bulla (ch)
  • When the Soldiers Were Gone by Vera W. Propp (ch)
  • The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco (ch)
  • The Greatest Skating Race by Louise Borden (ch)
  • The Little Riders by Margaretha Shemin (ch)
  • Twenty and Ten by Claire H. Bishop (ch)
  • Bambi by Felix Salten (ch)
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (ch) series
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo (ch)
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo (ch)
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor (ch)
  • Timothy of the Cay by Theodore Taylor (ch)
  • The Bomb by Theodore Taylor (ch)
  • Sniper by Theodore Taylor (ch)
  • Ice Drift by Theodore Taylor (ch)
  • A Sailor Returns by Theodore Taylor (ch)
  • Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua (ch)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (ch) series
  • Homer Price by Robert McCloskey (ch)
  • Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey (ch)
  • Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain by Robert Burch (ch)
  • Christmas with Ida Early by Robert Burch (ch)
  • Queenie Peavy by Robert Burch (ch)
  • Skinny by Robert Burch (ch)
  • Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee by Robert Burch (ch)
  • D. J.’s Worst Enemy by Robert Burch (ch)
  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (ch) series
  • The Land I Lost by Huynh Quang Nhuong (ch)
  • Water Buffalo Days by Huynh Quang Nhuong (ch)
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (ch)
  • Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (ch)
  • Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen (ch) series
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (ch)
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett (ch)
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (ch)
  • The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett (ch)
  • Poppy by Avi (ch) series
  • Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald (ch) series
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (ch) series
  • Mandy by Julie Edwards (ch)
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (ch)
  • Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar (ch)
  • Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger by Louis Sachar (ch)
  • Johnny’s in the Basement by Louis Sachar (ch)
  • There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar (ch)
  • Space Race by Sylvia Waugh (ch) series
  • The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson (ch)
  • Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (ch)
  • Weasel by Cynthia Defelice (ch)
  • The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whittaker by Cynthia Defelice (ch)
  • Toughboy and Sister by Kirkpatrick Hill (ch)
  • Winter Camp by Kirkpatrick Hill (ch)
  • Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink (ch)*
  • Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil (ch)
  • Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (ch)
  • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (ch)
  • The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene Dubois (ch)
  • White Stallion of Lipizza by Marguerite Henry (ch)
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (ch)
  • Rascal by Sterling North (ch)
  • The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (ch)
  • Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (ch)
  • Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
What happens as the lists turn into chapter books and novels is a lack of time to read them all. Especially if your child really latches on to one of the series listed above. My general rule of thumb to get through all of my book lists is to have one book going before bedtime reading and one book going in the car. I try to use the books in the car for the series that Chipette wants to continue. For example, I read the first Penderwicks book to her and the others we are listening to in the car. Same with Harry Potter. And Lemony Snicket. And Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Well, you get the idea!
Trying to keep my voice, although I don’t think my kids would mind if I lost it in the treehouse,


  1. Thank you for this great list. I have a 2nd grader who has gotten lost in the sibling-shuffle when it comes to read alouds. I'm about to finish Swallows & Amazons (which he is enjoying) and need something new. He did like Misty as well. :)

    1. You are very welcome! Read alouds are the favorite part of our day around here. We do them right before bed, and since each girl has their own list, it makes for a lot of fun since everyone listens.

  2. This is a wonderful list. There is one book that is missing from your list that my second graders absolutely loved. It is another of Kate DiCamillo's books. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was by far the favorite book of the entire year. Thank you for making these lists. Parents and teachers are always looking for more good book ideas.

    1. Thanks for the book rec! I'll definitely have to check that one out. We recently finished The Tale of Despereaux, and it was loved.