Ultimate 2nd Grade Reading list

Here is the 2nd grade reading list. I’ve added a printable as well.


The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans C. Annderson

llustrated by the beloved creator of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House, and Katy and the Big Snow, here is a delightful version of the tale that boys and girls have loved for centuries. The Emperor himself, his court, and his clothes—or lack of them—are ridiculous as only the master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen can make them. Fifty-five years ago, Virginia Lee Burton added to this tale of fun her own irrepressible humor in pictures and design. This brilliant new edition features Burton’s original illustrations photographed anew, freshly exhibiting her lively concoction of remarkable spirit and beauty.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Clearly

When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith’s red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom (and speed!) come a lot of obstacles. Whether dodging a rowdy terrier or keeping his nosy cousins away from his new wheels, Ralph has a lot going on! And with a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there’s nothing this little mouse can’t handle.

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

Good ol’ Ribsy’s ever-curious mind has always gotten him into trouble, but this time he may have gone too far. After a comical turn of events, Ribsy finds himself in the wrong station wagon with the wrong children.

Ribsy will do anything to find Henry, but there’s plenty of excitement to be had along the way—and scoring a touchdown for a local high school team is only part of the fun!

For kids looking for a fast, funny dog story, Ribsy is a winner. This timeless favorite works well for independent reading.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Marjorie Williams

Here is one of the most beloved children’s stories, with the original illustrations from 1922—the ideal gift for baby showers, birthdays, weddings, and holidays throughout the year.
At first a brand-new toy, now a threadbare and discarded nursery relic, the velveteen rabbit is saved from peril by a magic fairy who whisks him away to the idyllic world of Rabbitland. There, he becomes “Real,” a cherished childhood companion who will be loved for eternity.

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird’s nest. This adorable baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats. “Delightful and informative but never didactic; a splendid debut.”–Kirkus Reviews

The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone

“The classic tale of the old couple, with no children of their own, who bake a gingerbread boy to keep them company. Just as the little old woman is about to take him from the oven, he slips away and runs out the door past a cow, a horse, a group of threshers, mowers, etc. All follow in hot pursuit until the gingerbread boy meets up with a wily fox, and ‘at last and at last he went the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven . . . He was all gone!’ A wonderfully frenetic cross-country chase is depicted in Galdone’s broadly humorous color wash drawings. Of the eight editions of this well-known story now in print, this hilarious version is the most delectable.” —School Library Journal,

The Three Bears by Paul Galdone

This familiar nursery tale features a warmly appealing bear family and a naughty, gap-toothed Goldilocks.

The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone

All three pigs set out to seek their fortune, but two of them come to a sorry end.

Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel

When the Pilgrims landed near Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620 they were unprepared for the challenges they would face. Many Pilgrims died until Squanto, a Patuxet Indian, taught them how to survive. To give thanks for a good year, the Pilgrims threw a huge feast, later called Thanksgiving.

Andy Shane, Hero at Last by Jennifer Richard Johnson

There are two things Andy Shane wants more than anything — to win the contest for best-decorated bike in the parade, and . . . to be a hero. He has a great idea for the bike part, although high-strung Dolores is upping the ante with her paper-daisy-covered helmets for her and her cat. But the second goal has Andy stumped, until the parade is in motion and his eagle eyes catch the reason why the drum corps has suddenly thrown the marchers out of whack. Pass the baton to a lovably low-key hero as he saves the day in another adventure for early chapter-book readers.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.

E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White’s Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, among many other books.

Whether enjoyed in the classroom or for homeschooling or independent reading, Charlotte’s Web is a proven favorite.

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

What’s a guy gotta do to get some freckles? This perennial bestselling favorite from Judy Blume has a fresh new look!

More than anything in the world, Andrew Marcus wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles—they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. But when Andrew asks Nicky where he got them, Nicky just says he was born with them. Some help he is!

That’s when Sharon offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe—for fifty cents, she promises, Andrew can look just like Nicky. His freckleless days are over! He rushes home to whip up the concoction. Grape juice, vinegar, mustard…

But what starts out as a simple freckle juice recipe quickly turns into something disastrous. Andrew is still determined to get his freckles, and to show that pesky Sharon that she doesn’t know everything—and he has the perfect solution! Or does he?

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great has a new case! His friend Annie has lost a picture. She wants Nate to help her find it. Nate the Great must get all the facts, ask the right questions, and narrow the list of suspects so he can solve the mystery.

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillio

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Stuart Little by E.B White

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwood

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl


Tell Me, Tree by 

Commotion in the Ocean


What if you had Animal Eyes? 

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by 

Hidden Figures” The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race


Mamma Built a Little Nest

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

Freedom in Congo Square

I am Jane Goodall: Ordinary People Change the World

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record Setting Dive of the Bathysphere

Over and Under the Pond

Who Says Women Can’t be Doctors?? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

I Dissent Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time

Nelson Mandela

The Youngest Marcher: The True Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist 

Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology and 3D- Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle

Founding Mothers: Remember the Ladies

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History

Grand Canyon

I am George Washington: Ordinary People Change the World

I am Martin Luther King Jr: Ordinary People Change the World

Ida B. Wells: Discovering History Heroes

My Journey to the Stars

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History … and our Future

What’s the Big Deal about Election

Chasing Space by Leland Melvin

Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician

The Founding Fathers! Those Horse-Ridin’, Fiddle-Playin’, Book-Readin’ Gun-Totin’ Gentleman Who Started America

Her Right Foot

Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes

Who Was Alexander Hamilton?

Women Who Broke The Rules: Coretta Scott King


The Box Car Children by Gertrude Warner

Who Was?

Where is? 

What is the Story of?

Diary of a Wimpy Kids by Jeff Kinney

A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

Magic Tree House 

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Ganett

Romona by Beverly Clearly

Captain Underpants by Dav Pikley

Dog Man by Dav Pikley

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis

Junie B Jones by Beverly Clearly

Laugh yourself silly with Junie B. Jones as she starts kindergarten! 

Alvin Ho

Dory Fanta

Mercy Watson by Katie DiCamillio

Foiling a robber, driving a car, squeezing into a tutu—is there anything the porcine wonder won’t do in her single-minded pursuit of treats, buttered toast, or just a rollicking fun time? And who knows what other adventures twinkle in her mischievous eyes? Here, for Mercy Watson’s loyal fans and new friends, comes a big fat paperback collection of pig tales that will have readers squealing with delight. Included are:

Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
Mercy Watson Fights Crime
Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise
Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig
Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes

Ellray Jakes by Sally Warner

EllRay Jakes is tired of being bullied by fellow classmate Jared Matthews. But when EllRay tries to defend himself, he winds up in trouble. Then his dad offers him a deal: If he stays out of trouble for one week, they’ll go to Disneyland! EllRay says he can do it. But saying it and doing it are two very different things

Absolutely Alfie by Sally Warner

Seven-year-old Alfie Jakes isn’t thrilled when her mom organizes end-of-summer playdates with her soon-to-be classmate, Hanni. Hanni is kind of bossy. So Alfie is relieved when Hanni is more fun to play with then she thought. Even better, she shows Alfie her cat–who has kittens! Alfie immediately falls in love with a little gray kitten and wants to give it a home. But one of the Jakes’ house rules is ‘no pets’ because Alfie is supposedly alergic. Alfie is sure she’s outgrown that allergy, but how can she convince her parents? Wouldn’t it be better to sneak the kitten home and PROVE that she’s not allergic? But keeping a kitten a secret is lot harder than she ever thought!