8 Highly Recommended Best Books for 2nd Graders to Read

Older children need more challenges to stay interested while developing a skill. Most 2nd graders should no longer be confined to short picture books. Many yearn for longer stories with relatable characters and a satisfying ending.


Many books for 2nd graders feature more words, dialogue, and even chapters. However, that doesn’t mean they no longer need your assistance while reading. 2nd grade books are also still fully illustrated and have themes that are easy to digest.


There are plenty of books out there to fill your kid’s bookshelf. And today, we picked some of the recommended literature for your child. Here are 8 of the best books for 2nd graders that you can purchase.


The Best Chef in Second Grade (I Can Read Level 2)

By: Katharine Kenah and Abby Carter

Do you have a child who loves cooking? Then this book is for them! The Best Chef in Second Grade is about Ollie, who wants to impress a school visitor with his cooking. The Best Chef in Second Grade is geared to helping 2nd graders develop their reading skills while also keeping them entertained (and maybe a little hungry.)


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By: Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is well-known for many classic children’s stories, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of his best works. In this story full of wit, comedy, and imagination, we follow 5 lucky children who get to visit the alluring Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book about many things, from greed and poverty, to humility and kindness. 


Charlotte’s Web 

By: E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web is another classic children’s book loved by millions of people. Readers follow the heartwarming story of a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte. The book tackles mature themes, such as death and loss. But E.B. White’s writing makes it less jarring for younger readers. This story of friendship and empathy will warm the hearts of both children and parents. 


Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up

By: Melissa Thomson

Many reviewers online love Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up, and we bet your child will love it too! Keena Ford is a relatable 2nd grader who gets into trouble every now and then. Her misadventures are comedy gold, and this book shows that even the mischievous students are also kids with big hearts.


My Father’s Dragon

By: Ruth Stiles Gannett and Ruth Chrisman Gannett

Many 2nd graders crave stories with fantastic adventure. My Father’s Dragon might be the book that they need. Follow Elmer Elevator as he travels to Wild Island and rescues a baby dragon. This book is part of the My Father’s Dragon trilogy and was adapted in different media. Many parents and children find the book fun to read, and you might agree too.


The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

By: Natalie Standiford and Donald Cook

Dog-loving families will enjoy reading this book every night. The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto features the true story of a brave Siberian husky sled dog named Balto. Balto’s heroism is celebrated by millions around the world. This easy-to-read book is the perfect way to introduce the heroic canine to young children.


Awesome Science Experiments for Kids100 Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work

By: Crystal Ward Chatterton

Curiosity plays a crucial role in children’s cognitive development. Nurture this natural need for learning by teaching them fun and engaging science experiments. Awesome Science Experiments for Kids is a hands-on guide about exciting experiments and the science of how they work. The book features easy steps and colorful pictures. 


What Would Happen?: Serious Answers to Silly Questions

By: Crispin Boyer

We all know kids love to ask silly questions. But asking questions is part of the learning process. National Geographic Kids has compiled all those questions in their book, What Would Happen?: Serious Answers to Silly Questions. Whether it’s a question about what if dinosaurs existed in the modern age or if we can dig through the center of the Earth, this book has them all covered. Like many of Nat Geo’s books, What Would Happen? is informative and filled with engaging photographs.



All of these books are available today online for your reading pleasure. So the next time your kid asks for a bedtime story, you know which book to pick! 

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