Books My Daughter Read in 2nd Grade

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The following is not a complete list. I tried to recall all the books she read but it’s been a year so I probably missed some. It was especially hard to remember if she read certain books at the end of 1st grade or the beginning of 2nd. I know she read different mysteries that are listed in the 1st grade category, Judy Moody books, etc. so just go through those lists first.

I created this category to save you from mistakes I made when I chose books from the large 8 – 12 age category on Amazon only to realize later that my daughter was either not mature enough to read them or they contained difficult vocabulary for her. If you are looking for safer bets this is it. She read them and enjoyed them in 2nd grade.

Always check the previous age categories to see if there are titles s/he hasn’t read yet. Many books have a wide age range and I tried to place them in the lowest possible age category (i.e. in the age group when I thought kids could read the book on their own, not listen to it.)

Cobble Street Cousins For a complete list of books in this series click here.
cobble street

Emma Dilemma For other books in this series  click here.
emma dilemma

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great If your child did not read the other books in the Fudge series, look for them here.
otherwise known as sheila great

The Year of Billy Miller
the year of billy miller

The Secrets of Droon For a list of books in order in this series click here.
the secret of droon

Twig
twig

Chocolate Fever
chocolate fever

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 To see other books in this series click here.
ramona quimby

The Courage of Sarah Noble
the courage of sarah noble

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing For a complete list of books in the Fudge series click here.
tales of a fourthgrade nothing

Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One For a list of books in the Pain and the Great One series click here.
soupy saturdays

No Flying in the House
no flying in the house

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator She found it a bit dull at the beginning but finished it anyway. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is definitely better.
charlie and glass elevator

The Indian in the Cupboard   Check out its sequel The Return of the Indian.
the indian in the cupboard

The World According to Humphrey and all the other books in this series.
the world according to Humphrey

Sideways Stories from Wayside School  and other Wayside School books. For a complete list click here.
sideways stories

The Doll People She enjoyed the other books in the series, click here for a complete list.
the doll people

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle For a list of books in this series click here. My daughter LOVES the stories of “naughty” children. She just read a few of them at bedtime the other night (in 3rd grade).
ms piggle wiggle

Gooney Bird Greene  and other titlesCheck the books in this series, their ratings and reviews here.
gooney bird

The Lemonade War For a list of books in this series click here. For rating and reviews click here. She loved all the books in this series.
the lemonade war

Boy/Girl Battle: The Boys Start the War She read the whole series, practically devoured it. Read the books in the right order. Click here to see a list of 12 books in this series in order.
the boys start the war

Matilda
matilda

Frindle and other books by Andrew Clements. I did not realize that Andrew Clements has written several great books for kids until my daughter’s teacher gave her  Frindle to read in 2nd grade. Then I realized that it is the same author of No Talking (a audiobook she loved) and looked up the rest of his books. When my son is in 2nd grade, I will introduce him to this author for sure, starting with Frindle.
frindle

She read the following books by Andrew Clements:

No Talking  She listened to this book when she turned 7. Then she read it. It is one of her favorite books.
no talking

The Report Card
the report card

Lunch Money
lunch money

Lost and Found
lost and found

Extra Credit (more reviews here)
extra credit

The Janitor’s Boy
the janitors boy

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School  For a complete list of books in this series in order click here. She enjoyed the whole series.
benjamin pratt

Blubber
blubber

The Hundred Dresses
the hundred dresses

Lisa and Lottie My daughter read this book in Czech but I checked the reviews of people who read it both in the original and in English and they loved the translation. It might be hard to obtain at the library but I would not hesitate to spend $5 (right now on Amazon including shipping) on a used copy because it is a wonderful story and all girls would enjoy it I think. Although the summary is in another language, read the English reviews below it here. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10101074-lisa-and-lottie?from_search=true
Lisa and Lottie

Emil’s Pranks My daughter read the book in Czech and enjoyed it. Like all other Astrid Lindgren books, this one didn’t disappoint. It is even better for little boys. Read the reviews here and see a list of other books about Emil (check the reviews on www.goodreads.com)
emils pranks

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
the miraculous journey of edward

Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon
my fathers dragon

Fortunately, the Milk
fortunately the milk

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles I bought this book for her in summer after she finished 1st grade. She did not enjoy the first pages of the book and said it was hard for her. Then her teacher started reading it to them in school and she fell in love with this book. She reread it later. For independent reading you should maybe wait till the middle of 2nd grade.
the last of the really great w

Half Magic For a complete list of 7 books in Tales of Magic series click here.
half magic

How to Steal a Dog
how to steal a dog

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone She tried this one earlier during 2nd grade but found it too confusing. I thought she would not be the type to read Harry Potter so I let her watch the first movie a few months after that. Suddenly she understood everything and expressed a wish to try the first book again (in the last month of 2nd grade). She fell in love with this series and has been reading the Harry Potter books since then (she is reading the last book as I write this–she is in 3rd grade now).
harry Potter

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