Books My Son Read in 2nd Grade

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I created this category to save you from mistakes I made when I chose books from the large 8 – 12 age category on Amazon for my daughter only to realize later that she 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. My son read the books on this list in 2nd grade and he was fine with them unless noted.

I suggest you also check the category My Daughter in 2nd Grade or My Son in 1st Grade. My son is a good reader and a lot of the books he read last year are perfectly suitable for second graders as well.

Always check the previous age categories to see if there are titles my kids haven’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.)

♥♥Nim’s Island
nims island

♥♥♥Spirit Animals For a list of books in this series click here. He called it the best audio book ever. He listened to the first three over the summer on his iPod and when we got back home, he read #4 without a problem. He started reading #5 but 20 pages into the book he said it was not as exciting as the other books. So we put the rest on hold until later this year. These books are probably at a 3rd grade level and are not the easiest.
spirit animals

Power of the Fire Dragon (Dragon Masters #4) My son was excited the fourth book of his favorite series from 1st grade came out over the summer and finished reading it in no time.
power of the fire dragon

♥♥You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum!
youre a bad man mr gum

♥♥♥The Sasquatch Escape He LOVED it as did my daughter when she was in 2nd grade. For a list of books in The Imaginary Veterinary series click here. He asked me to get all the other books in the series. He is reading one after another.
the sasquatch escape

♥♥♥Giants Beware! (graphic novel) Check out its sequel here. Both my kids (7 and 9) loved it and asked me to get the sequel Dragons Beware.
giants beware

♥♥Sidekicks (graphic novel)
sidekicks

♥♥Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire The second book in Mr. Gum series, check the reviews here. My son seems to like this series a lot. For a list of books in this series click here.
mr gum and the biscuit millionaire

♥♥The Knights of the Kitchen Table Check out other titles in the Time Warp Trio series here. For a complete list click here. My son read several of them and liked them.
the knights of the kitchen table

♥♥The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything My son really liked this one and asked if it is a series. There is another one coming out in February 2016: The Pirate Who’s Back in Bunny Slippers
Shivers

♥♥♥Fortunately, the Milk
fortunately the milk

♥♥Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School  For a complete list of books in this series in order click here. He has read 2 so far.
benjamin pratt

♥♥♥Zita the Spacegirl (graphic novel trilogy) You can find the titles and reviews here. He read all three almost in one sitting.
zita the space girl

♥♥Dinosaur Habitat I read it to my kids when they were 5 and 7 and they loved it.
dinosaur habitat

The following two has almost no words but my son just fell in love with graphic novels and they are a welcome break from books he has to focus on.

Little Robot
little robot

Robot Dreams
robot dreams

♥♥♥The Stonekeeper Another graphic novel, my son read it in one sitting and asked for sequels. It turned out his sister (age 9) also fell in love with this series and both of them read all books that came out so far and were really sad to learn that they have to wait for the 7th until next year. For a list of titles in the Amulet series click here. Before you give this to your child to read, read a few reviews–if your child is very sensitive, you might want to wait because of the content (parents die in the first book I think). My daughter usually does not like any stories with something so serious happening but she was totally okay with it here and devoured all the books.
the stonekeeper

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
the princess in black and the perfect

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes (graphic novel)
explorer

♥♥Jellaby (graphic novel)
jellaby

♥♥♥No Flying in the House
no flying in the house

♥♥♥The Year of Billy Miller
the year of billy miller

♥♥♥Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1  This is a graphic novel both my kids fell in love with. They read the whole series and every time I brought a new book from the library they fought over who was going to read it first. For the list of books in this series click here.
lunch lady

♥♥♥Cardboard (another graphic novel my son loved)
cardboard

♥♥The Great Alaska Adventure!
the great alaska adventure

♥♥♥Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang He also read other Jacob Two-Two’s adventures: Jacob Two-Two-‘s First Spy Case Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas
jacob two two and hooded fang

♥♥Target Practice For a list of books in the Cleopatra in Space series click here.
cleopatra in space

♥♥♥Mr. Gum and the Goblins
mr gum and the goblins

♥♥♥Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear
mr gum and the dancing bear

♥♥♥Binky the Space Cat (graphic novel) For a list of books in the Binky series click here. He read all of them.
binky

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (graphic novel) For a list of book in the Hereville series click here.
hereville

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost (toward the end of 2nd grade?) For a list of books in the Ghosthunters series click here.
ghosthunters

Tommysaurus Rex
tommysaurus

♥♥♥Owly For a list of books in the series (graphic novel) click here.
owly

♥♥♥Marty McGuire. He asked for the sequels and read them immediately: Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets! and Marty McGuire Digs Worms!
marty mcguire

♥♥♥The Mouse and the Motorcycle He read the whole trilogy (Runaway Ralph and Ralph S. Mouse)
the mouse and motorcycle

♥♥♥Akiko on the Planet Smoo  For a complete list of books in this series click here.
Akiko

♥♥♥The Chocolate Touch
the chocolate touch

♥♥♥Dragonbreath #1 For a list of books in this series click here. My son read all the books in this series.
dragonbreath

♥♥♥Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked He refused to play games with us (which he loves) because he wanted to finish reading this book (he read it in one sitting). He read the other books in this series as well. For a list click here.
platypus

♥♥♥Cakes in Space
cakes in space

♥♥♥Oliver and the Seawigs
oliver and the seawigs

♥♥♥Hilo
hilo

Copper (graphic novel collection)
copper

Baba Yaga’s Assistant
baba yagas

Space Dumplins
space dumplins

The Little Leftover Witch
the little leftover witch

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
the princess in black and hungry

Pugs of the Frozen North
pugs of the frozen north

My Teacher Is an Alien
my teacher is an alien

Pickle
pickle

The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio)
the knights of the kitchen table

Goblins in the Castle
goblins in the castle

Goblins on the Prowl
goblins on the prowl

Treasure Hunters For a list of books in this series click here. He read the whole series.
treasure hunters

Jennifer Murdley’s Toad
jennifer murdleys toad

The Dragonslayers
dragonslayers

Mission Unstoppable For a list of books in The Genius Files series click here. He read the whole series as did my daughter in 4th grade.
mission unstoppable

Classic Starts™: The Three Musketeers
the three musketeers

The Haunted Library For a list of books in this series click here.
haunted library

The School is Alive! For a list of books in the Eerie Elementary series click here. He read the whole series.
eerie elementary

Circle of Heroes I started reading The Familiars series to my kids several months ago but we read only two books and now Matous picked up the third installment and eagerly read it on his own–he can’t wait to read the next one! For a list of books in this series click here.
the familiars

Into the Land of the Unicorns Matous loves books by Bruce Coville because they are full of adventure. He is in love with this Unicorn series and has read several of the books despite their size. For a list of books in this series click here.
into the land of unicorns

This Side of Magic He read the whole Keyholders series. For a list of books click here.
This side of magic

Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger You can imagine how he loved this one! Definitely good for boys!
sir fartsalot

Odd and the Frost Giants
odd and the frost giant

Lunch Lady Another graphic novel series that seems to be popular. For a complete list click here.
lunch lady

Deltora Quest #1: The Forests of Silence   For a list of books in this series click here.
deltora quest

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom My son read this book and its sequel.
the heros guide to saving

The Day My Butt Went Psycho My son read it in 2nd grade.
the day my butt went psycho

 

The following list of titles and series contains books Matous read over the summer (before he entered the 3rd grade)

Jinx For a list of books in this series click here. He read the first two books and is planning to read the last one.
jinx

The Dragonet Prophecy For a list of books in the Wings of Fire series click here. He read the whole series.
wings of fire

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone He read four Harry Potter books in about three weeks. Unfortunately we could not find the fifth one in Europe but he is planning to read that one now, at the beginning of 3rd grade.
harry Potter

The Secret Zoo For a list of books in this series click here.
the secret zoo

The Dragon in the Sock Drawer For a list of books in the Dragon Keepers series click here.
dragon in the sock drawer

Palace of Dreams  He finished the last book of The Familiars series. For a list of books in this series click here.
palace-of-dreams

The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw He loved the last book of his favorite series.
outlaw

Belly Up For a list of book in the FunJungle series click here.
belly-up

Poached For a list of book in the FunJungle series click here.
poached

The Wishing Spell  For a list of books in The Land of Stories series click here.
the wishing spell

The Map to Everywhere
the map to everywhere

Books I read to him or he listened to on CD

Masterpiece
masterpiece

Young Fredle
young fredle

Rufus M.
rufus

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (vocabulary is not easy)
the misadventures of the family fletcher

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963
the watsons

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
the penderwicks

The Forgotten Door
the forgotten door

Twelve Kinds of Ice
twelve kinds of ice

Gangsta Granny
gangsta granny

Crenshaw My son was the only one who enjoyed this audio book in the car so maybe it is not for everybody.
crenshaw

The Tale of Rescue
the tale of rescue

My Side of the Mountain
my side of the mountain

The Trolls
the trolls

Pennyroyal Academy
pennyroyal academy

Fablehaven I think we listened to 3 books so far. they are very long. It is a very nice series and we loved the first one but as you read (or listen) further, the adventures are somewhat similar, just with new monsters, etc. My son would like to continue reading it but the rest of the family is kind of tired of it. 🙂 But I definitely recommend the first one and then you can decide if you want to read further.
fablehaven

Dragon Slippers Both my kids loved it and we are about to finish the last book of this trilogy. For a list click here.
dragon slippers

Misty of Chincoteague
misty of chincoteague

Dealing with Dragons For a list of books in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series click here. Both my kids asked for the sequels.
dealing with dragons

Nightbird
nightbird

Mr Stink
MR Stink

Floors For a list of books in this series click here. My kids listened to the audio book when they were 8 and 10.
floors

 

 

 

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