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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Second Grade Read-Aloud Recommendations.

I don't know why, but I have had two different former students email me for recommendations for good read-aloud books for second grade.  Here are some possibilities pulled from the email I sent in reply..  Feel free to comment if you have some other ideas.

Hmmm, a second grade read aloud?  Well, I know Kate DiCamillo has some wonderful books about a pig (I looked it up, -- it is called the Mercy Watson series) that are quite funny.  Let me look at my shelf and see what else I can find.  Hang on. 

Okay.  Two categories:

Classic Second grade Read Alouds:

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Charlotte’s Web  by E.B. White
Trumpet of the Swan also by E.B. White
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline
The Boxcar Children (the first one) by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

More recent books I think would work as second grade read alouds:

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Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger
Bink and Gollie  by Kate DiCamillo  (I find this book hillarious)
Vergie Goes to School with us Boys By Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard.  (Picture book – but worth reading to them)
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo  (this may be a little over their heads at the beginning of the year, but might work toward the end of second grade.)
The Cam Jansen series by Keri Arthur  (lots of fun)
Because of Win Dixie by Kate DiCamillo


  1. Disclaimer: I am a 1st grade teacher (not 2nd) but some of our favorites are the Roscoe Riley Rules series by Katherine Applegate and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, also by the wonderful Kate DiCamillo

  2. Good suggestions, Katy! Applegate and DiCamillo are both wonderful.