Unbeatable Second Grade Books

The following lists encompass the many reading levels found among second graders.  Books in the primary collection (JP) are “controlled vocabulary” i.e. containing words that follow basic phonics rules or words that are found on “sight word” lists. Books in the picture book collection can be read by more practiced readers. The J fiction collection is for readers who are ready to tackle longer “chapter books.”  To see a title's Lexile number, click on the title and then click on the "Full Record" tab.
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Anderson, C. W. Blaze and the Mountain Lion. (530)
Batman The Copycat Crime. (310)
Bingham, Jane Stories of Knights. (460)
Coerr, Eleanor Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express. (430)
Figley, Marty Rhodes The Schoolchildren's Blizzard. (430)
Kipling, Rudyard Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. (800)
Labairon, Cassandra Marty Marley’s Mighty Mountain.
O’Donnell, Liam Blackbeard’s Sword: The Pirate King of the Carolinas. (GN640L)
Platt, Richard Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter. (930)
Ransom, Candice F. Danger at Sand Cave. (180)
Sparkes, Ali Spider Stampede.
Stevens, Carla Anna, Grandpa, and the Big Storm. (440)
Teague, Mark The Secret Shortcut. (570)

Animal Stories

Real Animals

Banks, Kate Monkeys and Dog Days.
Bauer, Marion Dane Alison’s Puppy. (250)
Brenner, Barbara Beavers Beware! (420)
Broome, Errol Drusilla the Lucky Duck.
Bulla, Clyde Singing Sam. (240)
Cox, Judy Cool Cat, School Cat.
Demas, Corinne The Perfect Pony. (310)
Elste, Joan True Blue. (420)
Freeman, Martha The Trouble with Cats. (300)
Haas, Jessie Runaway Radish. (340)
Hall, Lynn Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard. (550)
Hänel, Wolfram Mia the Beach Cat: A Story. (470)
Himmelman, John The Animal Rescue Club. (360)
King-Smith, Dick Sophie’s Tom.
Larson, Kirby Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival. (AD810)
Mitchard, Jacquelyn Rosalie, My Rosalie: The Tale of a Duckling. (880)
Monfried, Lucia No More Animals!
Moser, Lisa Squirrel’s World. (230)
Pomerantz, Charlotte The Outside Dog. (410)
Rayner, Mary Rug.
Siracusa, Catherine The Parrot Problem.
Spinner, Stephanie Paddywack. (300)
Stanley, George Snake Camp. (360)
Voigt, Cynthia The Rosie Stories. (320)
Waas, Uli Where’s Molly? (500)

Talking Animals

Banks, Lynn Reid Harry the Poisonous Centipede. (620)
Byars, Betsy Little Horse.
Cazet, Denys Minnie & Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World. (430)
Fine, Anne The Diary of a Killer Cat. (590)
Griffith, Helen Alex and the Cat.
Howe, James It Came From Beneath the Bed! (670)
McKissack, Patricia Monkey-Monkey’s Trick: Based on an African Folktale. (280)
Miller, Sara Swan Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat.
Moon, Nicola Alligator Tails and Crocodile Cakes. (390)
Scheidl, Gerda Andy’s Wild Animal Adventure.
Smith, Mavis A Snake Mistake. (120)
Weiss, Ellen Porky and Bess. (410)
Winters, Kay Where are the Bears?


Adler, David A Picture Book of Anne Frank. (AD800)
Anderson, William Prairie Girl : The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Birnbaum, Bette Jane Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees.
Brighton, Catherine Mozart: Scenes from the Childhood of the Great Composer.
Coerr, Eleanor Sadako. (AD500)
DePaola, Tomie 26 Fairmount Avenue. (760)
Fisher, Leonard Galileo. (AD980)
Gerstein, Mordicai The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. (AD480)
Jordan, Roslyn Salt in His Shoes. (460)
Keller, Jack Tom Edison’s Bright Idea.
Kerley, Barbara The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminated History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer. (AD550)
Krull, Kathleen The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth. (860)
McCully, Emily The Pirate Queen.
Rappaport, Doreen Martin's Big Words : The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (AD410)
St. George, Judith Zarafa: The Giraffe Who Walked to the King.  (AD670)
Stanley, Fay The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Kaiulani.  (AD1040)
Sweet, Melissa Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. (AD1000)
Warhola, James Uncle Andy’s Cats. (AD760)


Ahlberg, Allan The Woman Who Won Things.
Danziger, Paula What a Trip, Amber Brown. (250)
Harper, Jessica Underpants on My Head. (630)
Krensky, Stephen Lionel and Louise. (160)
McDonough, Yona Zeidis A Doll Named Dora Anne. (360)
Munsch, Robert N. I’m So Embarrassed! (620)
O’Neill, Catharine Annie and Simon. (260)
Porte, Barbara Ann Harry in Trouble.
Sachar, Louis Kidnapped at Birth? (290)
Stout, Shawn K. Fiona Finkelstein, Big-Time Ballerina! (630)
Wight, Eric Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom. (530)


Andrew Lost On the Dog.
Benjamin, A.H. Jumping Jack.
Betancourt, Jeanne Ava Tree and the Wishes Three. (410)
Buller, Jon 20,000 Baseball Cards Under the Sea. (330)
Byars, Betsy Little Horse.
Coombs, Patricia The Magician and McTree.
Corbett, Scott Dr. Merlin’s Magic Shop.
Cresswell, Helen Almost Good-Bye.
D’Lacey, Chris Gruffen.
Farber, Erica Purple Pickle Juice. (440)
Gould, Robert Rex.
Hoban, Russell Monsters.
King-Smith, Dick Jenius: The Amazing Guinea Pig. (NC860)
Lindgren, Astrid Pippi’s Extraordinary Ordinary Day. (800)
Low, Alice Zena and the Witch Circus.
Madsen, Ross Perrywinkle and the Book of Magic Spells.
Moser, Lisa The Monster in the Backpack. (370)
Oram, Hiawyn My Unwilling Witch Goes to Ballet School. (NC890)
Osborne, Mary Pope Dinosaurs Before Dark. (240)
Pennypacker, Sara Stuart’s Cape. (300)
Pinkwater, Daniel Second Grade Ape. (330)
Rainbow Fairies India the Moonstone Fairy. (NC690)
Robert, Adrian My Grandma, the Witch.
Sanvoisin, Eric The Ink Drinker. (550)
Scheidl, Gerda Marie Andy’s Wild Animal Adventure.
Spider-Man Spider-Man’s Amazing Powers. (940)
Whybrow, Ian Little Wolf’s Haunted Hall for Small Horrors.

Folk & Fairytales

Aardema, Verna Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale.
Czernecki, Stefan The Singing Snake.
Daly, Niki Why the Sun & Moon Live in the Sky.
Daynes, Katie The Little Mermaid. (610)
De Paola, Tomie Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill. (600)
Kellogg, Steven Paul Bunyan: A Tall Tale. (1030)
Kimmel, Eric Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock. (380)
Lewis, Paul Storm Boy.
Marshall, James Hansel and Gretel.
Orgel, Doris Next Time I Will: An Old English Tale.
Shepard, Aaron Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria. (340)
Storr, Catherine The Sword in the Stone.
Tarcov, Edith The Frog Prince. (380)
Willey, Margaret Cleaver Beatrice: An Upper Peninsula Conte. (470)
Young, Ed Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China. (670)


Barrows, Annie Ivy + Bean. (510)
Cole, Joanna Bully Trouble. (280)
DiCamillo, Kate Bink & Gollie. (AD310)
Greene, Stephanie Princess Posey and the Monster Stew.
Guest, Elissa Haden Iris and Walter. (330)
Hest, Amy Party on Ice.
Holub, Joan Pen Pals. (280)
Howe, James Pinky and Rex and the Spelling Bee. (480)
Kerrin, Jessica Scott Martin Bridge Ready for Takeoff! (610)
Look, Lenore Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things. (600)
O’Connor, Jane Molly the Brave and Me. (320)
Pee-Wee Scouts Cookies and Crutches. (370)
Penner, Lucille Recht Clean Sweep Campers. (430)
Prager, Annabelle The Baseball Birthday Party. (450)
Staunton, Ted Music by Morgan.
Wilner-Pardo, Gina Spider Storch’s Carpool Castastrophe. (560)
Wojciechowski, Susan Don’t Call Me Beanhead! (810)

Ghost & Scary Stories

Ahlberg, Allan The Ghost Train.
Charles, Veronika Don’t Open the Door!
Cox, Phil Mystery Mansion. (600)
DeFelice, Cynthia The Dancing Skeleton. (590)
Galdone, Joanna The Tailypo: A Ghost Story. (AD880)
Galdone, Paul The Monster and the Tailor: A Ghost Story.
Greer, Gery Billy the Ghost and Me. (270)
Hayes, Geoffrey The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost. (350)
Impy, Rose The Flat Man.
Martin, Bill The Ghost-Eye Tree. (NP)
Mosel, Arlene The Funny Little Woman. (570)
Punter, Russell Stories of Ghosts. (580)
Schwartz, Alvin In a Dark, Dark Room, and Other Scary Stories.  (430)
Stamper, Judith Five Creepy Creatures. (310)
Thompson, Jill Scary Godmother.
Utton, Peter The Witch’s Hand.

Historical Fiction

American Girls Meet Kaya : An American Girl. (650)
Avi Abigail Takes the Wheel. (390)
Boegehold, Betty A Horse Called Starfire. (470)
Bunting, Eve Cheyenne Again.
Byars, Betsy The Golly Sisters Go West. (210)
Coerr, Eleanor Chang’s Paper Pony. (440)
Cohen, Barbara Molly’s Pilgrim. (450)
Dear America Five Smooth Stones: Hope’s Diary. (640)
Glass, Julie The Fly on the Ceiling: A Math Myth. (560)
McCully, Emily The Battle for St. Michaels. (440)
Mochizuki, Ken Baseball Saved Us. (AD550)
Monjo, F.N. The Drinking Gourd. (370)
Randall, Alison L. The Wheat Doll. (AD680)
Ransom, Candice Danger at Sand Cave. (180)
Sandin, Joan The Long Way Westward. (320)
Shefelman, Janice Young Wolf and Spirit Horse. (350)
Shub, Elizabeth The White Stallion. (470)
Standiford, Natalie The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto.  (330)
Van Leeuwen, Jean Papa and the Pioneer Quilt. (AD510)
Welch, Catherine Clouds of Terror. (450)
Wells, Rosemary Wingwalker. (650)
Woodson, Jacqueline Coming On Home Soon. (550)


Ahlberg, Allan The Cat Who Got Carried Away. (430)
Applegate, Katherine Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs. (380)
Brenner, Barbara Too Many Mice. (290)
Dahl, Michael Laff-O-Tronic Animal Jokes!
Dahl, Roald The Enormous Crocodile. (410)
DiCamillo, Kate Mercy Watson to the Rescue. (450)
Hooks, William Mr. Baseball. (370)
Manes, Stephen Life is No Fair!
Milne, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees.
Munsch, Robert Munschworks: The First Munsch Collection.
Parish, Peggy Amelia Bedelia. (140)
Proimos, James The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton: Stories and Pictures. (380)
Quackenbush, Robert Henry’s Awful Mistake.
Ricky Ricotta Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot.
Seuss, Dr. Oh Say Can You Say? (NP)
Stevenson, James National Worm Day.
Thaler, Mike The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon. (400)

Information Books

Adler, David Money Madness. (AD770L)
Aillaud, Cindy Lou Recess at 20 Below. (AD900)
Beeler, Selby B. Throw Your Tooth On the Roof : Tooth Traditions From Around the World. (AD770)
Cheney, Lynne V. A is for Abigail : An Almanac of Amazing American Women. (AD1030)
Cole, Joanna The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge.  (610)
Davis, Kathryn Gibbs Wackiest White House Pets. (860)
Dennis, Major Brian Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle. (AD810)
Jenkins, Steve How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships.
Kudlinski, Kathleen V. Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! (AD900)
Larson, Kirby Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival. (AD810)
Miller, Debbie S. Survival At 40 Below.
Price, Sean Pirates: Truth and Rumors. (IG810)
Sis, Peter The Train of States. (NC1120)
Smith, Lane John, Paul, George & Ben. (AD660)
St. George, Judith So You Want to Be President?
Vernick, Audrey Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team.
Wells, Robert E. Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water?


Adler, David Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize.  (520)
Adler, David Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie. (360)
Base, Graeme The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery.
Bunting, Eve Jane Martin, Dog Detective. (230)
Butler, Dori Hillestad The Case of the Lost Boy. (450)
Byars, Betsy Cromer The Seven Treasure Hunts.
Cox, Phil Roxbee Mystery Mansion. (600)
Cronin, Doreen The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery. (570)
Goldsmith, Howard The Twiddle Twins’ Music Box Mystery. (540)
Grambling, Lois Happy Valentine’s Day, Miss Hildy.
Hayes, Geoffrey The Treasure of the Lost Lagoon. (380)
Levy, Elizabeth The Schoolyard Mystery. (410)
Napoli, Donna Jo Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries. (310)
Obrist, Jürg Max and Molly and the Mystery of the Missing Honey.
Preller, James The Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster. (380)
Rylant, Cynthia The Case of the Missing Monkey. (160)
Sharmat, Marjorie Nate the Great and the Big Sniff. (110)
Stevenson, James The Mud Flat Mystery. (320)
Third Grade Detectives The Case of the Dirty Clue. (580)
Yolen, Jane Piggins. (AD450L)


Altman, Suzanne My Top Secret Worst Days Diary.
Applegate, Katherine Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs. (380)
Cleary, Beverly Muggie Maggie. (730)
Cox, Judy Puppy Power. (360)
Duffey, Betsy How to Be Cool in Third Grade. (470)
Gantos, Jack Rotten Ralph Helps Out. (430)
Haddix, Margaret The Girl with 500 Middle Names. (510)
Henkes, Kevin The Year of Billy Miller.
Kline, Suzy Horrible Harry in Room 2B. (480)
Kline, Suzy Herbie Jones Sails Into Second Grade. (450)
McDonald, Megan Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid. (480)
McKenna, Colleen Third Grade Ghouls. (430)
Nagda, Ann Whitehead Dear Whiskers. (400)
Park, Barbara Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus. (380)
Schoenberg, Jane The One and Only Stuey Lewis: Stories from the Second Grade. (410)
Seuling, Barbara Oh No, It’s Robert. (500)
Stern, Maggie George.
Wilkowski, Susan The Bad Luck Chair. (580)

Space & Science Fiction

Buller, Jon Baseball Camp on the Planet of the Eyeballs. (460)
Bunting, Eve Wanna Buy An Alien? (530)
Cole, Joanna The Magic School Bus, Lost in the Solar System.  (480)
Dallimore, Jan Captain Cal and the Garbage Planet. (580)
Greer, Gery Let Me Off This Spaceship!
Marshall, Edward Space Case. (430)
Passen, Lisa Attack of the 50-Foot Teacher.
Pinkney, J. Brian Cosmo and the Robot. (AD400)
Scieszka, Jon Baloney (Henry P.). (AD400)
Star Wars Queen in Disguise.
Van Allsburg, Chris Zathura: A Space Adventure. (540)
Weinberger, Kimberly Space Jam. (400)
Willis, Jeanne The Long Blue Blazer.
Yaccarino, Dan First Day on a Strange New Planet. (430)
Yorinks, Arthur Company’s Going.
Zack Files Hang a Left at Venus. (430)


Allard, Harry Miss Nelson Has a Field Day. (390)
Bang-Campbell, Monika Little Rat Sets Sail. (540)
Bildner, Phil Shoeless Joe and Black Betsy. (790)
Christopher, Matt The Captain Contest.
Giff, Patricia Reilly Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat. (200)
Hicks, Betty Goof-Off Goalie. (280)
Hopkinson, Deborah Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings.  (380)
Jay, Betsy Swimming Lessons. (750)
Kline, Suzy Molly Gets Mad. (430)
Krensky, Stephen Louise, Soccer Star? (470)
Krulik, Nancy Soccer Sensation.
Marzollo, Jean Basketball Buddies. (240)
Marzollo, Jean Football Friends. (260)
McEwan, Jamie The Heart of Cool. (410)
McEwan, Jamie Rufus the Scrub Does Not Wear a Tutu. (570)
Mills, Claudia Gus and Grandpa at Basketball. (310)
Petersen, P.J. The Fireplug is First Base.
Pinkney, J. Brian Jojo’s Flying Side Kick. (700)
Prager, Annabelle The Baseball Birthday Party. (450)
Wilmer, Diane Gallop Off and Go.