Second Grade Summer Reading List

Chapter Books

  • Cazet, Denys. Minnie and Moo – Check out this series about two lovable cows.
  • Citro, Asia. Zoey and Sassafras – With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone!
  • DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson (series) – Mercy, a pig who doesn’t know she is a pig, enjoys a special life with the Watsons.
  • Flood, Pansie Hart. Tiger Turcotte (series) – Second-grader Tiger Turcotte deals with a variety of school situations.
  • Gantos, Jack. Rotten Ralph – Ralph, a very, very nasty cat, finally sees the errors of his way – or does he?
  • Griffiths, Andy. The Cat on the Mat is Flat – A collection of nine humorous stories told in insane rhyming style.
  • Haas, Jessie. Runaway Radish – When Radish the pony grows too big for the girls who own him, he lives at a horse camp.
  • Harper, Jessica. Uh-Oh, Cleo (series) – An 8-year-old describes her family’s foibles and her six siblings’ funny antics.
  • Howe, James. Houndsley and Catina (series) – Houndsley and Catina run into trouble when they decide to prove that they are the best at cooking and writing, respectively.
  • Kvasnosky, Laura. Zelda and Ivy, the Runaways – Two fox sisters run away from home, bury a time capsule, and find use for creative juice.
  • Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things – A young boy, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends.
  • McDonald, Megan. Stink and Judy Moody (series) – Stink is Judy Moody’s pesky younger brother. Together they play pranks, solve riddles, and form friendships.
  • O’Neill, Catharine. Annie & Simon – Recounts four adventures of Annie, her big brother Simon, and their dog, Hazel.
  • Pastis, Stephan. Timmy Failure (series) – Read about the comically self-confident Timmy Failure, who is the CEO of the best detective agency in town!
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Mr. Putter and Tabby – Read about the adventures of Mr. Putter and his beloved cat, Tabby.
  • Speck, Katie. Maybelle Goes to Tea – A cockroach follows the advice of her new fly friend and tumbles into an adventure during Mrs. Peabody’s Ladies’ Spring Tea.

Fiction

  • Aardema, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale – A West African tale explains why mosquitoes buzz in our ears.
  • Baker, Keith. Mr. and Mrs. Green – Join Mr. and Mrs. Green on their silly adventures!
  • Blabey, Aaron.  The Bad Guys (series) – Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha – they are bad guys, everybody knows that.  They’re scary and dangerous and ….well, just bad.  But these guys want to be heroes and they’re going to prove it by doing good deeds.  
  • Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Quit – Poor Duncan just wants to color.  But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough!
  • DiPucchio, Kelly.  Grace for President – When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first.
  • Flintham, Thomas.  Super Rabbit Boy (series) – Super Rabbit Boy takes on many challenges to keep Animal Town safe from villians in his video game world.  
  • Gerstein, Mordicai. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers – The story of a daring tightrope walk between skyscrapers.
  • King, Dedie. I See the Sun in Afghanistan – Through the eyes of a child, this book portrays a culture that emphasizes family and love of country.
  • McCloskey, Robert. Time of Wonder – The story of one summer on a Maine island.
  • McDonald, Megan. April Fool’s Mr. Todd! – April Fool’s Day is one of Judy Moody’s favorite days of the year, and this year she’s got one thing on her mind – the perfect prank she’s going to play on Mr. Todd.
  • Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit – When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn’t far behind.
  • Santat, Dan. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend – This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born.
  • Silverman, Erica. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa – Join Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa for their outdoor adventures!
  • Smith, Lane. John, Paul, George and Ben – A humorous look at five founding fathers.
  • Van Allsburg, Chris. Jumanji – You won’t believe the game that Judy and Peter found!
  • Watt, Melanie. Chester’s Back – Two creative picture book makers battle it out in one book.
  • Zombie, Zach.  Diary of a Minecraft Zombie – Take a peek and see what is really going on with the dreaded zombies of Minecraft.  

Graphic Novels

  • Davis, Eleanor. Stinky: A Toon Book – Stinky, a monster who lives in a swamp, gets upset when a boy named Nick starts visiting—so Stinky tries to scare him away.
  • Guibert, Emmanuel. Sardine in Outer Space (series) – The Chief Executive Officer of the universe, Supermuscleman, is training all children to obey him.
  • Harper, Charise. Fashion Kitty (series) – Kiki turns into Fashion Kitty, a feline superhero who saves other kitties from fashion disaster.
  • McDonnell, Patrick. Mutts (series) – Mooch the cat and Earl the dog are best friends who always save the day with style.

NonFiction

  • Beeler, Selby. Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World
  • Bishop, Nic. Butterflies and Moths
  • Clements, Andrew. A Million Dots
  • DiPucchio, Kelly. Sipping Spiders Through a Straw: Campfire Songs for Monsters 
  • Greenberg, David. Don’t Forget Your Etiquette! The Essential Guide to Misbehavior 
  • Jenkins, Steve. I See a Kookaburra! 
  • Kerley, Barbara. What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! 
  • Kudlinski, Kathleen. Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System 
  • Markle, Sandra.  What If you Had… (nonfiction series)
  • Meltzer, Brad.  I Am…  (nonfiction series)
  • Rappaport, Doreen. Martin’s Big Words
  • Tonatiuh, Duncan. Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation