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The following books have been screened by and are recommended for second grade children by the authors of Straight Talk About Reading:

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Second Grade

Recommended Books

Second Grade

Author

Title

Publisher

Copyright Date

Lexile Score

Easiest:      
Brenner, Barbara Wagon Wheels  

400

Brenner, Martha Abe Lincoln’s Hat Random House, 1994

340

Byars, Betsy The Golly   Sisters Go West One of a series of books.  
Coerr, Eleanor The Josephina Story Quilt

The Big Balloon Race

HarperCollins, 1986

380

440

Conrad, Pat Pedro’s Journal    
Average:      
Adler, David Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds Puffin Books

Viking Press, 1980

420

Park, Barbara Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal Random House,  
Sachar, Louis Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? Random House, 1993  
Spinelli, Jerry Fourth Grade Rats Scholastic, 1991

340

       
Harder      
Blume, Judy

 

 

 

Freckle Juice

Superfudge

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret

E.P. Dutton, 1980

490

490

490

Cameron, Ann The Stories Julian Tells Random House, 1981

520

Christopher, Matt The Lucky Baseball Bat Little, Brown, 1991

450

Dadey, Debbie & M. Thornton Jones Triplet Trouble and the Talent Show Mess Scholastic, 1995

500

Danziger, Paula

 

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit

Putnam & Grosset, 1994

740

580

Haywood, Carolyn Eddie’s Menagerie  

530

Kline, Suzy

 

 

Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion

Horrible Harry in Room 2B

Scholastic, 1989

Viking Penguin, 1988

490

480

Peterson, John The Littles Scholastic, 1967

460

Sachar, Louis Sixth Grade Secrets

Sideways Stories From Wayside School

Avon,

450

Sobol, Donald Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective Bantam, 1963

590

Taylor, Sydney All-of-a-Kind Family    
       

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Recommended Books to Read-Aloud
to a Second Grade Student

Author

Title

Publisher

Copyright Date

Banks, Lynne Reid

 

The Indian in the Cupboard

The Return of the Indian

Doubleday, 1980

Doubleday, 1986

Carlson, Natalie Savage

 

The Family Under the Bridge Harper & Row, 1958
King-Smith The School Mouse Hyperion, 1995
Lisle, Janet Taylor Afternoon of the Elves Orchard Books, 1989
Winthrop, Elizabeth The Castle in the Attic Holiday House, 1985
White, E.B. The Trumpet of the Swan HarperCollins, 1970

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