Second Grade Reading List

Second Grade Supplemental Reading List

Bible Stories and Catholic Stories:

  • Illustrated Children’s Bible (available at
  • The Children’s Book of Saints (available at
  • Catholic Stories for Boys and Girls, Volume 2 (available at )
  • For The Children, Words of Love and Inspiration from His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Scholastic Press
  • Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi, by Tomie dePaola (detailed text, simple illustrations)
  • Joan of Arc, by Josephine Poole, illustrated by Angela Barrett
  • Once Upon a Time Saints, by Ethel Pochocki with illustrations by Tom Matt (
  • The Christmas Story Book, Neumann Press (available at


  • The American Heritage First Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin (available at


  • American Cardinal Readers, Book Two (available at  Book Two contains thirty-eight poems and stories, including the following titles: The Christ Child, by Chesterton; St. Francis and the Wolf, Sisters of St. Joseph; Abraham Lincoln and His Dog; St. Cyril; Blessed Imelda; Singing, Robert L. Stevenson; An Unselfish Man, American Tale; St. Teresa, the Little Flower.
  • What Your Second Grader Needs to Know (available at
  • Listen, My Children: Poems for Second Graders (available at
  • Read and Learn with Classic Stories, Grade 2 (ISBN: 1-56189-683-7 available at
  • The Children’s Book of Heroes, edited by William J. Bennett
  • The Oxford Treasury of World Stories, Michael Harrison (available at

Foreign Languages and Cultures:

Children’s Fairy Tales:

  • Rainbow Fairy Book (Books of Wonder Classics, available at
  • Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen, Classic Illustrated Edition (available at
  • Household Stories from the Collection of the Brothers Grimm, Lucy Crane (Translator), Dover Publications
  • Favorite Fairy Tales – Classic Illustrated Edition (available at
  • Eric Carle’s Treasury of Classic Stories for Children by Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm
  • The Candlewick Book of Fairy Tales, retold by Sarah Hayes (Candlewick Press)

Fairy Tales – Parent References:

  • The Classic Fairy Tales, by Iona Archibald Opie and Peter Opie (original versions for parent reference)
  • Hans Christian Andersen – The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories, translated by Erik Christian Haugaard
  • The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library, James Stern (editor)
  • Perrault’s Complete Fairy Tales (Puffin Classics edition)

Book Review Books: Classic Fairy Tale Stories

  • The Emperor’s New Clothes, retold and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Beauty and the Beast, retold and illustrated by Jan Brett (Clarion Books) or by Charles Lamb
  • Hansel and Gretel, by Grimm, retold by Rika Lesser, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Puss in Boots, by Charles Perrault, translated by Malcolm Arthur, illustrated by Fred Marcellino
  • Rapunzel, original Grimm story or retelling by Amy Ehrlich, illustrated by Kris Waldherr
  • Rumpelstiltskin, original Grimm story or retelling by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Sleeping Beauty, retold and illlustrated by Trina Schart Hyman or Mercer Mayer
  • Snow White, translated by Randall Jarrell, illustrated by Nancy E. Burkert
  • Cinderella, by Perrault, retold by Marcia Brown
  • The Princess and the Pea, by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Dorothee Duntze
  • Little Red Riding Hood, retold and illustrated by Trina Schart
  • Little Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China, retold by Ed Young
  • The Blind Men and the Elephant, retold by Karen Backstein
  • The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen, retold by Jerry Pinkney
  • The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Shoemaker and the Elves, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Book Review Books: Saints

Saint Joseph Picture Books (available at

  • Good Saint Joseph, by Father Lovasik
  • Saint Francis of Assisi, by Father Lovasik
  • Saint Peter the Apostle, by Father Lovasik
  • Saint Paul the Apostle, by Father Lovasik
  • Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, by Father Lovasik
  • Blessed Kateri Tekakiwitha, by Father Lovasik

Along the Paths of the Gospel Saints Series (available at Titles include:

  • Saint Anthony of Padua: Proclaimer of the Good News
  • Saint Colette: In the Footsteps of Saint Francis and Saint Clare
  • Saint Francis of Assisi: God’s Gentle Knight
  • Saint John Bosco: The Friend of Children and Young People
  • Saint Therese of Lisieux: And the “Little Way” of Love
  • Saint Vincent de Paul: Servant of Charity
  • Saint Angela Merici: Leading People to God
  • Saint Catherine Laboure: Mary’s Messenger

Book Review Books: Grade 2 Phonetic Readers

Zaner-Bloser Non-Fiction Literacy books: Early Fluent Level

Folktales; Biography, Inventors (

Book Review Books: Dorling Kindersley Level 3 Readers

Heidi; Abraham Lincoln; George Washington; Aladdin; Spacebusters; Beastly Tales; Shark Attack; Titanic; Invaders from Outer Space; Movie Magic; Plants Bite Back; Time Traveler; Bermuda Triangle; Tiger Tales; Zeppelin – The Age of the Airship; Spies; Terror on the Amazon: The Quest for El Dorado (Peru in the Year 1541); Spiders’ Secrets; Spies; Zeppelin; The Story of Anne Frank. ( (Photographs and historical facts)

Book Review Books: Dr. Seuss books for established readers

Dr. Seuss books for established readers provide reading practice with phonetic word patterns.  Second Grade level titles include:  A Hatful of Seuss: Five Favorite Dr. Seuss Stories; And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street; Oh, The Places You’ll Go; The Lorax; Thudwick, the Big-Hearted Moose; Bartholomew and the Oobleck; The Butter Battle Book; The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins; Horton Hatches the Egg; Horton Hears a Who!; If I Ran the Circus; If I Ran the Zoo; Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (

Book Review Books: Classics

  • Bedtime for Frances, (and other Frances books), by Russell Hoban
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams (complete and unabridged edition)
  • Time of Wonder, by Robert McCloskey
  • The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White
  • The Magical Land of Noom, by Johnny Gruelle (unabridged edition)
  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting (unabridged edition)

Book Review Books: Non-fiction

  • A Child’s Book of Art, Lucy Micklethwait, (Dorling Kindersley Publishers) [ISBN: 0-7894-4283-3]
  • About Reptiles: A Guide for Children, Cathryn Sill, illustrated by John Sill [ISBN: 1-56145-183-5]

Eyewitness Juniors:

Titles include: Amazing Bats; Amazing Crocodiles & Other Reptiles; Amazing Birds; Amazing Lizards; Amazing Fish; Amazing Monkeys; Amazing Snakes; Amazing Frogs and Toads; Amazing Armored Animals; Amazing Cats; Amazing Mammals; Amazing Spiders; Amazing Wolves, Dogs, and Foxes; Amazing Butterflies and Moths; Amazing Fish; Amazing Poisonous Animals; Amazing Beetles; Amazing Tropical Birds. (Dorling Kindersley Publishers)

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