Best Read-Aloud Books for Second Grade

Read-aloud books for second grade

Ever have a hard time finding quality books that draw both you and your child into the story? Chances are you want books that feed your kids’ minds and souls as you read…quality literature with heroes and heroines and characters with strong moral values. Take heart. Below is a list of some of our favorite read-aloud books for second grade. And your other elementary kids will be captivated as well!

Start a Family Bookshelf

While most of these books you can find at your public library, they are all worth having on your shelf at home too. If your budget allows, do what you can to get copies of your own (none of these books is very expensive!). Especially if you have more than one kid. Most likely after you read these books, your kids will want to read them again on their own when they get older.

Having quality literature on our bookshelves has been so helpful for our family. When our kids are looking for something to do, they need not look farther than their own bookshelf!

Enjoy a Variety of Genres

You will find that there is a variety of genres in this list. We enjoy reading different types of books throughout the year. And sometimes, reading one book will lead to others written by the same author or found in a similar genre or time period.

These books can also be incorporated into part of a larger unit study you are doing, whether it be a specific historical period, a character trait, a person, etc.

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Favorite Read-Aloud Books for Second Grade

Click on any of the images below to get detailed information on each book – a brief synopsis, cost, others’ reviews, etc. Some of these books you are likely to know while others you may not be familiar with. Each of these I have read with both of my kids and we have enjoyed all of them. Many of these titles are living books that we incorporated into our history study (see Heart of Dakota’s Bigger Hearts for His Glory). The historical books really bring learning alive and help kids visualize what they are studying.

There is nothing better than cuddling together and reading a great book! So grab this list as you head to your local library or Amazon cart.


Who doesn’t love this heart-warming classic? E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. After you read the book, you can watch the movie too!

In this sweet story, the most famous pup in all of Cranbury, Ginger knows tons of tricks, is as loyal as he is smart, and steals the hearts of everyone he meets . . . until someone steals him! Your kids will never want you to stop reading!

In this classic story by E. B. White, one small mouse leads you on a very big adventure! Share this endearing story of friendship and adventure with your kids.

Inside this book are twenty classic fables, including The Tortoise and the Hare, The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs, and The City Mouse and the Country Mouse. Passed from generation to generation, Aesop’s best-loved fables are presented here with beautiful illustrations that bring these naughty, bold, brave, and lovable creatures to life.

Newbery Award-winning author Marguerite Henry’s beloved novel about a boy who would do anything to paint. Based on a true story of young Benjamin West who creatively learns how to follow his passion while obeying the strict orders of his father.

A heartwarming and inspirational story about a boy and his guide dog, as he overcomes the biggest obstacle in his life.

A Bear Called Paddington is the first novel by Michael Bond, chronicling the adventures of this lovable bear. Paddington has charmed readers for generations with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. Why not have a cup of tea and marmalade on toast while you read!

This classic story of how a group of children outwitted the Nazis and sent the treasure to America has captivated generations of readers. Your children won’t want you to set the book down!

This is the story of the little runt who became the father of the world-famous breed of American horses — the Morgan. An award-winning book that will have your children viewing the underdog in a new light.

Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white “map” on her shoulders was her mark of freedom. This story is full of adventure and suspense that your kids are sure to love!

A fun fantasy story filled with animal adventures that will have your kids smiling all the way through!

In this rollicking adventure set during the California Gold Rush, will Jack come back rich or empty-handed? A story of determination that will bring the Gold Rush alive!

This fairy tale is sure to be enjoyed by young girls who long to meet their prince charming, no matter how ordinary they feel!

This biography of George Muller, who trusted God with a depth rarely seen, will leave you in tears and awe of his faith and generosity. A great model for young children!

A riveting story of friendship and faith that follows a young girl and her family in the story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. This book is bound to make a great impression on young hearts.

In this beautifully illustrated treasury, Dave and Neta Jackson present the true-life stories of fifteen key Christian heroes. Each hero is profiled in a short biography and three educational yet exciting and thought-provoking anecdotes from his or her life.

Set in New Testament times and including a wealth of information about Jewish life and customs, this is an inspiring story of blossoming faith, seeking and finding the truth, and drinking deeply at the Fountain of Life.

In her exciting Viking Quest series, Lois’ characters travel from Ireland to Norway, Iceland, and Greenland, then sail with Leif Erickson to what is now America. A great historical fiction series that your kids will beg you to keep reading!

I hope you enjoy this list of books as much as my family has. If you have read any of these books, leave a comment below and let me know. I love hearing how literature has impacted families!

Check out the list of our top 13 read-aloud books for kindergarten too!

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  • Reply Angela at

    What a great list! Stuart Little was one of my all-time favorite books when I was younger!

    • Reply Katie at

      Glad you like it! Yes, Stuart Little is such a fun read for elementary kiddos!

  • Reply JJ at

    I totally agree. Finding quality books that engage both parents and kids is vital for enjoyment for everyone. My goal is to ensure my daughter loves reading and wants to ask questions or learn more. Thank you for the list!!

    • Reply Katie at

      JJ, that is a great goal! When kids love reading they set themselves up to be life long learners. The more they read, the more they learn, and the more they discover how to be inquisitive. All great qualities to carry with them into life! Enjoy reading with your daughter!

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