Today I am sharing with you the best read alouds for second grade. There is nothing better than taking 10-15 minutes somewhere in the school day to share a chapter read aloud with my students. Even the noisiest classes will sit up and listen for this precious time of day.
Read on to discover some tried and true teacher favorites.
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo is recommended often as one of the best read alouds for second grade. Year after year students fall in love with this tale of a rabbit.
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House in the Big Woods is the real story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, written by herself, about growing up in pioneer days. Students will love this first hand account of life back in 1871.
The One and Only Ivan
The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is the story about Ivan, a gorilla, who lives captive and makes an unexpected friendship. This story is a favorite that touches on animal cruelty and animal rights.
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is about Roz the robot who discovers she is alone on a remote wild island and must learn to adapt to survive.
My Weird School
My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman is the first book in a series that is loved by many second graders. Follow the adventures of Miss Daisy, a second grade teacher, and the students when the school principal challenges them to read a million books.
The World According to Humphrey
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney is about Humphrey, a pet class hamster, that tells his point of view about sleeping over at different students’ homes each weekend.
What best read alouds for second grade list would be complete without the classic Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White? Wilbur the pig becomes friends with Charlotte the spider who tries to save him from the unfortunate fate of being a pig on a farm.
The Boxcar Children
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner is a favorite book from my own childhood that I love to read and introduce to my class. The Boxcar Children is a chapter book series and tells the tale of brothers and sisters who are orphaned and live in a boxcar.
Gooney Bird Greene
Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry is about a second grader named Gooney Bird who joins a new school and stands out for her unusual lunches and fashion sense. Gooney Bird doesn’t mind standing out and her storytelling is no different.
The Doll People
The Doll People by Ann M. Martin is one of my favorite children’s book authors as she also wrote the Babysitter’s Club series. The Doll People is a story about a family of dolls that come to life when humans aren’t around and is filled with adventures and mysteries that will keep your students guessing.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary is another fond memory from my childhood! Your students will love learning about Ralph the mouse trying to ride a toy motorcycle owned by Keith, a young boy living in the house with Ralph.
My Father’s Dragon
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett is about a boy named Elmer that dreams about being able to fly and goes on an adventure to free a captive dragon.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl is a best read alouds for second grade fan favorite! Full of cliffhangers and action this makes a fantastic read aloud for students.