Second Graders=Good Readers!
February 10, 2006
I have some second-grade friends who work hard at school. They know so many things, and they like to read! My pals enjoy books like the Magic Tree House series and A to Z Mysteries, and they want to read even more. Isn't that awesome! Here are some more recommendations; I asked two librarians to help me out, too. (Thank you, Ms. K. and Ms. E.)
One book I love
- Mercy Watson to the Rescue, by Kate DiCamillo. Since you guys are reading Magic Tree House, you will find this chapter book easy. It's funny! Mercy Watson is a friendly pig who thinks about food 24/7. You could read it to first-grade and kindergarten friends or little brothers and sisters.
A series I think second-graders might like
- The Magic School Bus Chapter Books. To me, these books look just a bit harder than Magic Tree House, but you can look at them and see for yourselves. All about science, the chapter book series is based on the original picture books by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen.
My library friends recommended the following series:
- Amber Brown, by Paula Danziger
- The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
- The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Dragon Slayers' Academy, by Kate McMullan. (You could read this author's picture book I Stink!, about a New York City garbage truck, to younger children. Fun!)
- Geronimo Stilton, by Geronimo Stilton
- The Hardy Boys, by Franklin W. Dixon
- Jake Drake, by Andrew Clements
- Polk Street School, by Patricia Reilly Giff
- Puppy Patrol, by Jenny Dale
- The Secrets of Droon, by Tony Abbott
- Triplet Trouble, by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
Book Sense Best Children's Books, edited by Mark Nicols, also mentions these series: Hank the Cowdog, by Jon Erickson; Jenny Archer, by Ellen Conford; and Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black's Spiderwick Chronicles.
Additional ideas, series or individual books, for this age group (7 to 9 years old) are welcome. (Please see the comments section.)
Hi to Ms. V's class!
Thanks for the reading list. My pre-reader is completely into the Magic Tree House duo. You know, they are written as high interest books for beginning readers, so reading them out loud as an adult is sometimes painful. I found myself adding adjectives and verbs and dialogue! I was very glad today to discover the first 8 books at our library on CD!
Posted by: Kim | February 10, 2006 at 09:57 PM
Yeah! I can't wait to show this post to my class on Monday!
Posted by: kelly | February 10, 2006 at 11:52 PM
My daughter loved "The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes," written for the 2nd-3rd grade market.
I also love "I Stink!" Best alphabet book ever.
Posted by: Kelly | February 11, 2006 at 10:46 AM
We recently read Mercy Watson to the Rescue and it was hysterical. I think we must have read it aloud four times to my 5 year old and 3 year old (and my 7 year old read it herself at least once.) So, so funny and fast-moving!
Posted by: Homeschool Mami | February 12, 2006 at 10:48 AM
Aren't the characters in Mercy Watson great? Funny book. I cant' wait until the sequel.
Posted by: Susan | February 12, 2006 at 08:47 PM
Thank you very much! This is a weak age/ reading level for me; I've saved this list and have emailed it to friends who ask, "what do I give them after the Magic Tree House?".
Posted by: Liz B | February 13, 2006 at 09:18 AM
hey, Liz. This area is a hard one for me, too. I had to ask for help! When I was in second grade, I loved Dr. Dolittle books--I'm going to look for them to see if the series will fly in these times. It's been eons since I've read one.
Posted by: Susan | February 13, 2006 at 12:33 PM