Growing Reader

15 Superb Chapter Books for
Second Graders

by Janssen Bradshaw


Second grade is a magical reading time for many kids. They’re just starting to develop reading fluency and are moving from easy reader books into early chapter books. Of course, this means that picking books for them can be somewhat tricky — they need something that holds their interest but isn’t so difficult that it turns them off to reading altogether. These 15 books are surefire winners (plus many of them are the first book in a series, which means if kids love them, they have several more great books in the pipeline!).

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2020.