18 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 18 books and series are surefire winners!

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2023.