Best Books for 2nd Graders

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Best Books for 2nd Graders

Choosing the right set of books for your kids can be challenging; with many books scattered on different websites, it becomes very difficult to pick the right one. Introducing your young ones to good books right from the early stage will develop a reading habit among them and keep them away from the virtual world of games and videos and let them discover the fun that lies in reading.

Fascinating stories of the magical world, impressive characters and their adventures, some eye-catching pictures, and a moral towards the end of the book are what your 2nd grader needs. Our article features the 10 best books that will not only enhance your child’s vocabulary but also can serve as great bedtime stories.

1. Charlotte’s Web by E B White

Charlotte’s Web by E B White

The famous author of Stuart Little, E.B. White, is popular among children for his classic, fascinating tales. Charlotte’s Web revolves around an eight-year-old girl named Fern, who, on seeing her father with an ax, asks where he is up to, learns that he will kill the piglet born yesterday on their farm. Fern is deeply shocked and begs her father not to kill the runt; moved by his daughter’s emotional request, he gives the piglet to Fern to look after.

Fern names the piglet Wilbur, and not only does she takes care of him like a baby, but also he becomes her best companion. When Wilbur is five weeks old, he is sold to Zuckerman Barn by Mr. Arable, who does not listen to Fern’s request anymore. Will Wilbur be able to survive on a different farm and make new friends? Read the exciting journey of Wilbur, his new friend Charlotte, and the funny and sad events that follow. Charlotte’s Web is one of the most entertaining books for children.

2. Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr Seuss

Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr Seuss

Dr. Seuss, an extremely popular name among children’s literature, has written numerous books for children with fascinating stories and moral lessons. Bartholomew and the Oobleck follow the story of Bartholomew Cubbins, the page boy of King Darwin, who saves the kingdom of Didd from great danger.

When the king asks Bartholomew to ask the magicians of the kingdom to make new weather named “Oobleck,” it actually turns out to be strange sticky stuff that brings danger to the kingdom. On being asked to reach the magicians for help, Bartholomew discovers that this mysterious thing has also covered their mystic mountain. Will Bartholomew be able to save his kingdom? How will he do that? Read the story to learn about Bartholomew’s great idea.

3. Once Upon a Time by Niki Daly

Once Upon a Time by Niki Daly

Niki Daly’s Once Upon a Time features the beautiful story of a South African girl named Sarie, who is teased at school for not reading. When the teacher says to the class to take out the books, Sarie feels sick because she finds it very difficult to read, everyone in her class makes fun of her, but there is only one person who understands her problem, her old friend Auntie Anna.

On discovering Sarie’s difficulty, Auntie Anna takes our daughter’s old childhood book and begins to teach Sarie every Sunday. Will Sarie be able to overcome her difficulty with the help of Auntie Anna? Will she be able to shock her class with her reading skills? Young readers must find the answer from this wonderful book.

4. Dear Max by Sally Grindley

Dear Max by Sally Grindley

Upon reading a book gifted by his Uncle for Christmas, Max, a nine-year-old boy, writes a letter to the author D.J. Lucas stating that he wants to become a writer like her. And this leads to Max’s funny correspondence with the author D.J (the author herself, who is also known as Sally), and both share a tale full of imagination, friendship, and sharing secrets.

A book that is truly interesting and entertaining to read, children will explore how a nine-year-old helps the author write a book with the help of exchanging letters that ultimately becomes a popular book.

5. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

The series of Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon is about the titular character named Dory, the youngest daughter in the family who wants attention from her parents and wants her brother and sister to play with her. But Dory is younger than her siblings, so they never really play with her.

On being left alone, Dory uses her wild imagination to make friends who can compete with her untiring energy, the games that might seem uninteresting or childish to her siblings are actually the most adventurous in Dory’s imagination. Dory Fantasmagory’s series follows her imaginative adventures such as outsmarting the monsters, escaping the prison, and many other exciting games that are entertaining to read.

6. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

The Owl Moon is an award-winning book by Jane Yolen with eye-catching illustrations that feature a winter night’s story, where a little girl and her father set out to watch owls. The trees are still, and everything around is snow-covered. The little girl’s father calls for the owl “whoo-whoo,” but no single sound is heard.

This book will be a great read for children for it explores the beauty of nature at the time of the night when all the world is sleeping and dreaming, the owl is awake to catch his prey. Even though the owl is a mysterious night-time bird, its beauty is explained to the young readers through a poetic story of an admirable father-daughter duo, who are in high hopes of catching a glimpse of the owl. Yolen’s book is wonderful to read and listen to and is a treat to the eyes for its beautiful illustrations, and together it forms a perfect bedtime story for children.

7. Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong

Based on a true story, this book by Jennifer Armstrong is wonderful for children to discover the journey of 27 sailors who set off from England to become the first explorers to cross Antarctica but face a dangerous shipwreck.

The shipwreck leads the team to camp on icebergs and faces some of the most dangerous, spine-chilling storms on the sea that leads them to an undiscovered island. The perilous journey of the sailors serves as an extraordinary tale of adventures that will focus on the leadership of Shackleton, who brought everyone home from death.

8. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

A great book to teach your children some valuable moral lessons for life, The Giving Tree is written by the New York Times Bestselling author Shel Silverstein. The booklet children explore the story of a tree that loved a little boy and how he would come every day to eat her apples or slide down her trunk. The tree enjoyed the company of the little boy more than anything, and so did the little boy. As the tree watches the little boy grow up, the boy keeps on wanting more and more from the tree, and the tree keeps on giving him. The story is saddening and heart-touching, but it is a treasure and will help children understand the giving and taking values.

9. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

An extremely entertaining book for children, A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond, is about the adventure of a bear named Paddington, and how he comes from “darkest Peru” to live with the Brown family at 32 Windsor Gardens, London. Paddington makes friends with the antiques dealer Mr. Gruber, and the story follows his daily adventure with the family, his problems of coping with the world for being a little bear. Paddington has a series of adventures covering his troubles and escaping from them that is a must-read for every kid. Paddington’s adventures are not only fun to read but are thoroughly enjoyable and will make the children have a hearty laugh.

10. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh By A.A. Milne

The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh By A.A. Milne

The last one on our list is a collection of stories of the extremely popular animated character “Winnie the Pooh,” who is not only adorable but has lovely adventures to share. Pooh, along with his friends Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, and the ever doleful Eeyore, beings the young readers some of the most exciting and fascinating adventures that are truly treated to the eyes. 

Winnie the Pooh remains a timeless treasure of childhood that will forever remain a favorite for generations to come.

These 10 books on our list will not only be great fun for children to read but also will help to enhance their vocabulary and widen their ability to imagine. Who knows they might want to write a book like Max someday? Or want to play imaginative games like Dory away from the virtual world.

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