Great Second Grade Read Alouds





ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE HORRIBLE NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY by Judith Viorst
Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair and learns that there are days when nothing goes right.
AMAZING GRACE by Mary Hoffman
When classmates tell Grace that she can"t be Peter Pan, she proves that anything is possible if you really believe in yourself.
ANNO"S MAGIC SEED by Anno
What happens when Jack is given two magic seeds by a wizard.
ARTHUR"S NOSE by Marc Brown
Dissatisfied with his nose, Arthur goes shopping for another one.
THE BEAR by John Schoenherr
A bear cub must learn to live on his own.
BIG BAD BRUCE by Bill Peet
Bruce, the brown bear, is a bully until one day he gets a taste of his own medicine.
THE BOY WHO DIDN"T BELIEVE IN SPRING by Lucille Clifton
King Shabazz and his friend Tony set off to find spring in the city.
THE BRAVEST DOG EVER: THE TRUE STORY OF BALTO by Natalie Standiford
In 1925 a sled dog saved an entire town from an epidemic.
CAM JANSEN AND THE MYSTERY OF THE BABE RUTH BASEBALL by David Adler
Cam has a photographic memory, but can it help her find the stolen baseball from the hobby show?
A CHAIR FOR MY MOTHER by Vera B. Williams
Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair.
CHICKEN SUNDAY by Patricia Polacco
To thank Eula, the children sell decorated eggs and buy her an Easter hat.
CLEAN YOUR ROOM, HARVEY MOON by Pat Cummings
Poor Harvey has to spend Saturday cleaning his very messy room.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS by Judi Barrett
Each day in the town of Chewandswallow, food falls from the sky, and everyone must eat what the weather serves up.
COMET"S NINE LIVES by Jan Brett
Hurricane Elmadore hits Nantucket and carries Comet, the cat, to the doorway that will become his home.
THE DAY JIMMY"S BOA ATE THE WASH by Trinka H. Noble
A class trip to a farm becomes a disaster when Jimmy"s pet boa constrictor gets loose.
THE DAY OF AHMED"S SECRET by Florence P. Heide and Judith Gilliland
An Egyptian boy is anxious to tell his family about a wonderful secret. He has learned to read.
THE DAY THE TEACHER WENT BANANAS by James Howe
When a gorilla and a new teacher exchange places, the students find the gorilla is a fine teacher.
DEAR ANNIE by Judith Caseley
Grandpa becomes Annie"s pen pal on the day she is born.
DEAR MR. BLUEBERRY by Simon James
Emily writes letters to a teacher, to get advice about a whale that is living in a pond in her backyard.
DON"T FORGET THE BACON by Pat Hutchins
A young boy goes shopping for his mother and tries hard to remember her instructions.
ELBERT"S BAD WORD by Audrey Wood
The bad word that Elbert overhears takes on a life of its own and only the gardener, who happens to be a wizard, can make it go away.
ELEPHANT CROSSING by Toshi Yoshida
A herd of elephants is led by a wise and brave great-grandmother elephant.
THE EMPTY POT by Demi
When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from seeds distributed by the emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.
FLOSSIE AND THE FOX by Patricia McKissack
Flossie runs into a fox who wants to steal her basket of eggs, but he is no match for Flossie.
GET WELL, GOOD KNIGHT by Shelley Moore Thomas
A knight takes care of three very sick dragons.
GILA MONSTERS MEET YOU AT THE AIRPORT by Marjorie Sharmat
A boy does not want to move from New York City to the West and imagines all kinds of problems.
THE GIRL WHO LOVED WILD HORSES by Paul Goble
A Plains Indian girl is accepted by a herd of wild horses and leaves her tribe to follow the horses.
THE GOLLY SISTERS GO WEST by Betsy Byars
May-May and Rose, the singing-dancing Golly sisters, travel west by covered wagon.
THE GREAT PIG ESCAPE by Eileen Christelow
Bert and Ethel try to take their pigs to market.
GUINEA PIGS by Mark Evans
Guinea pigs need special care. Here"s a book to guide you to proper care.
HAILSTONES AND HALIBUT BONES by Mary OÕNeill
Explore a rainbow of poems about colors.
HARRY AND THE TERRIBLE WHATZIT by Dick Gackenbach
When his mother is slow to return from the basement, Harry goes down to confront the Whatzit.
HARRIET AND WALT by Nancy Carlson
Harriet doesn"t want to take her younger brother out to play, but comes to his defense when a friend starts to pick on him.
HAYSTACK by Bonnie and Arthur Geisert
A haystack is more than just a simple pile of hay.
HERE COMES THE STRIKEOUT by Leonard Kessler
Willie tries to help his friend Bobby become a better hitter by lending him his lucky bat.
THE HOUSE ON 88TH STREET by Bernard Waber
When the Primm family moved into their new house, they found a crocodile living in their bathtub.
I HEARD A BLUE BIRD SING by Aileen Fisher
here is a collection of this author"s poems selected by children.
IN THE DINOSAUR"S PAW by Patricia Reilly Giff
Richard "Beast" Best finds a magic ruler in his desk, and suddenly his wishes start to come true.
ISLAND BOY by Barbara Cooney
Matthias grows up and lives out his life on a small island.
JULIUS, THE BABY OF THE WORLD by Kevin Henkes
Lilly is certain that the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that ever happened to her.
THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING by Linda Williams
As she walks through the dark woods an old woman is followed by some scary things.
LON PO PO: A RED RIDINGHOOD STORY FROM CHINA by Edward Young
Three sisters staying at home alone outsmart a hungry wolf disguised as their grandmother.
MADELINE by Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline is the smallest of twelve girls at Miss Clavel"s boarding school in Paris.
THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS INSIDE THE EARTH by Joanna Cole
On a special field trip, Miss Frizzle"s class visits every layer of the earth.
MATTHEW"S DRAGON by Susan Cooper
Just as Matthew is about to fall asleep, he discovers the dragon in his story book has come alive.
MICHAEL HAGUE"S FAVOURITE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN FAIRY TALES
Here are nine beautifully illustrated tales by Andersen.
MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL by Virginia Burton
Mike likes his steam shovel better than the new gas and diesel machines.
MIRETTE ON THE HIGHWIRE by Emily McCully
When Mirette meets the high wire artist Bellini, she literally wants to follow in his footsteps.
MISS NELSON IS MISSING by Harry Allard
Miss Nelson has the worst behaved class in school until Miss Swamp arrives.
MORGAN AND ME by Stephen Cosgrove
A lackadaisical princess is rescued by the unicorn, Morgan.
MOTHER OF TIGERS by George Ella Lyons
This is the story of Helen Martini who was the first woman zookeeper and founded the Bronx Zoo"s animal nursery.
MOUSE SOUP by Arnold Lobel
A little mouse tells a weasel four different stories so that he can avoid the weasel"s stew pot.
MOUSE TV by Tim Novak
No one in the mouse family can agree on what to watch on TV.
NATE THE GREAT by Marjorie Sharmat
Super-detective Nate finds a missing picture and a lost cat in his own clever way.
NO PEAS FOR NELLIE by Chris l. Demarest
Nellie would rather eat just about anything but peas.
OFFICER BUCKLE AND GLORIA by Peggy Rathman
This 1996 Caldecott winner offers some clever safety tips from Gloria, the police dog, and her partner Officer Buckle.
THE OLD WOMAN WHO NAMED THINGS by Cynthia Rylant
An elderly woman refuses to give a stray puppy a name.
OLIVER PIG AT SCHOOL by Jean Van Leeuven
Oliver Pig makes a new friend during his first day at school.
ONCE THERE WAS A TREE by Natalia Romanova
This Russian fable is about a tree stump and the animals that lived in or near it.
THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE IS THE GREEN KANGAROO by Judy Blume
Freddy Dissel is tired at being the middle child. Will his role in the school play change things?
ONE MORNING IN MAINE by Robert McCloskey
Sal makes a wish on a gull"s feather after losing a tooth while clam digging.
THE PAPERBOY by Dav Pilkey
Follow a paperboy on his early morning route.
PATCHWORK QUILT by Valerie Flournoy
Tanya helps her grandmother make a beautiful quilt about her family"s life.
PIGGY PIE by Margie Palatini
Gritch the witch flies to Old MacDonald"s farm for some pigs to make a pie.
PIGSTY by Mark Teague
Wendell Fultz doesn"t want to clean his room.
POPPLETON IN WINTER by Cynthia Rylant
Poppleton the pig makes a new friend after an icicle accident.
POSSUM COME A-KNOCKIN by Nancy Van Laan
Possum come a-Knockin at the door and what a ruckus he causes for the people in the house.
RIPTIDE by Frances Ward Weller
Zach"s dog, Riptide, is banned from Cape Cod"s Nauset Beach, but not for long.
ROSIE AND THE RUSTLERS by Roy Gerrard
When Rosie and her wrangler leave her ranch, Greasy Ben and his gang steal her cattle.
ROTTEN RALPH by Jack Gantos
Ralph is a very nasty cat, but Sarah tries to love him anyway.
SAILING WITH THE WIND by Thomas Locker
During his visit, Uncle Jack takes Elizabeth sailing down the river to the ocean.
SNOWSHOE THOMPSON by Nancy Smiler Levinson
Danny writes a letter to his father hoping he"ll make it home for Christmas. If only Snowshoe Thompson can deliver it through the snow.
SOAP SOUP by Karla Kuskin
Here is a collection of silly poems to make you laugh.
SOCCER SAM by Jean Marzollo
Sam and his friends Marco from Mexico organize a soccer team.
STORIES FROM THE BIG CHAIR by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur
Sitting in the big chair with her mother, Molly tells stories about her friends and her sister, Susan.
THE STORY OF FERDINAND by Munro Leaf
Ferdinand is a little bull who would rather sit and smell the flowers than fight.
STREGA NONA by Tomie DePaola
When Strega Nona leaves Big Anthony alone with her magic paint pot, he is determined to show the townspeople how it works.
SUNFLOWER HOUSE by Eve Bunting
A circle of sunflowers becomes a children"s play house.
SURPRISES selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Enjoy this collection of short poems for young readers.
THAT TERRIBLE HALLOWEEN NIGHT by James Stevenson
Grandpa spins a yarn about his visit to a haunted house.
THERE"S A NIGHTMARE IN MY CLOSET by Mercer Mayer
A young boy is convinced that strange creature lurks in his closet.
THIS IS THE BREAD I BAKED FOR NED by Crescent Dragonwagon
This cheerful, rhyming tale follows the progress of a meal being prepared by a woman for her husband.
THROUGH GRANDPA"S EYES by Patricia MacLachlan
JohnÕs grandfather is blind, but he helps his grandson to see things better by using his other senses.
TOGO by Robert Blake
A feisty sled dog named Togo is the unsung hero of the race to get life-saving serum to Nome, Alaska in 1925.
TOPS AND BOTTOMS by Janet Stevens
Hare repeatedly outsmarts Bear in this trickster tale.
WHALE SONG by Dyan Sheldon
In the evening moonlight Lillie"s wish comes true, and she hears the song of the whales.
WHAT KIND OF A BABYSITTER IS THIS? by Dolores Johnson
Kevin is amazed that his new babysitter, Mrs. Lovey, loves baseball.
WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS by Cynthia Rylant
Here is a loving portrayal of a childhood in Appalachia.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak
Max, who is sent to his room, dreams of going to an island where he is the ruler of the Wild Things.
WHERE"S THE BIG BAD WOLF by Eileen Christelow
A dumb dog detective and a clever wolf offer a fractured version of the three pigs tale.
THE WHITE STALLION by Elizabeth Shrub
Gretchen would never forget her wonderful friend, a proud, white stallion, that roamed the plains of Texas.