Summer vacation is the time when parents try hardest to keep their kids involved in productive activities. When days call for indoor activities, reading is the most fruitful one.
Reading a book for the first time is like meeting a new friend. And reading it twice is revisiting the old friend.Chinese Proverb
Here’s a list of 20 books for second graders, which you must pick for your ward’s summer vacation.
#1 Clara and the Bookwagon by Nancy Smiler Levinson
It is a short illustrative novel describing the life of a young farm girl Clara who wants to study despite the tough countryside life.
#2 Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Binding adventure, mystery, and humor into one piece; kids are bound to solve a number of puzzles and riddles in this book.
#3 Space Station Mars by Daniel San Souci
It is like a Star Wars for kids dealing with aliens, spaceships, and secret codes.
#4 Mom and Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman
With more than 101 palindromes in text and pictures, this book is a great mental exercise for children.
#5 Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
It is a twisted version of the classic fairy tale – Rumpelstiltskin. Here Rump is a hero who takes up a journey to break the spell put on him before.
#6 Sarabella’s Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner
The author narrates a lovely story of a daydreamer through this book.
#7 Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
It is a story of Emily who befriends James out of their common interest – solving puzzles.
#8 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball by David Adler
Well suited for the kids who like mysteries, it is a tale of Jennifer Jensen who uses her pictographic memory to find out a man’s prized Babe Ruth baseball.
#9 Rot, the Cutest in the World by Ben Clanton
Rot might not be the most beautiful potato, still, he displays the confidence of being himself.
#10 Money Math by David Adler
If your kid’s lagging behind the classroom lessons, here’s a novel take on learning addition and subtraction. To pick up the pace of course lessons, this is a great pick from the list of 20 books for second graders.
#11 Gone Camping by Tamera Will Wissinger
It is a novel in verse about the adventures of a family who went camping.
#12 The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
It is a story of a con-artist Tom who is capable of turning any situation into a money-making scheme.
#13 After the Fall by Dan Santat
A very relatable book for kids describing how Humpty Dumpty got back again. It teaches one of life’s greatest lessons that its the new beginning after you rise from a fall.
#14 A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech
Here is a principal who is fond of school and teaching. And here’s a child who loves vacation. The author narrates the story of Tillie, who is in the quest of saving her summer vacation.
#15 My Dog Mouse by Eva Lindstrom
It is a lovely illustrative book about a girl and her neighbor’s dog.
#16 The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
This book is about four kids who compete to create the best candy the world has ever seen. In the conquest, they encounter mysteries and realities of the world.
#17 The Puppy Sister by S.E. Hinton
It is a great book if you notice sibling rivalry among your kids. The author conveys a powerful message that love can overcome envy.
#18 Could You? Would You? by Trudy White
This book takes the kids to the world of imagination and is perfect for kids who like adventure stories.
#19 Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest
The story revolves around an old man who is 100 years old and a 6-year-old kid, who is waiting for his school bus to arrive.
#20 Hey, Wall by Susan Verde
This is a story of kids who decide to decorate a neglected wall in their neighborhood and diligently pursue that.
Hope you enjoyed reading this list of 20 books for second graders. Researchers from the University of Melbourne say, reading storybooks to children develops the knowledge required for eventual success in reading. Therefore, make the most of your kid’s summer vacation by developing his reading habit along with outdoor activities.