Second Grade

Books take on a new dimension for seven year olds. Because children are still in the formal business of learning to read however, there is a great difference between what they can read independently and what they can listen to, understand, and enjoy.

Children are now at an age where they can understand that other people have feelings and experiences similar to theirs. A good story will offer them an opportunity to step outside of themselves and into someone else's shoes. While they may enjoy nonfiction books, the same information gathered in the context of a story has greater meaning.

Offer children a variety of books with more complex plots and characters. Expand on their interests and provide plenty of easy-to-read books. Always read aloud books that may be a little difficult for them to read independently.

Current Notable

Cowpoke Clyde & Dirty Dawg


Humor and nonsense keep life in balance and are essential ingredients in children's development. Children need silly and absurd stories that bring forth giggles and belly laughs. They can enjoy upside down situations and nonsensical stories because they know it's only make-believe.

Growing up can be so serious at times that it is important to present humor in as many ways as possible. Hopefully, children will never lose their appetite for fun and imagination. These are the stories they will remember and pass on to following generations.


Second Graders should have the opportunity to hear as many of the classics as possible that are appropriate to their age level. We recommend the following stories that have endured over the years:

Amos & Boris
Beatrice Potter; The Complete Tales
Beauty and the Beast
The Big Book of Little: A Classic Illustrated Edition
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jacques and de Beanstalk: A Cajun Tale
Hansel and Gretel
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Puss in Boots
The Reluctant Dragon
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow
The Snow Queen
Snow White
The Story of the Treasure Seekers
Sylvia Long's Thumbelina
The Wild Swans
The Wizard of Oz