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VocabularySpellingCity's second grade reading word lists are designed to support all of the students in your classroom with 2nd grade vocabulary activities that make reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition fun. Linked to classic children's literature and books from the Common Core State Standards, our lists provide students with the chance to practice new words and teachers with multiple ways to enhance the curriculum for 2nd grade.

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2nd Grade Books with Free Lists
Book Title Author Type Level Import
Chicken Soup With Rice Maurice Sendak Fiction/Indep. Reading M / 2.5 Import
Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest Steve Jenkins Nonfiction/Read-Aloud M/3.7/920L Import
Brave Irene William Steig Fiction/Indep. Reading S/2.0/640L Import
2nd Grade Books with Premium Lists
Book Title Author Type Level Import
Danny and the Dinosaur Syd Hoff Fiction/Indep. Reading H/2.1/200L Import
Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans Fiction/Indep. Reading K/2.9/540L Import
Miss Nelson is Missing! Harry Allard & James Marshall Fiction/Indep. Reading L/3.1/340L Import
Borreguita and the Coyote Verna Aardema Fiction/Read-Aloud O / 4.5 / 560L Import
Appelemando's Dreams Patricia Polacco Fiction/Read-Aloud M/5.4/570L Import
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren Fiction/Read-Aloud O / 5.2 / 870L Import
Grandfather's Journey Allen Say Fiction/Read-Aloud O/4.2/650L Import
House Mouse, Senate Mouse Peter J. Barnes & Cheryl Shaw Barnes Fiction/Indep. Reading 2.8 Import
Jalapeno Bagels N.Wing & R.Casilla Fiction/Indep. Reading L/2.7/460L Import
Dancing With Indians A. Medearis & S. Byrd Fiction/Indep. Reading M/2.9/600L Import
Happy Birthday Mr. Kang Susan Roth Fiction/Indep. Reading M/3.1/540L Import
The Fire Cat Esther Averull Fiction/Indep. Reading J/2.2/400L Import
Poppleton in Winter Cynthia Rylant Fiction/Indep. Reading J/1.9/360L Import
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa Erica Silverman Fiction/Indep. Reading J/2.0/400L Import
Henry and Mudge: The First Book Cynthia Rylant Fiction/Indep. Reading J/2.2/420L Import
The Song of the Jellicles T.S. Elliot Poetry/Read-Aloud   Import
Fireflies Paul Fleischman Poetry/Read-Aloud   Import
Knoxville, Tennessee Nikki Giovanni Poetry/Indep. Reading   Import
Weather Eve Merriam Poetry/Indep. Reading   Import
How the Camel Got His Hump Rudyard Kipling Fiction/Read-Aloud   Import
The Treasure Uri Shulevitz Fiction/Indep. Reading 2.9/490L Import
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Reading at "Just Right" Levels

As a teacher, you know that it is important for new readers to read books that are at a level that provides just enough challenge and not too much frustration. VocabularySpellingCity notes three popular reading level measurements for each book on the 2nd grade literature list. Knowing the reading levels of the books helps you match word lists to your grade two curriculum. In second grade, the number of words students can read is quickly catching up to the words they can speak and understand. Nevertheless, audio supports such as audible sentence cues help readers learn to read new words quickly, and our printable and online activities for 2nd graders help students want to learn.

Independent Reading and Read-Aloud Books

VocabularySpellingCity provides literature lists for read-aloud chapter books to help students expand their vocabulary and their interest in literature. When used in conjunction with simpler, beginning reader books, students can continue to build their aural vocabulary as they build a reading vocabulary. Reading a classic book like Pippi Longstocking and using VocabularySpellingCity's Pippi Longstocking word list allows students to learn juicy vocabulary like "malicious," "plunge," and "adventure." Then students can practice their new vocabulary with online games, 2nd grade vocabulary activities, and grade two printable reading worksheets.

Common Core State Standards for Literature

VocabularySpellingCity's literature word lists for second grade include independent reading selections, read-aloud selections and poetry from the Common Core State Standards literature list. Using these books, students learn skills that help them meet the requirements for both the literature standards and the vocabulary acquisition and use standards, such as language standard 2.6. "Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy)." VocabularySpellingCity can help your students practice reading, learn new vocabulary, and meet the Common Core State Standards in an engaging, fun way.

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