Second Grade and Third Grade Common Core Suggested Reading List


  • My Father’s Dragon  Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • “The Fire Cat,” Esther Averill
  • Amos and Boris  William Steig
  • The Treasure  Uri Shulevitz
  • The Stories Julian Tells  Ann Cameron
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan
  • Henry and Mudge:  The First Book of Their Adventures  Cythia Rylant
  • Tops and Bottoms Janet Stevens
  • The Raft Jim LaMarche
  • Poppleton in Winter  Cynthia Rylant
  • The Lighthouse Family: The Storm  Cynthia Rylant
  • The One-Eyed Giant  Mary Pope Osborne
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa   Erica Silverman

Poetry

  • “Autumn,” Emily Dickinson
  • “Who Has Seen the Wind?” Christina Rossetti
  • “Afternoon on a Hill,” Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”  Robert Frost
  • “Something Told the Wild Geese”  Rachel Field
  • “Grandpa’s Stories”  Langston Hughes
  • “A Bat is Born”  Randall Jarrell
  • “Knoxville, Tennessee”  Nikki Giovanni
  • “Weather”  Eve Merriam
  • “Eating While Reading”  Gary Soto

Informational Texts

  • A Medieval Feast  Aliki
  • From Seed to Plant  Gail Gibbons
  • Bats: Creatures of the Night  Joyce Milton
  • Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions Around the World  Selby Beeler
  • Art around the World  Heather Leonard
  • Martin Luther King and the March on Washington  Frances E. Ruffin
  • So You Want to Be President?  Judith St. George
  • Crittercam  Andrew  Einspruch
  • Boy, We Were Wrong About Dinosaurs  Kathleen V. Kudlinski
  • Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11  Brian Floca
  • Where Do Polar Bears Live? Sarah L. Thomson

Read-Aloud Stories

  • How the Camel Got His Hump Rudyard Kipling
  • The Thirteen Clocks  James Thurber
  • Charlotte’s Web  E.B. White
  • The Cricket in Times Square  George Selden
  • The Search for Delicious, Natalie Babbitt
  • Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Sign Painter  Allen Say

Read-Aloud Poetry

  • “The Jumblies,” Edward Lear
  • “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” Robert Browning
  • “Your World,” Georgia Douglas Johnson
  • “The Song of the Jellicles”  T.S. Elliot
  • “Fireflies,” Paul Fleischman

Read-Aloud Informational Texts

  • Lincoln: A Photobiography Russell Freedman
  • The Story of the Ruby Bridges   Robert Coles
  • A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder  Walter Wick
  • If the World Were a Village:  A Book about the World’s People  David J. Smith
  • Ah, Music   Aliki
  • The Museum Book: A Guide to Strange and Wonderful Collections  Jan Mark
  • What the World Eats  Faith D’Aluisio
  • Wild Tracks!   A Guide to Nature’s Footprints
  • 14 Cows for America   Carmen Agra Deedy