Good short stories for second graders include "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Story of Miss Moppet," and "The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse." Children at this age also enjoy reading short books, such as "Sneakers, the Seaside Cat."
Second grade children enjoy books about school, such as "A Fine, Fine School" by Sharon Creech and the classic, "Matilda," by Roald Dahl. Although second graders enjoy reading independently, parents should continue reading to their children at this age. Listening comprehension improves reading comprehension and increases children's speaking and reading vocabulary. Books for adults to read to children include "Amelia Bedelia," "A New Coat for Anna," and "Blueberries for Sal."
Children at this age can also start reading short chapter books, such as "Henry Huggins" and "Ramona the Pest," both by Beverly Cleary. Parents can combine independent reading with reading out loud by alternating reading chapters with their children.
Second grade is a critical time for reading, as a child's ability to read for meaning grows significantly. Children add vocabulary, stronger decoding skills, and depth of knowledge and understanding during this important period. The reading curricula in schools usually stress decoding and fluency skills. Decoding is the ability to decipher the sounds in a word so that a child can easily learn new words, and fluency is the ability to read quickly and accurately. The objective of fluency at this grade level is to read silently with enough accuracy for story comprehension.