Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Second Grade Read-Aloud Chapter Books

Below is the list of all the books we've read aloud to our second-grade, seven-year-old boy N. from June 1, 2011-May 31, 2012.  (Here are our Kindergarten and First Grade read-alouds.)  Reading children's fiction aloud is primarily my province, but I've noted all the books that Tim has read to N. as well.  I maintain these lists at Listography; complete information about the books can be found on my LibraryThing page.  As noted, we occasionally abandon books without finishing them if N. loses interest, but if we read at least half, I include it on the list.  It's not easy for me to stop a read-aloud without completing the book, but my primary goal in reading aloud to N. is pleasure, so I can't try to force him to listen to something he no longer wants to hear.  As always, this list doesn't include picture books, which we still read frequently, poetry, or rereads (for example we still regularly reread old favorites from N.'s Kindergarten year, such as Pooh, Betsy-Tacy, and The Railway Children).  This list also doesn't include the chapter books N. has read independently.  Even though N. now reads voraciously on his own, we still love reading aloud together and I am dedicated to continuing it for as long as he enjoys it.  It's a precious experience we share and I don't want to give it up!  I love reading aloud; children's aural comprehension outpaces their reading skill for many years, so reading aloud to children gives them intellectual complexity in stories that they may not encounter in their own reading.  Plus, when I read Anne of Green Gables to my son in a week when he is reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I am assured that he is enjoying a wide diversity of books!

A Second-Grade Year in Read-Aloud Chapter Books
  • The London Underground by Andrew Emmerson
  • The Story of the Amulet by E. Nesbit (did not finish)
  • Discovering London's Railway Stations by Oliver Green
  • Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  • Henry and the Clubhouse by Beverly Cleary
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome
  • Paddington At Large by Michael Bond
  • Paddington Helps Out by Michael Bond
  • Ben and Me by Robert Lawson (did not finish)
  • The Autobiography of S. S. McClure by Willa Cather (read by T.)
  • Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome (did not finish)
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
  • Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  • All in the Day's Work: An Autobiography by Ida Tarbell (read by T.)
  • The Magic City by E. Nesbit
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • Socks by Beverly Cleary
  • Harry Cat's Pet Puppy by George Seldon
  • Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
  • Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travers
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas (read by T.)
  • The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
  • Mary Poppins Opens The Door by P. L. Travers
  • Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp
  • An Autobiography by Frank Lloyd Wright (read by T.)
  • The Turret by Margery Sharp (did not finish)
  • Mary Poppins in the Park by P. L. Travers
  • Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  • The Penderwicks of Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
  • The House of Arden by E. Nesbit
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (read by T.)
  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge (did not finish)
  • The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth 
Of the books I read to him this year, I think N.'s favorites were Swallows and Amazons, The Secret Garden, The Penderwicks, the Mary Poppins books, and Anne of Green Gables.  Tell us what to read next!


Mom and Kiddo said...

If you haven't read Beyond the PawPaw Trees by Palmer Brown, N. might like it. It begins with a rather peculiar train ride.

Megan D. Neal said...

Great list!
Hmmm... off the top of my head I'd recommend:
The Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring series
The Sign of the Beaver
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Kim said...

I second "The Hobbit." We are saving the Fellowship books for when the boys are a little older.

We devoured a crazy number of Thornton Burgess books last year as they were bedtime reads for months in a row.

Now, we are living in Narnia! Seriously. I am on The Silver Chair (6) with the boys and Eric started reading the series aloud a month ago and is on Prince Caspian (4). In addition, my 6 year old has read and re-read books 2, 4, and 5 via library audio books. Both boys are drawing maps, writing side stories, making pictures, and using the characters in pretend play. Even our 3 year old knows many of the characters and joins in.

Neither Eric nor I read Narnia as kids so we are enjoying them in a novel way.

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Fanny Harville said...

Thanks for the suggestions, all!

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