I’ve got a little girl who LOVES to read, and we own all of these books. These are the best chapter books for 2nd grade girls. My daughter will literally read anything, but she does have her favorites. She prefers fantasy, adventurous female protagonists, mysteries in small doses, and she seems interested in social justice leaders. And, like every other kid on the planet, she loves the Wimpy Kid, despite him being a boy.
I cannot get this girl into historical fiction, so she won’t have anything to do with American Girl books. Bummer, but that’s getting a bit picky! She’ll enjoy non-fiction once in a while, but it’s not her favorite go-to genre.
Many of the books on this list are around a guided reading level M (plus or minus a couple of levels), so the average 2nd grader will do great with them! If your child is an average reader just entering 2nd grade, you’ll want to look for them to read books independently at a level K. The average reader will end 2nd grade reading on a level M.
The more advanced books on this list are still wonderful to read aloud together, which will build the stamina of your second grader, and expose them to vocabulary they need. These books are highly appropriate for second grade.
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Best Beginning Chapter Books for 2nd Graders
The Yasmin Series
We love this series. Yasmin is a Pakistani American girl who is always pursuing new dreams. There are little doses of multiculturalism in there that are accessible for all kids. Best of all, it’s a guided reading level K, making it a perfect beginning chapter book for second grade girls.
Superfairies is perfect for little girls who love to transport themselves to another daydreamy world. My daughter really enjoys this series! They are a fairly easy 2nd grade chapter book read, as they are written on a level L. If your child is an average reader, they should be able to tackle this one by winter break.
Best Average Difficulty Chapter Books for 2nd Grade Readers
Daisy Dreamer Series
Daisy Dreamer is a lot like my daughter; she has her head in the clouds quite a bit. She’s a day dreamer with imaginary friends! I am partial to the illustrations in this book series. Because the drawings are frequent, lots of kids won’t realize they’re reading a slightly harder text. Guided reading level is N.
Best Advanced Chapter Books for 2nd Grade Girls
The Bad Kitty Series
These are really great graphic novels. The vocabulary is pretty advanced, but thanks to the super fun pictures on kitty’s naughty behavior, this one is super readable. This one is a guided reading level P, making it best for both 2nd grade boys and girls who are advanced in reading.
Just Grace is a sweet little book series, but it’s funny, too! Grace LOVES cats, and tends to get into some accidental mischief. Just Grace books are written on a level O. They’ll be challenging for the average second grader, but the interest will be there! There aren’t many pictures, so fair warning!
The Big Book of Silly Jokes
This isn’t technically a chapter book for second graders, but since my own kid loves it so much, I couldn’t help but include it on the list. Now, my girl is even learning to make up her own jokes, and about 50% of them are decent! She has memorized lots of these Dad jokes, and it cracks me up.
Princess Pulverizer Series
This is my daughter’s favorite series of all times. This little girl is a princess, but all she really wants to be is a knight! In order to become a knight, she has to complete lots of good deeds as she embarks on her “kindness quest.” The guided reading level is a P.