2nd Grade Summer Reading List (Ages 7 – 8)

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Hooray! It’s time for summer reading lists & summer reading programs.If you’re looking good books for kids going into the second grade, these books will keep your 2nd grader reading throughout the summer, developing and practicing their reading skills with excellent books.

As you know, the more a child reads, the more vocabulary they’ll learn and the better their comprehension skills. (With the exception of a learning difference situation.)

So whether or not you do a summer reading program, or just read on your own, you’ll find great summer reads on this list. From funny to fantasy, there’s a book (or five) for every interest.

These books will work for children ages 7 or 8 who are entering second grade. For all my book recommendations with reviews, visit Best Books for 7-Year Olds.

Do you know how to tell if a book is just right? Do the 5 Finger Test.

If you specifically need harder-than-2nd-grade books, go to my 3rd grade summer reading list. If you need easier books, go to my 1st grade summer reading list. Remember it’s good for kids to read books that are JUST RIGHT but there are benefits in reading easy books and reading challenging books, too.

Download the FREE Summer Reading Packet so your kids can set goals and keep track of what they’ve read.

Download the 2nd Grade Summer Reading List Printable


Second Grade Summer Reading List (age 7 – 8)

If your reader loves GRAPHIC NOVELS, try these choices:

2nd grade summer reading graphic novels

If your second-grade reader like FUNNY books, they’ll love:

If your 2nd-grade child likes magic and mythical creatures, they’ll love:

If your 2nd grader likes ADVENTURE stories, they’ll love: 

If your 2nd grade reader like MYSTERIES, they’ll love:

If your 2nd grader loves REALISTIC stories, try:

More ideas for your 2nd-grade reader:
Free Summer Learning Printables for Kids
Activity Books for Kids
Summer Writing Ideas


printable reading bingo for kids

Summer Reading Bingo

Free Summer Reading Printable Packet for Kids Ages 6 - 13

Summer Reading Printable Activities for Kids

Good Book Series for Kids in 2nd Grade

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4 Responses

  1. I can’t seem to find the printable book list. Please help! Thanks!

  2. Amanda Williams says:

    I love, love, love that your list has books that my son would enjoy. I’ve looked at several summer reading lists for this age group and reading level, and far too many are heavy on the princesses and unicorns. Thank you for giving me a list with funny stories and adventure stories and realistic stories, too.

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