These are Excellent Chapter Book Series for Second Graders, kids ages 7 and 8. Fun book series are the perfect way to get 2nd graders hooked on reading!
Second grade, when kids are 7 and 8 years old, is an important time for reading. At this age kids begin to move beyond easy readers and start to read more independently. This is a crucial time for them as they gain confidence in reading and improve their fluency and comprehension skills.
Every book they read at this age counts and builds their knowledge bank. The key is to help your 2nd graders read as often as possible.
My best trick for getting a kid to read more is to introduce them to a great book series. Once they're hooked, they'll want to keep reading the series!
About these Chapter Book Series for 2nd Graders
These are all fantastic chapter book series for second graders, and with a wide variety of genres to choose from, there's something for everyone.
Note: Reading levels at this age can vary widely. I've seen this even among my own children - my oldest daughter was reading big fat novels at the age of 7, but when my third daughter was in second grade, she wouldn't pick up a book that didn't have pictures in it. This is all very normal!
The book list below lists the chapter book series for second graders roughly from Easiest Chapter Books to Harder Chapter Books.
The first half of the list contains chapter books with full-color illustrations that aren't too text heavy. The books on the lower half of the list have more text and fewer illustrations that are mostly black and white.
MORE HELPFUL BOOK LISTS
- Excellent Chapter Book Series for First Graders
- Read Aloud Books for First Grade
- Read Aloud Books for Second Grade
- Easy Chapter Books for Independent Reading
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Excellent Chapter Book Series for Second Graders
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
Kate is a cowgirl "from the boots up" and Cocoa is her always hungry but ever loyal cowhorse. They are best of friends and their adventures on the range are so much fun.
Humor | Full color illustrations | 44 pages | 6 books in series
Yasmin is an energetic and creative Pakastani American girl that you can't help but fall in love with. She frequently finds herself in difficult situations but always manages to come up with a clever solution to solve the problem. These are absolutely darling books!
Realistic | Full color illustrations | 96 Pages | 15 books in series
Boris on the Move: (Boris #1)
Boris is a funny little warthog who dreams of taking big adventures. Whether he's catching lizards, camping in the backyard, or running races, your little readers will love following along with his humorous escapades.
Humor | Full color illustrations | 80 pages | 4 books in series
My Vida Loca (Sofia Martinez #1)
Sofia may get into a lot of mischief, but it sure is fun watching her do it! You'll love following along as she figures out what to do when after accidentally switching the salt for the sugar in a recipe. And just wait until you find out what happens when she tries to wash her father's car!
I love the inclusion of Spanish words (1 or 2 per page) throughout the book.
Realistic | Full color illustrations | 96 pages | 15 books in series
Eva's Treetop Festival: (Owl Diaries #1)
Written in diary form, the story follows a cute little owl named Eva and her friends in Treetopolis. It's a really sweet series about friendship and teamwork. Best of all, kids LOVE this series.
Animals | Full color illustrations | 80 pages | 14 books in series
The Princess in Black (#1)
These have been a HUGE hit with my second graders! This action packed series follows a brave and adventures princess who can stop monsters and fight evil in her signature black disguise.
Don't let the princess story line fool you - these are beloved by boys and girls!
Fantasy | Full color illustrations | 90 pages | 8 books in series
Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends
This adorable pair, mouse and mole, are the best of friends. They are sweet, simple stories with beautiful illustrations to keep young readers engaged with the text. I love that there are such good season/holiday options as well (my favorite is the Halloween book).
Animals | Full color illustrations | 48 pages | 7 books in series
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Mercy Watson, the hilarious hungry pig, is one of my all time favorite characters in literature. Every story is laugh-out-loud funny and absolutely adorable. We couldn't love these books more.
Humor | Full color illustrations | 68 pages | 6 books in series
Bink and Gollie
Bink and Gollie are the BEST literary duo! These two girls, one tall and one tiny, have the funniest little adventures. These books are a delight to read. They are, in fact, everything one could want in a children's book.
Humor | Full color illustrations | 81 pages | 3 books in series
King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats
Kayla and her dog King are the cutest mystery solving duo. King doesn't speak human and Kayla doesn't speak dog, but it's so fun watching them try to communicate. These are simple mysteries, with a lot of humor, but they're so well written that it's hard to stop reading.
Mystery | Full color illustrations | 48 pages | 6 books in series
Wallace and Grace Take the Case
If your little readers love a good whodunit mystery, this series is perfect. Wallace and Grace are delightful owl duo running the Night Owl Detective Agency. Help them figure out if there really is a ghost in the garden, who stole the cupcakes, and how to help a lost puppy.
Mystery | Full color illustrations | 80 pages | 3 books in series
Sadiq and the Desert Star
This is a great early chapter book series about a Somali American boy. The stories all focus on friendship and teamwork and Sadiq is such a delightful boy. In this first book, Sadiq is trying to start a space club - so fun!
Realistic | Full color illustrations | 64 pages | 8 books in series
Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy! (Press Start! #1)
Super Rabbit Boy is super fast, and brave, and . . . the star of a video game. In this first book of the series, Super Rabbit Boy is trying to save the day but he can only do it if Sunny, the boy playing the video game, stops losing each level. Very fun!
Fantasy | Full color illustrations | 80 pages | 10 books in series
Pug Blasts Off: A Branches Book (Diary of a Pug #1)
Pugs are just the thing to draw a kid into a book. Especially this pug because he's exceptionally cute. Baron von Bubbles, a.k.a. "Bub," shares all the adventures he has with his favorite human in this adorable diary-style book.
Animals | Full color illustrations | 80 pages | 5 books in series
Let's Get Cracking!: (Kung Pow Chicken)
Kung Pow Chicken is a very funny superhero who fights crime in the city of Fowladelphia. It's punny and funny and uses some graphic novel elements to really grab young readers.
Humor | Full color illustrations | 80 pages | 5 books in series
Magic Tree House
This popular series has been read by kids for nearly two decades! And it's still popular for good reason - the books are fantastic. It's a fantasy adventure in which a brother and sister duo travel through time and solve mysteries in the past.
Fantasy | B&W illustrations | 68 pages | 55 books in series
The Mystery of the Gold Coin (1) (Greetings from Somewhere)
These are quick, fun mysteries that smoothly incorporate geography and history in the stories. Ella and Ethan, siblings, travel all over the world in this series.
Mystery | B&W illustrations | 128 pages | 10 books in series
In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen (1) (Cobble Street Cousins)
This is a sweet and gentle series about three cousins who share a bedroom in Aunt Lucy's attic in her little blue house on Cobble Street. They are full of simple childhood joys like starting a cookie company, keeping a diary, and planning a party.
Realistic | B&W illustrations | 64 pages | 6 books in series
The Lost Stone (1) (The Kingdom of Wrenly)
Lucas is a prince and Clara is the daughter of the queen's seamstress. The two team up to explore the medieval lands of Wrenly. This is a popular chapter book series among early readers and the books are very compelling.
Fantasy Adventure | B&W illustrations | 63 pages | 15 books in series
The School is Alive!: (Eerie Elementary #1)
If your little reader loves a spooky story, this is the series to pick! Eerie Elementary is one scary school, which Sam Graves figures out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Quicksand on the playground, lockers that open and close by themselves, and a really scary performance of Peter Pan. Sam and his friends have to save the whole school!
Mystery/Paranormal | B&W illustrations | 96 pages | 10 books in series
Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots (The Adventures Of The Bailey School Kids)
My younger brothers grew up reading these books in the 90's and they still talk about them! It's such a fun series - a perfect combination of humor and spookiness. In this first book, the 3rd graders at Bailey Elementary have a new teacher but she's not quite normal. She's from the Transylvanian Alps and the kids are convinced that she's a vampire.
Mystery/Paranormal | B&W illustrations | 80 pages | 50 books in series
Rise of the Balloon Goons: A Branches Book (The Notebook of Doom #1)
This series is crazy fun (and spooky too)! Alexander has just moved to Stermont and right away he notices some really weird things, beginning with a creepy balloon goon that smacks into their car. He starts keeping track of the monsters he's uncovering in his Notebook of Doom.
Fantasy/Paranormal | B&W illustrations | 96 pages | 13 books in series
Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras)
Zoey is such a great character (and role model). With her sidekick cat Sassafras, Zoey rescues injured magical animals. I love how the books walk you through the process of scientific analysis without ever feeling heavy handed.
Fantasy/Science | B&W illustrations | 96 pages | 8 books in series
Ruby: The Red Fairy (Rainbow Magic: The Rainbow Fairies, No. 1)
It's true that this series is predictable and silly, but it's also true that kids LOVE these books and they fly off the shelves. They turned one of my kids into a reader and for that, I'm a forever fan. Each book highlights a different rainbow magic fairy and in each book they have to overcome some sort of challenge.
The nice thing is that if your kids do fall in love with these, there are 214 of them!
Fantasy | B&W illustrations | 65 pages | 214 books in series
The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries)
This is a great mystery series - one mystery for every letter of the alphabet. Follow along with Dink and his two best friends as they solve all kinds of mysteries. Kids LOVE these books!
Mystery | B&W illustrations | 86 pages | 26 books in series
These are cute books about a group of little girl mouse scouts working to be trustworthy, strong, thrifty and brave. It's a darling series and I love that the books include games and activities too.
Realistic | B&W illustrations | 128 pages | 4 books in series
Gooney Bird Greene
Gooney Bird Greene is a quirky Ramona-like character and you can't help but love her. She wears pajamas and cowboy boots to school and always has to sit in the middle of the classroom. But what she's really known for are her "absolutely true" stories. She's a natural storyteller and she'll hook you immediately.
Realistic/Humor | B&W illustrations | 88 pages | 6 books in series
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One
From the author and illustrator that brought us the wonderful Mercy Watson books comes this excellent new series with more characters from Deckawoo Drive. They are a step up from the Mercy Watson books, less illustrations and more words, but with all the same charm.
Humor | B&W illustrations | 90 pages | 5 books in series
The Ember Stone: (The Last Firehawk #1)
This is a suspenseful quest adventure and it's fantastic! Thorn, a powerful vulture is using dark magic to destroy the magical land of Perodia. A young owl named Tag and his best friend, a squirrel named Skyla, may be Perodia's last hope. It's an action packed series.
Fantasy | B&W illustrations | 96 pages | 10 books in series
A New Friend (1) (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse)
I adore these books. It's a delightful series about Sophie Mouse and her forest friends, and the books are all so gentle and sweet. This first book is a wonderful story about what it means to be a kind friend, especially to someone new and different.
Animals | B&W illustrations | 119 pages | 17 books in series
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure (1)
These laugh-out-loud funny books almost have a noir/detective feel to them. It's a group of darling, daring chickens (Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie) that solve mysteries and fight crime. They're silly, but they're also pretty darn cute.
Humor/Mystery | B&W illustrations | 112 pages | 6 books in series
Brand New School, Brave New Ruby (Ruby and the Booker Boys #1)
Eight year old Ruby has three older brothers and she's determined to keep up with them. She's a fantastic character, spunky and tough and mischievous.
Realistic | B&W illustrations | 144 pages | 4 books in series
Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! (1)
Mia Macarooney is a totally regular kid who finds out one day that she's a superhero. Her life flips from ordinary to extraordinary overnight. Follow along with her adventures at the PITS (Program for In-Training Superheroes).
Fantasy | B&W illustrations | 128 pages | 10 books in series
Rise of the Earth Dragon: (Dragon Masters #1)
This is a phenomenal fantasy series for young readers. When 8-year-old Drake is unexpectedly brought by a soldier to King Roland's castle, he finds out he has been selected to train as a young Dragon Master with three other kids. The books are action-packed and very engaging. Kids will fly through this series!
Fantasy | B&W illustrations | 96 pages | 17 books in series
The Haunted House Next Door (1) (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol)
Desmond Cole is a brave little 8-year-old who runs his own ghost patrol with his best friend Andres Miedoso. But while Desmond is fearless, Andres is afraid of everything. They're an odd duo, but they get the job done! The books are equal parts spooky and funny.
Paranormal/Humor | B&W illustrations | 128 pages | 9 books in series
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