2nd Grade Reading ~ A Fun Year for Us!

2nd Grade Homeschool Reading Plan

We are doing a few fun things for my daughter’s 2nd grade reading curriculum this year. She reads well above her grade level so a formal curriculum was not needed for her. But, I did want some sort of a direction, so I outlined a few things we would be intentional with to continue to develop her reading skills. She LOVES to read, which is such a joy. Anything to do with reading, even her comprehension workbook, brings her joy.

Before I get into this glorious post all about how my daughter loves to read, chooses to read, reads above grade level and is a total joy with anything reading… let me assure you, my boys were NOT like this. She is one of those kids who just naturally loves books. Sure, I exposed her to loads of great things as a baby and young child, but overall I think it is just who she is. I exposed my boys too, and although they now like to read, they are nothing like her! And yes, I am super grateful to have my last child be such a natural reader, it is fun to spend time with a child who simply loves books. I am thankful for her love of books and that we can enjoy this together!


The basics…

  • She reads chapter books on her own.
  • I read chapter books aloud to her.
  • We have picture book reading time together, she and I both read aloud.
  • She has a reading comprehension workbook.
  • We go to the library together at least every 2 weeks.
  • She reads a LOT in her free time, by choice.

One portion of her reading plan is independent chapter book reading!  She mostly does this at night before bed. She reads a variety of books, and is keeping a record of all of the chapter books she reads this year. I started a post on my School Tools blog here to share the books she completes, the most recent 4 will be at the top of the post.

I am typing up her reading record to keep with her school records this year, you can see it here! Want a blank reading record like hers?  There’s one in this 5th grade book list post!

L's 2nd Grade Book Record


Below is a photo I took a couple of weeks ago of the books she has read so far this year. The stack is much taller now!

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This is her shelf above her bed, you can see her 2 current nightly reads laying in front. I read the Little House book aloud at night and she reads the other one independently.

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Reading aloud to her is another aspect of her reading plan. I read aloud from Little House most nights, and we are also reading Mrs. Piggle Wiggle during the school day.  Sometimes she chooses for me to read picture books aloud and that’s fine.

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She also reads aloud to me!  I let her choose one book each school day and we snuggle up on my bed together.  She reads with such amazing fluency and animation, I rarely have to guide her at all. Her favorites to read aloud right now are the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, she is hilarious!

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Picture books are still a huge part of our reading plan! She goes to the library with me about twice a month and we stay as long as we can! We always bring home a huge stack, I try to remember to share her favorites on Instagram with the hashtag #ladybugslibraryfavs.

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One of her favorite free-time activities is to grab a stack of books and snuggle on my bed and read, sometimes for hours.

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Another portion of her reading plan is a simple comprehension workbook. She flies through this, but I like giving her some experience with test-taking skills. She does not complain about this at all since she loves any kind of reading.

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Stay tuned for our wrap-up post coming soon, sharing all about her first month of 2nd grade! I have posts for my boys {5th and 9th} coming soon too!

See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

5th Grade Reading List

5th Grade Reading List

I spent the most time creating a book list for my 5th grader, since he is my slightly reluctant reader. I read tons of books this summer to carefully choose books I thought he would enjoy. After deciding on many book choices for him, I created a page with each cover so he can browse and choose his next book easily.

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The books on the top row are his required reads and ones we are reading together and going in depth with {comprehension questions, vocabulary, etc.}. Those are the same books I used with Pac when he used Calvert in 5th grade.

The rest of the books are books he can choose from. He may or may not get to all of them and that’s fine. Some are actually books that were on his 4th grade list that he didn’t get to last year. I have read most of these books or took my recommendations from trusted sources, but be sure to look into the books yourself {some have intense subject matter}, all kids are different!

Below you can see Amazon links to all of the books on this list {click over to the blog if you are reading in email}.


I am writing more detailed reviews for some of the books he is reading. So far this year {he began a few weeks ago} he has completed…

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I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for him. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy!  Just grab the book cover images online somewhere {I used Amazon} and then copy them into a document and resize how you want!  I use PowerPoint to create my documents, I like their positioning tools the best.

5th Grade Book List


Next, here is a blank reading record like his. I just have him write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on his opinion.

Reading Record


Here’s another reading log we used when he was younger.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.

Free Printable Reading Log

See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

Library Love ~ Our Reading Corner, Recent Favorite Books, and why we are finally in LOVE!

Library Book Reading Corner and Favorite Library Books for 1st Graders

Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to announce we are finally in LOVE with the library and have been successfully in love for about a year now.  It took me many years to actually fall in love. I actually avoided the library for years out of my fear of library fines. I think this was due to a few factors;

1 – having young kids who struggled with following “library book” rules,

2 – not really enjoying our neighborhood library where we used to live,

3 – not having a routine in place to keep up with checked out books.

Thankfully all of those issues are now solved and my little bookworm is very happy about that. I regret not getting my act together sooner with this for her, but am pleased that we finally have this routine in our life.

This little area in our homeschool room has solved number 3 for me.  It is a library book only area.  No other books are allowed to mix in and the library books are not allowed to leave this area with out permission.  At age 6, she is old enough to understand this and does really well.  We haven’t had 1 fee since we moved here!

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We get the boys books too, but she is my library partner and loves to go with me.  We have a routine and I know now that I need to allow plenty of time for her to sit and read many of the books she has chosen.

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I have been taking photos of our very favorites before we return them and sharing on Instagram, we even have a hashtag to help you see them all at once #ladybugslibraryfavs. 

Here are some of our “favorites” photos. We have a huge home library so I can’t justify buying more at this point, but I know many of you are still building your home library! So, if you want to see them on Amazon, click the photo to see those specific books!

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1st Grade Library Book Favorites

Christmas Story Starters

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Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards feature a simple photograph on the front, and word ideas on the back.  You can see more about why they were created and how we use them here in our original post!

We have a brand new CHRISTMAS set for you today, with 6 different photographs with a Christmas theme to inspire young writers. Many of these Christmas photos feature animals, which are sure to inspire young writers!

Word ideas print on back if desired!



See a video walk through here showing you how we use and organize our cards, and the extra printables we use alongside of them.

We have more themes coming and many will be released here on my blog for FREE.  I am also listing sets in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss any of our free printables!

Have a theme idea for a set? Leave me a comment!

Download your free Christmas Story Starters here!

Inspire Me Story Starters Christmas

Looking for more Christmas fun?

Christmas Printables and Ideas


The printables shown below were were created to go along with our story starters! 

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Grab our other free Story Starters…

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Raise a Reader ~ Confidently! #RaiseAReader

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{disclaimer ~ I was sent this book to review, affiliate links are used}

If I were to write a book about reading, this would be it!  I have been online friends with Amy and Allie {the authors} for many years and have known we are kindred spirits in this area.  I LOVE teaching young children to read and love empowering parents to do the same.  I have learned that not everyone feels confident, or loves teaching reading and that’s why I love this book so much! I was sent the book to review, and am thrilled to share with you!

Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips to Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading is the answer for many of you, I highly recommend buying this book if you have any hesitancy at all about teaching your young children to read! If you have a friend beginning their homeschooling journey – this would make the perfect gift!


The book itself is broken into bite sized chunks, so it is VERY easy to read and digest.  There are 10 chapters, with a total of 75 different tips, and tons of photos {which I love!}.

Here’s a peek at the layout, the book begins with home library building recommendations for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, Kindergartners, and early independent readers.

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As a former Kindergarten teacher {and one who LOVED teaching reading}, I can’t recommend this book enough!  Build early literacy skills in your children from the start!

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You can follow the hashtag #RaiseAReader on social media to see many of the tips and other reviews of the book too!