Second Grade Book List

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Note: “Second graders are at the age when they begin to have strong likes and dislikes. Eight-year-olds react strongly to imagery in the fables and in stories of saints. They hear fables and stories of legendary characters such as saints. These stories teach of human fallibility and present a model for overcoming adversity…” – From Waldorf 101

Thank you to Waldorf Teacher, Diane Power for creating a book-list for students! She says…

The following books for 1st and 2nd can be read aloud to the students:

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

Elsa Beskow books

The Story of the Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers

The Blue Fairy Book and others by Andrew Lang

The Wind Boy by Ethel Eliot

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The Iktomi books by Paul Goble

My FatherĀ“s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

The 7 Year Wonder Book by Isabel Wyatt

The Story of Jumping Mouse retold by John Steptoe

The King of IrelandĀ“s Son by Padraic Colum

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

The Tomten by Astrid Lingren

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Any fables & fairy tales from around the world

Other recommendations from members are…

The Adventures of Nils Holgersen
By Selga Lagerlof
This is a famous work of fiction by the Swedish author, published in two parts in 1906 and 1907. The background for publication was a commission from the National Teachers Association in 1902 to write a geography reader for the public schools. “She devoted three years to Nature study and to familiarizing herself with animal and bird life. She has sought out hitherto unpublished folklore and legends of the different provinces. These she has ingeniously woven into her story.” (From the Book Jacket)

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