Second Grade Reading Comprehension Books

By second grade, most of you parents out there expect your kids to be able to read fluently. But, when your child struggles with reading comprehension, and you've spoken with the teacher and talked with administration and your child still isn't quite understanding what he or she reads, then what can you do? The truth is, you don't have to sit back and hope for change. Pick up one of these 2nd grade reading comprehension books to help bolster their reading confidence. Each of the books includes a guide so you, as a parent, don't have to go it alone. They will also prepare you and your child well for third grade level reading.

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Daily Reading Comprehension, Grade 2

The cover of daily Reading Comprehension shows images of worksheets with a pencil
Evan-Moor Publishing

Author/Publisher: Evan-Moor Publishing

Summary: This is a day-by-day workbook covering 30 weeks of instruction. The pages are easy to reproduces and cover a wide range of reading skills and strategies for comprehension.

Reading Skills Practice:

  • Finding the main idea
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Sequencing
  • Identifying cause and effect
  • Developing vocabulary
  • Analyzing characters
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Making inferences
  • Following directions
  • Making predictions
  • Sorting and classifying
  • Reading for details
  • Gauging fantasy vs. reality
  • Making connections
  • Organizing

Price: At press time, the book costs about $25, with used copies selling for about $8.

Why Buy? Evan-Moor Publishing focuses solely on elementary skill building. That's it. The materials they produce are top-notch, highly-rated by parents and teachers, and quite effective at helping kids figure out nonfiction and fiction passages. 

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Spectrum Reading, Grade 2

The cover of Spectrum Reading Grade 2 has an image of a star with 16 points
Carson - Dellosa Publishing

Author: Spectrum Imprint

Publisher: Carson - Dellosa Publishing 

Summary: This workbook, which is in full color, is for students about to enter second grade who struggle with reading. Not only are reading skills tested after every little story, vocabulary is highlighted as well. 

Reading Skills Practice:

  • Determine the main idea
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Sequencing
  • Identifying cause and effect
  • Understanding vocabulary in context
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Making inferences
  • Following directions
  • Making predictions
  • Sorting and classifying
    Reading for details

Price: At press time, the book is under $8, with used copies as low as $2!

Why Buy? If you have an unmotivated child, this workbook is perfect. The stories are high interest, short and engaging. Coupled with the full color print, this workbook will help keep kids engaged. 

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Scholastic Success With Reading Comprehension, Grade 2

The cover of Success With Reading Comprehension depicts pages from the book
Scholastic

Author: Robin Wolfe

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Summary: Scholastic's second grade work is perfect for a child with a short attention span. The stories and activities are brief—sometimes just a sentence or two—so the student can answer questions thoughtfully instead of trying to plow through indecipherable text.

Reading Skills Practice:

  • Determining the main idea
  • Drawing conclusions, sequencing
  • Identifying cause and effect
  • Understanding vocabulary in context
  • Analyzing characters
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Making inferences
  • Following directions
  • Making predictions
  • Sorting and classifying
  • Reading for details

Price: At press time, the book ranged from $5 to as low as $1.

Why Buy? This workbook is perfect for a busy, bouncing kid who'd rather be shooting hoops or jumping rope instead of improving their reading comprehension. You can make it a staple in the car, or make it a must before screen time in the summer.

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Reading Comprehension Grade 2

The cover of Practice Makes Perfect Reading Comprehension Grade 2 displays a backpack overflowing with school supplies
TCR

Author: Mary D. Smith

Publisher: Teacher Created Resources, Inc.

Summary: This workbook incorporates reading comprehension skills using fiction, nonfiction and informational texts. It's geared toward a regular second grade student, not a remedial one, and will help students feel more confident when standardized tests roll around as testing practice is included. 

Reading Skills Practice:

  • Determine the main idea
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Sequencing
  • Identifying cause and effect
  • Understanding vocabulary in context
  • Analyzing characters
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Making inferences
  • Following directions
  • Making predictions
  • Sorting and classifying
  • Reading for details

Price: At press time, the book ranged from $2 to $6.

Why Buy? This workbook is aimed toward a typical second grade student. Remedial students may have difficulty with the longer passages, but could certainly benefit from the test-taking practice to boost confidence.