Rooted in Reading for 2nd Grade

Hey, teachers… have you heard the BIG news?! Katie King and I have developed a BRAND NEW Rooted in Reading Series for Second Grade classrooms! You may be thinking… what? why? don’t you already have a 2nd grade set of Rooted in Reading? I get it! Back in the fall of 2015, we developed our very first year of reading curriculum. The books, lesson plans, and activities are all very near and dear to our hearts. We still love all of those books and value the time we spent pouring our souls into the creation of the curriculum. Over the years we have added to, edited, and updated it many times.

However, it’s been SEVEN years since we began! Can you believe that? We are having a hard time wrapping our heads around that one. While we LOVE and BELIEVE in our current 2nd Grade Rooted in Reading, we are also so excited about the BRAND NEW set of lesson plans and activities with 40 of the most beautiful books you ever did see!

The 2nd Grade 2nd Edition of Rooted in Reading is available NOW!

Click HERE for 2nd Edition 2nd Grade August

Click HERE for 2nd Edition 2nd Grade Bundle

Today I want to introduce you to the 40 books that we chose for our 2nd Edition of 2nd Grade Rooted in Reading. For a product Q&A, year overview, and how it will be similar to/different from the 1st edition check out the post below.

Find all the details in our FAQ HERE!

Rooted in Reading Picture Books for 2nd Grade

2nd Grade August Rooted in Reading Books

Now, let’s look at all of these beautiful books! You will find links to all of the books on Amazon in this blog post… HOWEVER, please know that there are other options when looking for and purchasing books! It’s just easiest for us to link everything in one place. Here are some other ways to go about finding the books you need:

  1. Check with your local or school library.
  2. Search garage sales and half price books.
  3. Make an Amazon wish list with all of the books you need. Share it with your family, community, and social media.
  4. Know any teachers that are stepping away from the classroom or are retiring? Check their book stash before they go!
  5. Look on Thrift Books (
  6. Barnes and Noble will often have picture book discounts such as buy one get one half off. Target sometimes does this as well.
  7. Utilize Scholastic! Many of these books will be more affordable on Scholastic. You just want to make sure you place your order in advance because the shipping times can be wonky.

Want to see the books all in one place? Click HERE to find the books in my Amazon Storefront!

August Rooted in Reading
1 August Rooted in Reading Books
  1. My School Stinks by Becky Scharnhorst
  2. Rulers of the Playground by Joseph Kuefler
  3. Home by Carson Ellis
  4. The Barnabus Project by Terry Fan

2nd Grade September Rooted in Reading Books

September Rooted in Reading
2 September Rooted in Reading Books
  1. One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
  2. The Hundred Year Barn by Patricia MacLachlan
  3. The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant
  4. The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes by Julia Finley Mosca (Amazon has stock, but they haven’t updated their listing. Check HERE on Innovation Press, Check HERE on Scholastic)

2nd Grade October Rooted in Reading Books

October Rooted in Reading
3 October Rooted in Reading Books
  1. The Poisoned Apple by Anne Lambelet
  2. The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
  3. The Slug by Elise Gravel and The Cockroach by Elise Gravel
  4. How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green

2nd Grade November Rooted in Reading Books

November Rooted in Reading
4 November Rooted in Reading Books
  1. The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming
  2. Whooo Knew by Annett Whipple
  3. Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson
  4. Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules

2nd Grade December Rooted in Reading Books

December Rooted in Reading
5 December Rooted in Reading Books
  1. Except Antartica by Todd Sturgell
  2. Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant
  3. Little Red Sleigh by Erin Guendeskberger
  4. Digging for Words by Angela Burke Kunkel

2nd Grade January Rooted in Reading Books

January Rooted in Reading
6 January Rooted in Reading Books
  1. If Polar Bear Disappeard by Lily Williams
  2. Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper
  3. Mornings with Monet by Barb Rosentock
  4. Nian, the Chinese New Year Dragon by Virginia Loh-Hagan

2nd Grade February Rooted in Reading Books

February Rooted in Reading
7 February Rooted in Reading Books
  1. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
  2. Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson
  3. John, Paul, George, and Ben by Lane Smith
  4. Ticktock Banneker’s Clock by Shana Keller

2nd Grade March Rooted in Reading Books

March Rooted in Reading
8 March Rooted in Reading Books
  1. The Green Frogs by Yumi Heo
  2. The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Miller
  3. Birds of a Feather by Sita Singh
  4. Pocket Full of Colors by Amy Guglielmo

2nd Grade April Rooted in Reading Books

April Rooted in Reading
9 April Rooted in Reading Books
  1. A Beetle is Shy by Dianna Hutts Ashton
  2. 10 Beautiful Things by Molly Griffin
  3. Harlem Grown by Toney Hillery
  4. Song of the Wild by Nicola Davies

2nd Grade May Rooted in Reading Books

May Rooted in Reading
10 May Rooted in Reading Books
  1. Cat Problems by Jory John
  2. Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton
  3. Dinosaur Lady by Linda Skeers
  4. Elephant in the Dark by Mina Javaherbin

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27 Responses

  1. Congratulations. I am happy to hear you so excited but I sure wish it was a first grade edition. πŸ™

  2. Yay! I am so excited! I have worn out the first version of 2nd grade RIR! When will the 2nd grade phonics be available for us to check out and purchase as well?

    1. I’m so happy you are excited! We love the 1st edition, but knew some teachers were ready to spice things up! Yes, the phonics will be in the 2nd edition bundle as well as listed separately!

      1. 2nd grade phonics will be included in the 2nd edition of 2nd grade rooted in reading, it will also be posted separately on April 5th as a growing bundle.

  3. If you already have the 2nd grade rooted in reading will this be updated or is this a new bundle to purchase?

    1. We will be addressing this, but this is a completely new resource (it is not an update). So, it will be a new resource to purchase if you desire! If not, just use the 1st edition as it is formatted similarly!

  4. There’s a very high chance I’ll be moving from 5th grade to 2nd grade, and I have been looking at Rooted in Reading! Which one would you suggest to use? The first edition or second?! Rooted in Reading makes me excited to change grade levels!

    1. If you are starting brand new, I would start with the 2nd Edition! Also, you will LOVE teaching second grade!

  5. I was just starting to buy your set. I am going to stop so that I can buy the new one for next year. I was not at a school district that I was able to use it and I was buying them for next year. I am so excited to use them.

    1. I am so excited that you are excited! You can definitely use our 1st edition, but if you haven’t invested in that yet, I would definitely wait for the 2nd edition!

    1. Great question! This will be formatted like our other yearly resources, so there will not be a digital component!

  6. If we have the first edition and get the second edition, can we use those together? As in, can we do one story from one edition and jump to another story in the other? Will they somewhat line up? I love the first so much!

    1. Hi Katie! I’m so glad you love our first set! We do too! It won’t line up completely perfectly, but you can definitely pick and choose from both sets! When we release the overview you can see which ones that might work with!

  7. Will the bundle cost on TpT be similar/same as the previous Rooted in Reading for 2nd grade?

    1. Yes, all of our Rooted in Reading units and bundles are priced the same. We will give specific details on pricing in our FAQ post!

  8. Love your resources! I’m currently using your 1st grade RR, do you have any plans to release more 1st grade RR content in the future?

    1. Right now we are only focusing on the 2nd Edition of 2nd Grade. We aren’t saying it will NEVER happen, we are just saying it won’t happen right now.

  9. Hi Amy,
    I love all of your units. I have the math and the Rooted in Reading for second grade. Just curious. Is there a way you could ‘early release’ the month of August? Our grade level plans in the summer. It would be nice to have the first month before school starts…. I just thought I would ask. I find this very exciting!