I found a helpful post on Amazon.com where someone recommends easy novels to read while learning Spanish. I hope to order them and see whether they might be good for Spanish 2, since I’m all about feeding kids authentic rather than learner Spanish from the beginning.
For Bethanie, who asked a long time ago, and anyone else who cares.
Here are a couple of other options recommended to me via Twitter and Amazon:
A children’s sensation in Spain, Manolito Gafotas (if you can find enough copies en español)
The last of the Manolito series, Manolito Tiene un Secreto
Adventure novel Limpieza de sangre
El pirata Garrapata (and sequels) – I’ve been able to read part of this book since the original post. I don’t believe it’s “easy” at all and I don’t recommend it for novice learners because it’s packed with satirical language and double meanings. Everyone’s name means something else, or a combination of things, and the dialogue between characters goes back and forth in constant misunderstandings and rephrasings of plays on words. It’s fun, but not for a novice.