Some good age-appropriate chapter books for second graders include "Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle" by David Elliot, "Matilda" by Roald Dahl and "The Dog that Pitched a No-Hitter" by Matt Christopher. These books range from a concise 42 pages for Christopher's book to the lengthy 240-page "Matilda."
Other chapter books appropriate for most second-grade readers include "Lunch Money" by Andrew Clements, "The Wolves in the Walls" by Neil Gaiman and "Lady Lollipop" by Dick King-Smith.
Elliot's book follows the titular Evangeline as she searches for her palaeontologist parents, who were lost in the jungle while on a research trip. This book is the first in a series.
In Dahl's classic story, child-genius Matilda defends her favorite teacher from the treachery of the school's principal. Christopher's book relates the adventures of a telepathic dog that sends his owner tips about the players the boy pitches to.
"Lunch Money" follows the money-making schemes of rivals Greg and Maura, which include teaming up to create a series of comic books to sell. Gaiman's tome follows the hero Lucy as she and her family seek to survive when wolves appear from the walls of their home. "Lady Lollipop" tells the story of a pig named Lollipop, the swineherd that keeps her and the reformation of a spoiled princess.