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PPS Books for Relaxing Reading Grades K-2, Authors S-Z

This is the summer reading list for grades K-2 from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Print the entire K-2 list.

The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South

The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South

A Southern folktale in which kind Blanche, following the instructions of an old witch, gains riches, while her greedy sister makes fun of the old woman and is duly rewarded.

All the World

All the World

Follow a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

After Max is sent to bed for misbehaving, he escapes by imagining that he sails away to a wild land full of monsters. (Ask your librarian to suggest more books by Maurice Sendak.)

A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes

In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself.

Wild About Books

Wild About Books

A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, some Monkeys and their Monkey Business

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, some Monkeys and their Monkey Business

A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.

A Handful of Beans: Six Fairy Tales

A Handful of Beans: Six Fairy Tales

Rumpelstiltskin -- Beauty and the beast -- Hansel and Gretel -- Little Red Riding Hood -- The frog prince -- Jack and the beanstalk.

Pete's a Pizza

Pete's a Pizza

When Pete feels miserable because rain makes it impossible to play ball outdoors, his father finds a fun indoor game to play with his son.

Tops & Bottoms

Tops & Bottoms

Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich and lazy bear down the road.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Presents the traditional version of a famous American folk poem first heard in the U.S. in the 1940's with illustrations on die-cut pages that reveal all that the old lady swallows.

Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School

Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School

Gertrude LaRue receives typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home.

Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up

Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up

Keena Ford chronicles her many mishaps as she begins second grade.

The Quiet Book

The Quiet Book

From the quiet of being the first one awake in the morning to "sweet dreams quiet" when the last light is turned off, simple text explores the many kinds of quiet that can exist during the day.

The Biggest Bear

The Biggest Bear

Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.

Yoko's World of Kindness: Golden Rules for a Happy Classroom

Yoko's World of Kindness: Golden Rules for a Happy Classroom

Six stories for young children beginning school which teach lessons about making friends, the consequences of teasing, why people's unique qualities make them special, and how learning new skills can build one's confidence. (Ask your librarian for suggestions by other titles by Rosemary Wells.)

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

Wilbur the pig is upset when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, helps him. (Ask your librarian to suggest other titles by E.B. White.)

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

A pigeon that longs to drive a bus sees a chance to make its dream come true when the bus driver takes a short break. (Ask your librarian for help finding the other titles by Mo Willems.)

My name is Sangoel

My name is Sangoel

As a refugee from Sudan to the United States, Sangoel is frustrated that no one can pronounce his name correctly until he finds a clever way to solve the problem.

Bear Snores on

Bear Snores on

On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.

Apple Pie 4th of July

Apple Pie 4th of July

A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.

Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin

A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child.