PPS Books for Relaxing Reading Grades K-2, Authors N-R
This is the summer reading list for grades K-2 from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
A young girl who loves fancy things helps her family to be fancy for one special night.
Dinosaurs Before Dark
Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.
Gritch the witch flies to Old MacDonald's farm for some pigs to make a piggie pie, but when she arrives she can't find a single porker.
A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (series)
In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.
Reading Makes You Feel Good
Describes the characteristics and various advantages of reading.
The Kissing Hand
When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.
Describes how different animal babies are born and how they grow and learn to survive in the world.
Emma Kate and her best friend share many activities, such as homework and soccer practice, and even have their tonsils out at the same time, all the things best friends do. But there is more to this best friend than meets the eye. (Ask your librarian for other great titles by Patricia Polacco.)
Mrs. Katz and Tush
A long-lasting friendship develops between Larnel, a young African-American, and Mrs. Katz, a lonely, Jewish widow, when Larnel presents Mrs. Katz with a scrawny kitten without a tail. (Ask your librarian for other wonderful titles by Patricia Polacco.)
Officer Buckle and Gloria
The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches. (Ask your librarian for help finding other titles by Peggy Rathmann.)
Curious George (series)
One little monkey comes to America from the jungle and his curiosity keeps getting him into trouble.
When young Steve, who is Jewish, tells his new neighbor, Jackie Robinson, that his family does not have a Christmas tree, Jackie brings one to his neighbors, not knowing that they celebrate Hanukkah instead of Christmas. Based on a true story.
Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble
When Old Man Trouble calls on Aunt Nancy, he tries very hard to perform a trick that will bother her; however, she knows just how to handle him.
A clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is it a duck or a rabbit? There's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument.
The children arrive on the first day of school and build a mud structure to be their classroom for the next nine months until the rainy season comes and washes it all away.
Mr. Putter and Tabby (series)
Tales of Mr. Putter and his cat, Tabby. (Ask your librarian for help finding other titles by Cynthia Rylant, including the Henry and Mudge series.)