PPS Books for Relaxing Reading Grades K-2, Authors C to G
This is the summer reading list for grades K-2 from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
The Stories Julian Tells
Relates episodes in seven-year-old Julian's life which include getting into trouble with his younger brother Huey, planting a garden, what he did to try to grow taller, losing a tooth, and finding a new friend.
When the adorable fruit bat Stellaluna is separated from her mother, she is adopted by a family of birds, but soon finds that she just can't fit in. Her playmates like to sleep at night; she wants to fly. They whistle and sing; she doesn't even have a beak! But just when it seems like she'll always be an outsider, Stellaluna makes an amazing discovery. Now she'll learn to cherish the things that make her different from everyone else. And she'll see that an open mind and an open heart can lead to the greatest gift of all.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A hungry little caterpillar eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days. (Ask your librarian for other wonderful titles by Eric Carle.)
When her grandmother, a devoted gardener, dies, a little girl inherits her gardening gloves and feels closer to her memory.
When Will I Read?
Impatient to begin reading, a first-grader doesn't realize that there is more to reading than books.
A fine, fine school
A humorous story about a student, Tillie, who needs to show her well-intentioned principal that although his fine, fine school is a wonderful place, it's not fine to be there ALL the time, including the weekends, holidays, summer, and maybe even nights!
The fateful story of the cabin boy who went searching for a lost cat off of the ship, The Titanic, only to save his life from the dreadful accident that occurred.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
The Great Fuzz Frenzy
When a tennis ball lands in a prairie dog town, the residents find that their new-found frenzy for fuzz creates a fiasco.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Mr. Fox's ingenuity saves all the digging animals from starvation when they are trapped underground by three mean farmers. Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family. (After reading this, ask your librarian for help in finding more books by Roald Dahl.)
The Empty Pot
When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.
Rap a Tap Tap : Here's Bojangles, Think of That
Rhyming text and illustrations describe the dancing of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.
A clever mouse uses the threat of a terrifying creature to keep from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake--only to have to outwit that creature as well.
Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale
In this story, loosely based on that of Cinderella but featuring dinosaurs, the Duke falls in love with Dinorella when she rescues him from the dreaded deinonychus at the Dinosaur Dance.
The Random House Book of Fairy Tales
Nineteen of the best-known fairy tales, including "Rapunzel," "Beauty and the Beast," "Thumbelina," and "Hansel and Gretel."
A retelling of the classic story of Chicken Little, who has an acorn fall on his head and runs in a panic to his friends Henny Penny, Lucky Ducky, and Loosey Goosey, to tell them the sky is falling.
Mystery Vine: A Pumpkin Surprise
When a mysterious vine appears in their carefully tended garden, a brother and sister patiently watch and wait to see what it becomes. Includes gardening activities and pumpkin recipes.
Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.
George is a puppy who does not sound like a puppy should, despite the efforts of his mother.
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.
Spiders Are Not Insects (non-fiction)
An introduction to the spider, an eight-legged creature, not to be confused with the six-legged insect.
The Gingerbread Boy
The Gingerbread Boy eludes the hungry grasp of everyone he meets until he happens upon a fox more clever than he.
An illustrated children's poem which celebrates the diversity of America.