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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.

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Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy

A young girl who loves fancy things helps her family to be fancy for one special night.

Dinosaurs Before Dark

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.

Piggie Pie!

Piggie Pie!

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.

Amelia Bedelia

Amelia Bedelia

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)

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

Reading Makes You Feel Good

Describes the characteristics and various advantages of reading.

The Kissing Hand

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.

Animal Babies

Animal Babies

Describes how different animal babies are born and how they grow and learn to survive in the world.

Emma Kate

Emma Kate

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

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

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)

Curious George (series)

One little monkey comes to America from the jungle and his curiosity keeps getting him into trouble.

Jackie's Gift

Jackie's Gift

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

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.

Duck! Rabbit!

Duck! Rabbit!

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.

Rain School

Rain School

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)

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.)