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PPS Books for Relaxing Reading Grades K-2, Authors H-M

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

Print the entire K-2 list.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together

Using rhyme, rhythm and repetition, the scary text invites young children to read along with an adult. Together the adult's text and the child's responsive text create stories with a scary theme.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

The Little Piano Girl

The Little Piano Girl

A child prodigy at the piano sprinkles her music with a little jazz. Based on the life of the twentieth-century jazz musician, Mary Lou Williams.

Prehistoric Actual Size

Prehistoric Actual Size

Learn what it's like to come face-to-face with some of the dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth through these "actual-size" illustrations.

Hot City

Hot City

Mimi and her little brother Joe escape from home and the city's summer heat to read and dream about princesses and dinosaurs in the cool, quiet library.

Whistle for Willie

Whistle for Willie

A little boy wishes so much he could whistle.

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.

Horrible Harry in Room 2B

Horrible Harry in Room 2B

Doug discovers that though being Harry's best friend in Miss Mackle's second grade class isn't always easy, as Harry likes to do horrible things, it is often a lot of fun.

Arthur and the Double Dare

Arthur and the Double Dare

Unhappy about how much homework they have to do, Arthur and his friends dare each other to skip school.

Fish is Fish

Fish is Fish

When his friend, the tadpole, becomes a frog and leaves the pond to explore the world, the little fish decides that maybe he doesn't have to remain in the pond either.

Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo

Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo

Follows the adventures of a little boy named Sam when he matches wits with several tigers that want to eat him.

Henry's Freedom Box

Henry's Freedom Box

A fictionalized account of how a Virginia slave named Henry "Box" Brown escapes to freedom in 1849 by shipping himself from Richmond to Philadelphia in a wooden crate.

Bats at the library

Bats at the library

Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.

Frog and Toad Are Friends.

Frog and Toad Are Friends.

Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

A little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest on her way to visit her grandmother.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

In trying to determine which of his six sons to reward for saving his life, Anansi the Spider is responsible for placing the moon in the sky.

Elmer

Elmer

All the elephants of the jungle were gray except Elmer, who was a patchwork of brilliant colors until the day he got tired of being different and making the other elephants laugh.

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Tikki Tikki Tembo

When the eldest son fell in the well and most of the time getting help was spent pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decided to give all their children short names.

Zin! Zin! Zin!: A Violin

Zin! Zin! Zin!: A Violin

Ten instruments take their parts one by one in a musical performance.