Social Studies Related Booklist
Pittsburgh Public Schools
The following titles are suggestions only. Please check with your teachers to see if the following topics are being studied in your grade this year. Click on the underlined titles to see if a copy of the book is available. If a copy is not available at your location, please ask your librarian to place a copy on hold for you.
KINDERGARTEN - SECOND GRADES
Again by Janice Boland
A perky pink pig learns to appreciate her own strengths and
Way and Chrysanthemum
by Keven Henkes
Two very different characters show children how to stay true to
themselves--and be flexible too.
eyes, a nose, and a mouth by Roberta Intrater
Photographs show readers how we are all the same--yet all unique.
Just Like Me by Barnabas Kindersley
Photos and facts about children from a wide variety of countries and
- Leo the
Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Patience pays off for Leo and his family in this comforting story.
Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester
Fluffy isn't, but he learns to accept himself with the help of a
Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Mama uses a wheelchair to get around, but still participates fully in
Sophie! by Dayle Ann Dodds
No one wants to listen to Sophie's songs until they turn out to be
for 10 by Cathryn Falwell
The whole family shops for, prepares, and enjoys a wonderful meal
from Grandpa by Mem Fox
Everyone pitches in to purchase new clothes for Jessie.
Katerina and the Time She Quit the Family by Patricia Lee
Frustrated and grumpy, Christina Katerina opts out of family life but
finds it harder than she expects to remain isolated and independent.
- Eat Up,
Gemma by Sarah Hayes
Baby Gemma's brother comes up with a clever way to coax her to eat.
Gets in First by Shirley Hughes
When Alfie accidentally locks his mother and sister out of the house,
the whole neighborhood pitches in to help.
Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky
Only one person in the family seems capable of making baby stop
Roses by Pat Brisson
Wanda's determination (and help from her neighbors) turns an empty
lot into a rose garden.
Place by Eve Bunting
An unusual spot where wildlife flourish is hidden in the heart of the
Park by Lisa Campbell Ernst
When the park is redesigned, Stuart and his father argue over the possible
destruction of an ancient oak tree.
Once There was a Wood by Denise Fleming
Fleming's thoughtful picture book shows the transformation of a plot
of land from forest to housing development
- Weslandia by
This humorous, off-beat story details the creation of a whole new
civilization -- in Wesley's backyard.
- Roxaboxen by
A group of children create an imaginary town from rocks and boxes.
- The Green
Truck Garden Giveaway: A Neighborhood Story and Almanac by
Gardening creates a sense of community for these urban dwellers.
Sid by Inga Moore
Sid the cat convinces six different people on the same street to care
for (and feed) him.
by Sheri Amsel
Basic information about these habitats is accompanied by photos.
the Forests Meet the Sea by Jeannie Baker
This imaginative picture book shows the transformation of a rain
forest over time.
Desert is Theirs, If you
are a Hunter of Fossils, I'm in
Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor
These and other books by Baylor celebrate the beauty of the desert.
- Life in
the Deserts by Lucy Baker
Information about animals, plants and people in deserts around the
Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry
This picture book shows the inter-related growth of animals and
plants--and the impact that people can have upon an ecosystem.
- One Day
in the Tropical Rain Forest by Jean Craighead George
In story format, nature writer George explores this damp, green
by Miranda MacQuitty
An Eyewitness book that presents brief bits of information in an
Sun, the Wind, and the Rain by Lisa Westberg Peters
This picture book compares the creation of a mountain to a child's
activities on the beach to show how water and erosion affect the
Rain Forest by April Sayre
Entries in the "Exploring Earth's Biomes" series showcase these
by Seymour Simon
Dramatic photographs reveal life in the world's deserts.
A History of Growing Up Female in America by Penny Colman
Colman's comprehensive look at the social history of women in America
is also an entertaining read.
Train by Paul Fleischman
This quirky story carries readers and riders back in time on a very
Came Down That Road? by George Ella Lyon
A child's questions prompt a parent to describe the historical
development of a local path.
of the Americas by Betsy Maestro
Large pictures and straightforward text chronicle various
explorations of the New World.
Up Indian by Evelyn Wolfson
Wolfson examines Native American traditions in child-rearing.