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Click on the links above for a quick online view of the CORE Literature lists.  By each grade level title you'll find a link to print a PDF version if you prefer.

 CORE Literature Guidelines

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The following are the CORE literature titles for grades K-12.  These titles may be used for classroom instruction for the FIRST time at the grade level designated in the list.  This means that before the designated grade level, the book will not be taught, read aloud, placed on a teacher-generated recommended reading list, seen on a video, or used in a small group, large group, or literature circle setting. If a student chooses a CORE literature for independent reading during Reader's Workshop, the teacher may conference with the student on that book. You do not need to purge CORE titles from lower grade's current classroom libraries.

Kindergarten  (For a K-1 List in PDF)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle 440
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault 530
The Gingerbread Man  by Eric Kimmel 450
The Three Bears   by Paul Galdone 470

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle 460


First Grade 
(For a K-1 List in PDF)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst  970
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban  490
Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel  160
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry 670
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber  310
Lillyís Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes  540


by Leo Lionni  AD640
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig  700


Second Grade  (For a 2nd-5th List in PDF)

A Dinosaur Named After Me by Bernard Most 780
Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert  660
The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg  530
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney  680
The Oxcart Man by Donald Hall  AD1130
Sam, Bangs and Moonshine by Evaline Ness  510
Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore  690
Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola  660
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco  630
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto  670


Third Grade  (For a 2nd-5th List in PDF)

Charlotteís Web by E.B. White  680
Georgeís Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl  640
Indians of the Oaks by Mellicent Lee   
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder  930
Mr. Popperís Penguins by Richard Atwater  910
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes 870
Ramona Quimby Ė Age 8 by Beverly Cleary  860
Random House Book of Fairy Tales by Amy Ehrlich   810


Fourth Grade 
(For a 2nd-5th List in PDF)

Banditís Moon by Sid Fleischman  690
By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman  730
Carlota by Scott O'Dell  810
Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl 770
Frindle by Andrew Clements 830
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell 1000
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat 980
Patty Reedís Doll by Rachel K. Laurgaard 1040
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan 720
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  890
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner 550


Fifth Grade  (For a 2nd-5th List in PDF)

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson  1010
The Fighting Ground by Avi 580
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler by E.L. Konigsburg 700
Holes by Louis Sachar  660

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord 730

Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli 820
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier 770
Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman 790
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry 670
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare 770
Stowaway by Karen Hesse 830
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls 810
Toliverís Secret by Esther Wood Brady 740
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle  by Avi  740



Sixth Grade  (For a 6th-8th List in PDF)

A Stranger Came Ashore  by Mollie Hunter  1060 
Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell  980
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson  810
Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry  830
The Cay by Theodore Taylor  860
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep  870
Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder   1010
Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw 930
Maroo of the Winter Caves by Ann Turnbull  840


Seventh Grade  (For a 6th-8th List in PDF)

Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett  910
Beowulf NA  790-1760
King of Shadows by Susan Cooper  1010
The Kingís Shadow by Elizabeth Alder  940
Legend of Tarik by Walter Dean Myers  920
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler  740
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton  750
Proud Taste for Scarlet & Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg  770
The Samuraiís Tale by Erik C. Haugaard  960
Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher  710
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood  840



Eighth Grade  (For 6th-8th List as a PDF)

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt  1100
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  by Mark Twain  950 
Deathwatch by Robb White  990
The Giver by Lois Lowry  760
Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes  840
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie  640
Nothing But the Truth  by Avi  NP
The Pearl by John Steinbeck  980
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor  920
Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder  800
Slave Dancer by Paula Fox  970
To Be a Slave by Julius Lester  1080



Ninth Grade  (For a 9th-12th List in PDF)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  1080
Animal  Farm by George Orwell  1170
Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury  680
A Midsummer Nightís Dream by William Shakespeare  590?
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson  Not Rated
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck  630
Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry  Not Rated
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare  Not Rated
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  870


Tenth Grade  (For a 9th-12th List in PDF)

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque  830
Antigone by Sophocles  1090
A Place Where the Sea Remembers by Sandra Benitez  790
A Separate Peace  by John Knowles  1110
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver  900
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury  890
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 930
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou  1070
Lord of the Flies by William Golding  770
Macbeth by William Shakespeare  1350
Oedipus the King by Sophocles  1070
The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima Not Rated
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare  1340

Twelfth Night  

by William Shakespeare  Not Rated



Eleventh Grade  (For a 9th-12th List in PDF)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain  990
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger  790
The Crucible  by Arthur Miller  NP
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller  NP
East of Eden by John Steinbeck  700
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway 730
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne and James Houston  1040
Franny And Zooey by J.D. Salinger  990
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck  680
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  1070
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence  850
My Antonia by Willa Cather  1010
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane  900
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne  1340
Warriors Donít Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals  1000
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut  810


Twelfth Grade  (For a 9th-12th List in PDF)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  910
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley  870
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer  1410?
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley  1170
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens  1230
Hamlet by William Shakespeare  1390
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontё  890
Manís Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl  1300
1984 by George Orwell  1090
Othello by William Shakespeare  1350
Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde  920
A River Sutra by Gita Mehta  1080
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse  1010
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens  1130
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe  890
Utopia by Thomas More  1390
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontё  880

Thanks to Linda Foote, Lois Koppel, Eric March, Mary Maturo, and Jeannine Ugalde for compiling the Lexile scores for our CORE literature lists.)


Linda Foote
Instructional Technology Specialist
Poway Unified School District

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