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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

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? 440
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 530
The Gingerbread Man  450
The Three Bears   470

The Very Hungry Caterpillar



First Grade 
(For a K-1 List in PDF)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 970
Bread and Jam for Frances 490
Frog and Toad 160
The Great Kapok Tree 670
Ira Sleeps Over 310
Lillyís Purple Plastic Purse 540




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

A Dinosaur Named After Me 780
Grandfather Tang's Story 660
Island of the Skog 530
Miss Rumphius 680
The Oxcart Man AD1130
Sam, Bangs and Moonshine 510
Six Dinner Sid 690
Strega Nona 660
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble 700
Thunder Cake 630
Too Many Tamales 670


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

Charlotteís Web 680
Georgeís Marvelous Medicine 640
Indians of the Oaks  
Little House in the Big Woods 930
Mr. Popperís Penguins 910
The Hundred Dresses 870
Ramona Quimby Ė Age 8 860
Random House Book of Fairy Tales 810
Stone Fox 550


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

Banditís Moon 690
By the Great Horn Spoon 730
Carlota 810
Danny, Champion of the World 770
Frindle 830
Island of the Blue Dolphins 1000
Owls in the Family 980
Patty Reedís Doll 1040
Riding Freedom 720
Shiloh 890


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

Ben and Me 1010
The Fighting Ground 580
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler 700
Holes 660

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson


Maniac Magee

My Brother Sam Is Dead 770
Night of the Twisters 790
Number the Stars 670
Sign of the Beaver 770
Stowaway 830
Summer of the Monkeys 810
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle 740
Tolliverís Secret 740



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

Black Pearl 980
Bridge to Terabithia 810
Call It Courage 830
The Cay 860
Dragonwings 870
Egypt Game 1010
Golden Goblet 930
Maroo of the Winter Caves 840
Stranger Came Ashore 1060


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

Anna of Byzantium 910
Beowulf 790-1760 (depends on version)
Ghosts of Tokkaido Inn 740
King of Shadows 1010
The Kingís Shadow 940
Legend of Tarik 920
The Outsiders 750
Proud Taste for Scarlet & Miniver 770
Samuraiís Tale 960
Shadow Spinner 710
Shakespeare Stealer 840



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

Across Five Aprils 1100
Deathwatch 990
The Giver 760
Johnny Tremain 840
Murder on the Orient Express 640
Nothing But the Truth  (No Lexile due to book's format)
The Pearl 980
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry 920
Shades of Gray 800
Slave Dancer 970
To Be a Slave 1080
Tom Sawyer 950



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

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1080
Animal  Farm 1170
Illustrated Man 680
A Midsummer Nightís Dream 590?
Miracle Worker Not Rated
Of Mice and Men 630
Raisin in the Sun Not Rated
Romeo and Juliet Not Rated
To Kill a Mockingbird 870


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

All Quiet on the Western Front 830
Antigone 1090
A Place Where the Sea Remembers 790
A Separate Peace  1110
The Bean Trees 900
Fahrenheit 451 890
The Joy Luck Club 930
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 1070
Lord of the Flies 770
Macbeth 1350
Oedipus 1070
The Sound of Waves Not Rated
The Taming of the Shrew 1340

Twelfth Night  

Not Rated



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

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 990
Catcher in the Rye 790
The Crucible  1320
Death of a Salesman 1320?
East of Eden 700
A Farewell to Arms 730
Farewell to Manzanar 1040
Franny And Zooey 990
The Grapes of Wrath 680
The Great Gatsby 1070
Inherit the Wind 850
My Antonia 1010
Red Badge of Courage 900
The Scarlet Letter 1340
Warriors Donít Cry 1000
Welcome to the Monkey House 810


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

The Alchemist 910
Brave New World 870
Canterbury Tales 1410?
Frankenstein 1170
Great Expectations 1230
Hamlet 1390
Jane Eyre 210-890 (depends on version)
Manís Search for Meaning 1300
1984 1090
Othello 1350
Picture of Dorian Gray 920
A River Sutra 1080
Siddhartha 1010
Tale of Two Cities 1130
Things Fall Apart 890
Utopia 1390
Wuthering Heights 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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