Common Core book recommendations and Common Core-aligned resources for kindergarten and 1st grade readers



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"Grow with Mo!" Mo Willems Teaching Guide

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This teaching guide includes activities for eight Mo Willems titles and is aligned with Common Core standards for grades PreK-2. The activities cover such concepts as writing narratives, writing opinion pieces, summarizing, determining the central message, and more, and there are some just-for-fun activities, as well! [PDF]


Arthur Dorros; Illustrated by Raul Colon

Together, a young boy and his abuelo (grandfather) go camping, ride horses, and even confront a mountain lion. Soon, the boy's family moves to the city from the country, away from A...

Ah, Music!

Aliki; Illustrated by Aliki

In this richly layered compendium, Aliki, the beloved creator of many award-winning books for children, shares her keen insight about music and all its themes and variations. Ah, Music!...


Byron Barton; Illustrated by Byron Barton

Byron Barton introduces young readers to the fun of the airport in this bold and colorful book. From the excitement of arrival to the wonder of taking off, Airport captures all the magic of an a...

Alien in My Pocket #4: On Impact!

Nate Ball; Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

This must-read Alien in My Pocket book is the fourth in the series by Nate Ball, the host of PBS's Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. In this hilarious new adventure, Za...

Amazing Whales!

Sarah L. Thomson

How big are whales? How do whales breathe in the ocean? Do they live alone or in groups? Why are so many whales in danger? Read and find out in this Level Two I Can Read that is perfect ...

Amelia Bedelia

Peggy Parish; Illustrated by Fritz Siebel

Learn to read with the classic Amelia Bedelia! Ever since Amelia Bedelia made her debut in 1963, young readers have been laughing out loud at the antics of this...

Ant Cities

Arthur Dorros; Illustrated by Arthur Dorros

Did you ever wonder where an ant goes when it disappears into an anthill? Underneath the hill, there are miles of tunnels and hundreds of rooms! With simple, easy-to-understand words and colorfu...

Best Bug Parade, The

Stuart J. Murphy; Illustrated by Holly Keller

Which bug is the biggest? Which bug is the longest? It's time to find out as all the bugs in Ladybug's garden line up for the best bug parade! This fun book written by Stuart J. Murphy and illus...

Best Vacation Ever, The

Stuart J. Murphy; Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

This busy family needs a vacation, but they don't know where to go. Mom and Dad want peace and quiet. Grandma wants to go somewhere hot. Fluffer wants to go somewhere that pets can go, too! Not ...


Donald Crews; Illustrated by Donald Crews

Donald Crews, the Caldecott Honor artist and award-winning creator of Freight Train, Truck, and many other classic picture books for young children, writes of his own c...

Biscuit Plays Ball

Alyssa Satin Capucilli; Illustrated by Pat Schories

For fans of Clifford and Spot, welcome everybody’s favorite little yellow puppy, Biscuit, in an I Can Read adventure!Biscuit is excited to be at the ball game, but ...

Boats Board Book

Byron Barton; Illustrated by Byron Barton

Byron Barton introduces young readers to all different kinds of boats in this bold and colorful board book. With simple text and vibrant illustrations, readers will learn about transportation by...

Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones

Byron Barton; Illustrated by Byron Barton

Six paleontologists search for bones. When they find them, they dig them up, wrap them, and load them on a truck, bound for the museum. With simple text and vibrant illustrations, young readers ...

Brave Girl

Michelle Markel; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The true story of the young immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history.This picture book biography about Ukrainian immigrant Clara Le...

Bread, Bread, Bread

Ann Morris; Illustrated by Ken Heyman

Bread is a food enjoyed by people in all parts of the world. Its many shapes, sizes, textures, and colors are as varied as the people who eat it. This photographic round-the-world tour provides ...

Brick by Brick

Charles R. Smith; Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

The compelling true story behind the building of the White House, a powerful part of history rarely taught. From Coretta Scott King Award winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper.

Building a House

Byron Barton; Illustrated by Byron Barton

Byron Barton, the celebrated creator of numerous picture books for very young children, including Trucks, My Bus, and My Car, builds a house, step by step, rig...

Byron Barton Vehicles Teaching Guide

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This teaching guide features classroom activities for eight transportation-themed books by Bryon Barton and is aligned with Common Core standards for grades PreK-K. The guide covers themes such as identifying characters, setting, and major events and having collaborative conversations for new and classic Byron Barton titles like My Bus, My Car, Airplanes, Machines at Work, and more. [PDF]

Caps for Sale

Esphyr Slobodkina; Illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by of the most popular picture books ever published!Children will delight in followin...

Carrot Seed, The

Ruth Krauss; Illustrated by Crockett Johnson

From celebrated children's book creators Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson comes the beloved classic story The Carrot Seed.When a little boy plants a carrot ...

Cat Talk

Patricia MacLachlan; Illustrated by Barry Moser; By (author) Emily MacLachlan Charest

From cuddler to troublemaker, kitten to tom, cats have a lot to say. Authors Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest and illustrator Barry Moser give voice to and celebrate our most opi...

Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition, A

Vera B. Williams; Illustrated by Vera B. Williams

This classic and award-winning picture book was written and illustrated by the celebrated Vera B. Williams and was named a Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association. "A tender kno...


Kevin Henkes; Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Chr...

Circle, Square, Moose

Kelly Bingham; Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

In this companion to the acclaimed Z Is for Moose, Moose infiltrates a book about shapes (because he loves shapes, naturally) and it is up to his best friend, Zebra, to restore order an...

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