K-5 Readling Selections for Complexity, Quality and Students’ Range

Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, and Range of Student Reading K–5

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) have identified the texts below as representative of a wide range of topics and genres at each grade level relative to complexity and quality.

Kindergarten

Literature

  • Over in the Meadow – John Langstaff
  • Boy, a Dog, and a Frog – Mercer Mayer
  • Pancakes for Breakfast – Tomie DePaola
  • A Story, A Story – Gail E. Haley
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon – Kevin Henkes

 Informational Text

  • My Five Senses – Aliki
  • Truck – Donald Crews
  • I Read Signs – Tana Hoban
  • What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? – Steve Jenkinsk, Robin Page
  • Amazing Whales! – Sarah L. Thomson

 1st Grade

Literature

  • Mix a Pancake – Christina G. Rossetti
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard Atwater
  • Little Bear – Else Holmelund Minarik, Maurice Sendak
  • Frog and Toad Together – Arnold Lobel
  • Hi! Fly Guy – Tedd Arnold

 Informational Text

  • A Tree Is a Plant – Clyde Robert Bulla, Stacey Schuett
  • Starfish – Edith Thacher Hurd
  • Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean – Arthur Dorros
  • From Seed to Pumpkin – Wendy Pfeffer, James Graham Hale
  • How People Learned to Fly – Fran Hodgkins, True Kelley

 2nd – 3rd Grade

Literature

  • Who Has Seen the Wind? – Christina G. Rossetti
  • Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall – Patricia MacLachlan
  • Tops and Bottoms – Janet Stevens
  • Poppleton in Winter – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated – Mark Teague

 Informational Text

  • A Medieval Feast – Aliki
  • From Seed to Plant – Gail Gibbons
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges – Robert Coles
  • A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder – Walter Wick
  • Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 – Brian Floca

 4th – 5th Grade

Literature

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Casey at the Bat – Ernest Lawrence Thayer
  • The Black Stallion – Walter Farley
  • Zlateh the Goat – Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – Grace Lin

 Informational Text

  • Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet – Melvin Berger
  • Hurricanes: Earth’s Mightiest Storms – Patricia Lauber
  • A History of US – Joy Hakim
  • Horses – Seymour Simon
  • Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea by Sy Montgomery

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