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- Recommended Literature:
Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
A list of outstanding literature for children and adolescents produced by the California Department of Education. The recommended titles reflect the quality and complexity of the type of materials students should be reading at school and outside class. This collection provides a broad range of books that serve as examples of the kinds of materials that will help students meet California's rigorous content standards in reading and language arts. Local school officials and teachers are encouraged to use this list as a resource in designing standards-based instructional programs.
- California: To
Statehood and Beyond (PDF)
An annotated bibliography developed by CDE of recommended books, Web sites, materials, and museums. Appropriate for kindergarten through grade twelve, the resources deal with California's history from 1846 to 1850.
©2002 by the California Department of Education
to the 2002 Edition (PDF)
Additional books and Web sites.
Note: Permission is granted in advance for reproduction of this work for educational purposes. To request permission for other uses, send specific requests to Copyright Program Office, California Department of Education, CDE Press, 1430 N Street, Suite 3207, Sacramento, CA 95814.
- Addendum to the 2002 Edition (PDF)
- Remembering September 11, 2001
Books, Web sites and other resources.
Note: The following are recommended books for children and young adults. These are suggested sites and are not inclusive of all available online resources.
County Public Library Booklists
High quality booklists developed by public librarians that address many of California's curricular areas as well as recommendations for recreational reading.
- California Young Reader Medal (CYRM)
Official CYRM Website describes this California program designed to promote recreational reading and honor favorite books and authors/illustrators. Lists of current nominees and previous winners provided.
Public Library Children's Booklists
Graded reading lists from the Carnegie Public Library of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as lists from several school districts.
- Children's Reading Lists by Genre and/or Grade Level
Boston Public Library
Booklists for children and teens including summer reading lists. These annotated lists are organized by genre and provide suggestions by age levels.
York Public Library Recommended Reading
Annotated lists in a variety of categories, including a list of 100 picture books everyone should know, as well as lists highlighting books from a variety of cultures and celebrations around the world. Many of the lists are organized by suggested grade level.
- Annual Lists of Notable Children's Literature
for Library Service to Children Notable Children's Books
Annual listing of excellent children's books. This link also connects to the Newberry and Caldecott award pages as well as lists of notable recordings, videos, and software.
- International Literacy Association
Favorite books submitted by children, young adults, teachers, and librarians throughout the country. The annotated lists are published by the International Literacy Association and include Children's Choices, Teachers' Choices, and Young Adults' Choices.
Social Studies Books for Young People
Recommended social studies books evaluated and selected by a committee of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). The annotated book lists, intended for grades Kindergarten through Grade Eight, are arranged by thematic topics.
Science Trade books for Students Kindergarten through Grade Eight
Book lists selected by a committee of the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). Intended for grades Kindergarten through Grade Eight, the annotated lists are developed annually.
- Association for Library Service to Children Notable Children's Books
Questions: Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division | CFIRD@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0881
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, August 23, 2016