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More information about Recommended Literature: Pre-K-12.

The California Department of Education (CDE) coordinated the development of Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve with the assistance of teachers, library media teachers employed by schools and public libraries, administrators, curriculum planners, and parents. Thousands of selections were reviewed before the list was finalized. The titles represent various types of literature related to all curriculum disciplines. These selected titles should not be viewed as an all-inclusive list. New and exciting selections of literature become available every day. CDE will periodically review and update this list to keep it current.

The purposes of the recommended literature list are to:

  • Encourage students to read literature related to all curriculum areas and to view such reading as a worthwhile activity.
  • Help students choose quality literature to further their understanding of all curricular areas.
  • Aid parents in choosing quality literature to enhance and extend their child's understanding of all curricular areas.
  • Help school curriculum planners and teachers select and infuse literature into all classes.
  • Promote the cross-curricular connection between English language arts curriculum and all curricular areas.

The 2012 list updates and replaces earlier documents published by the California Department of Education (CDE): Recommended Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (2009), Recommended Readings in Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Eight (1996), and Recommended Literature: Grades Nine Through Twelve (1990). It also includes the previously separate lists Literature for Science and Mathematics: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (2006), and Literature for History-Social Science and Visual and Performing Arts: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (2008). The 2012 list includes more than 7,800 fully annotated titles in six languages commonly spoken by California students. This list has been updated in the following ways:

  • Appropriate contemporary titles have been added to make the list more comprehensive, expanding options for classroom teachers, librarians, and students.
  • Titles no longer in print or readily accessible in schools and libraries have been noted.
  • Titles have been selected that reflect current research and understandings in all curricular areas.
  • Among the considerations for selection of titles for this list were opportunities for augmenting standards-aligned instruction.

Some annotations were taken from Web sites such as the Association for Library Services to Children External link opens in new window or tab., the Library of Congress’ Online Catalog External link opens in new window or tab., Follett Library Resources External link opens in new window or tab. , book award-related sites, and others.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, March 20, 2015

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