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Release: #13-37
March 18, 2013
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson
Unveils New Recommended Literature List

List includes Common Core, and College and Career Readiness materials

SACRAMENTO—To help students meet the new Common Core State Standards and prepare for a career, college, and the challenges of a changing world, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today unveiled the new Recommended Literature: Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve list.

"The books our students read help broaden their perspectives, enhance their knowledge, and fire their imaginations," Torlakson said. "This up-to-date Recommended Literature list represents a vital resource for students, teachers and parents."

The new list is a collection of more than 7,800 titles of recommended reading for children and adolescents. It has been updated with appropriate contemporary titles that reflect rich cultural diversity written over the last decade. This online list also reflects the quality and complexity of texts students should be reading both at school and outside of the classroom. Works include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama to accommodate a variety of tastes, interests, and abilities.

Visitors may search the interactive database by author, title, annotation, illustrator, translator, subject, grade span, and language. The new list updates, replaces, and incorporates three other literature lists for science and mathematics, history/social science, and visual and performing arts. Local school officials and teachers are encouraged to use this list as a resource in designing standards-based instructional programs.

The new list of selected titles covers a broad range of subjects and grade levels to help students meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English-Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects; CCSS for Mathematics; and the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards.

The CCSS with California additions are designed to help students learn step-by-step the real-world skills that prepare them for the challenges of college and careers. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education's Common Core State Standards Web page.

The College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards define the literacy expectations for students entering college and careers and provide the foundation for kindergarten through grade twelve English-language arts standards.

The Recommended Literature list was coordinated by the California Department of Education and developed with the assistance of teachers, library consultants from school and public libraries, administrators, curriculum planners, and college professors.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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