Thursday, October 18, 2012

Common Core Reading Suggestions for K-5

Cooperative Children's Book Center Recommends K-5 Books About History to Encourage Critical Reading and Writing

Librarians Megan Schliesman and Merri V. Lindgren of the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have published an article on the CCBC website titled "Between Fact and Fiction: Selected K-5 Books about History to Encourage Critical Reading/Thinking" recommending that teachers look to creative non-fiction books when working with Common Core Standards. Here is an excerpt:

The new Common Core Standards emphasize the importance of informational, non-fiction texts from the earliest grades. But many books for elementary-age children related to history fall into the genre of creative non-fiction--authors and illustrators take some degree of artistic license as they interpret real events and lives for young audiences.

We believe books like these present teachers and librarians with a tremendous opportunity. In today’s web-connected, social media world, children are exposed to information—and misinformation—at a younger and younger age. Teaching them to becoming critical readers and consumers of information has become more important than ever. 

To read the entire article and review its accompanying list of book recommendations, click here.