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Great Reads for the Common Core

Welcome to Random House Children’s Books dedicated hub for educator guides designed to help teachers prepare for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Check back monthly for book lists and resources.


Common Core Resources

Browse through our complete collection of educator guides and other resources prepared by teachers and librarians to excite students about literature while incorporating the new standards.

Download our 2013 Common Core Brochure. The Text Exemplars were chosen by the Common Core State Standards Initiative Team to serve as examples of the types of texts that could be used by an educator to meet the standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.

Book List of the Month:

Celebrate Diversity
Celebrate Diversity in young people’s literature with these Random House Children’s Books titles.






Previous Featured Lists
November 2015 - Stepping Stones Classics
October 2015 – Now I’m Reading! In The Classroom
September 2015 – Riveting Middle Grade Stories
August 2015 – Dr. Seuss Library Collection
July 2015 – Pat Mckissack Sell Sheet
March 2015 - Backmatter Sell Sheet
February 2015 - Candace Fleming, a Master of Informational Text
January 2015 -  Albert Marrin, A Master of Informational Text
December 2014 - The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library
November 2014 - Rediscover Jonah Winter, a Master of Informational Text
October 2014 – Rich Treasuries for the Classroom
September 2014 – Spanish Language Titles
June 2014 – A Common Core Road Map for We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
April 2014 – Teach Civics and Citizenship
March 2014 – Celebrating Women’s History
January 2014 – Tonya Bolden
December 2013 – Spring Informational Texts
November 2013 – Step Into Reading
October 2013 – Magic Tree House Fact Trackers
September 2013 – Deborah Hopkinson

State Reading Lists

articles about books and the Common Core.