Curriculum Details: Literature

Students in all grades read a wide variety of printed material: books, magazines, newspapers, and original source material. The youngest students read nursery rhymes, traditional and adapted. Children in the primary and intermediate grades read fables and fairy tales, particularly as they relate to the social studies curricula. American tall tales are stressed in the third grade. All students read poetry, biographies, non-fiction, and plays.

A wide variety of reading material, primarily novels, is available in full classroom sets from grades one through eight. Literature and language arts lessons revolve around this reading material. Under teacher supervision, students read, discuss, write about, and do projects related to these books. In grades one through four, children are exposed to an eclectic mix of excellent children's literature. An additional focus is placed on books that relate to the students' social studies curriculum or other areas of study. In grades five through eight, the literature corresponds mainly to the social studies curricula, but also includes a variety of classic literature for young adults.

A sampling of the titles, classified by grade level, follows.

Grade 1

(Social studies curriculum: The World Around Us)

* denotes class set of books

# denotes a book that is an option to be read, but may not be read every year


· Junior Great Books* read-aloud series

· Phonics* workbook

· Scholastic News* magazine

· Daily story time of chapter books (examples: The Magic Tree House series, books by Roald Dahl, The Little Prince)


 Welcome to First Grade! reading

o Morris Goes to School

o When Kangaroo Goes to School

o Never Ride an Elephant to School

· Social Studies Connections: Books about names

o Chrysanthemum

o Andy, Thats My Name

o My Name is Johari

· Social Studies Connections: Books about the world

o What a Wonderful World*#

o Me on the Map

o My Global Address

· Robert McCloskey books

o Blueberries for Sal*

o Make Way for Ducklings*

· Science Connections: Books about plants

o How the Forest Grew*#

o Planting a Rainbow*

o The Tiny Seed

o From Seed to Sunflower

· Science/Math Connections: Books about Ladybugs

o Ladybug Life Cycle

o Little Buggy

o Spotted Beetles

o Ladybug on the Move

o Are You a Ladybug?

o The Very Lazy Ladybug

o The Grouchy Ladybug


· Social Studies Connections: Books about Homes

o This is My House*

o A House is a House For Me*

o The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig*

o The Little House

o A House for Hermit Crab

· Social Studies Connections: Books about Columbus

o In 1492

o Christopher Columbus

· Science/Math Connections: Books about Pumpkins

o A Day at the Pumpkin Patch

o Pumpkin Circle

o Pumpkins by Ray (fiction)

o Pumpkins by Gibbons (nonfiction)

o Pumpkin Jack

o How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

· Halloween Books


· Science Connections: Books about Plants

o Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

o Autumn Leaves

o A Tree for All Seasons

· Social Studies Connections: Books about North America

o The Goat in the Rug*

o The Three Little Javelinas* (fiction)

o Dont Call Me Pig: A Javelinas Story

o The Pig That is Not a Pig (nonfiction)

o Boreguita and the Coyote*#

o The Chalk Doll*#

o The Legend of the Bluebonnet*#

o Diego*#

o The Pilgrims First Thanksgiving*

o Whale in the Sky

· Writing Connections: Books about Letter Writing

o Toot and Puddle

o Splat Says Thank You

o Frog and Toad (“The Letter)

o The Post Office Book (nonfiction)

o The Jolly Postman

o Millie Waits for the Mail


· Flat Stanley (first chapter book)*

· Books by Felicia Bond including

o If You Give a Mouse a Cookie#

o If You Give a Pig a Pancake#

o If You Give a Cat a Cupcake#

· Social Studies Connections: Books about South America

o Sailing to the Galapagos

o The Great Kapok Tree*

o Rainforest Secrets*

o Rainforest (big book)

o If I Ran the Rainforest

o On the Pampas

o The Lost City: Machu Picchu

· Science Connections: Books about Matter

o Hot Air Henry

o What is the World Made Of?

· Winter Holiday Books


· Social Studies Connections: Books about Europe

o A New Coat for Anna*

o The Mysterious Giant of Barletta*

o The Story of Ferdinand*

o Jack and the Beanstalk*#

o Sleeping Ugly#

o Postcards from Russia

o The Littlest Matryoshka

o Angus in Paris

o East O the Sun and West O the Moon

o Various Grimm fairy tales#

· Science Connections: Books about Earth Materials

o Diary of a Worm

o Hill of Fire*

o Volcanoes

o Pedros Rocks

· Books about Martin Luther King Jr:

o Martins Big Words

o Martin Luther King

· Books about Friendship

o Im Not Oscars Friend Anymore*

o Dont Squeal Unless Its a Big Deal#

o Frog and Toad Together

o A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue#


· Books about Friendship

o Esio Trot*

o The Enormous Crocodile*#

o No Fighting, No Biting*#

o Frog and Toad are Friends*#

o Amos and Boris*#

o The Hundred Dresses*#

· Social Studies Connections: Books about Africa

o Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock*

o Anansi and the Talking Melon

o Anansi and the Magic Stick

o Galimoto*

o It Takes a Village*#

o The Egyptian Cinderella*#

o Kofi and His Magic

o Bill and Pete

o Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile

· Social Studies Connections: Books about Abraham Lincoln

o Abe Lincolns Hat

o Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books

· Science Connections: Books about Earth Materials

o Rocks in His Head

o When Clay Sings

o If You Find a Rock

o If You Are a Hunter of Fossils

o A Dinosaur Named Sue

o When Dinosaurs Came With Everything

o Boy Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs

· Math Connections: Books about 100

o G is for Googol (sections therein)

o Ready Freddy The Hundredth Day of School

o Emilys First 100 Days of School

o One Hundred Hungry Ants

o One Hundred Days of School

o 100th Day Worries

o The Very Rich Lady and the One Hundred Dogs


· Social Studies Connections: Books about Asia

o A Ticket to India

o The Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India

o A Grain of Rice*

o One Grain of Rice

o I Live in Tokyo

o A Carp for Kimiko

o Crow Boy*

o The Firekeepers Son

o Ming Lo Moves the Mountain*

o The Seven Chinese Brothers*

o The Chinese Mirror*#

o The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks*#

· Books About Inclusion

o We Are Alike, We Are Different

o Imogenes Antlers

o The Sneetches

o Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed#

o The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo*#

· Math Connections: Books about Geometry

o Grandfather Tangs Story

o Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry#


· Miss Rumphius *(connection to Earth Day)

· Science Connections: Books about Eggs and Chicks

o First the Egg

o The Hen Cant Help It

o Chick: Watch Me Grow

o Tillie Lays an Egg

o Chickens Arent the Only Ones

o Chicken Big

o The Chicken Sisters

o The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

o Chick Life Cycle*

· Social Studies Connections: Books about Australia

o Possum Magic*

o Top to Bottom Down Under

o My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch

o Marsupial Sue

o Big Rain Coming

o The Sign of the Seahorse

o Here is the Coral Reef

o Edward the Emu

o Edwina the Emu

o Punga the Goddess of Ugly


· Social Studies Connections: Books about Antarctica

o A Tale of Antarctica*

o Pinkie Leaves Home

o Without You

o Penguins

o Trapped by the Ice

o Antarctica: A True Book

· Science Connections: Books About Insects

o A Butterfly is Patient

o The Butterfly Counting Book

o Animal Defenses

o Monarch and Milkweed

o The Very Hungry Caterpillar

o Butterfly House

o Busy Honeybees#

· Math Connections: Books about Fractions and Measurement

o Eating Fractions*

o Fractions

o How Long is a Foot?

· Chapter Book Chosen from the following:

o The Chocolate Touch*#

o Catwings*#

o Catwings Return*#

o The Mouse and the Motorcycle*#

o A Bear Called Paddington*#

o The Whipping Boy*#


· Writing Connections: Poetry

o Something Big Has Been Here*

o I Cant Said the Ant*#

· Social Studies Connection:

o My Granny Went to Market, A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme

o The Long Way to a New Land*#

o The Long Way Westward*#

o Changs Paper Pony*#

Other Class Collections of Books Available

· The Drinking Gourd*#

· Corduroy*#

· Nate the Great*#

· Nate the Great and the Phony Clue*#

Grade 2

(Social studies curriculum: Chicago and Illinois)

Dear Mr. Henshaw

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


Ramona Quimby Age 8

Ramona The Pest

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears 

Arrow to the Sun 

The Cloud Book

Molly's Pilgrim 

Sarah, Plain and Tall 

Dakota Dugout

Magic School Bus: At the Water Works 

On the Banks of Plum Creek 

The Velveteen Rabbit

Aesop's Fables 

Arnold Lobel's Fables

Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth

Grade 3

(Social studies curriculum: United States)

Anchor Novels and Satellite Texts

A Toad for Tuesday 

Fair Weather 

Mr. Tucket Behind Rebel Lines

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio 

A Wrinkle in Time

Bud, Not Buddy 

On the Wings of Heroes

Jim and the Beanstalk

The Greedy Triangle 

A Bargain for Francis

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt 

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Coyote Steals the Blanket 

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky

Meet Addy 

Math Talk: Mathematical Ideas in Poems

Two Greedy Bears 

The Chinese Mirror

On the Mountains of Tibet 

Caps for Sale

Ira Sleeps Over 

The Widow
s Broom


The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body

American Lives: Patrick Henry 

American Lives: John Adams

American Lives: Ben Franklin 

My Name is York

Lewis and Clark, Explorers of the American West 

The Stonecutter

A More Perfect Union Purple, Green, and Yellow

Baseball Saved Us Heroes

A Cloak for a Dreamer 

Two Bad Ants

How the Government Works A New True Book: The Supreme Court

A New True Book: Congress 

A New True Book: The Bill of Rights

The Boy of the Three Year Nap 

Dance of the Sacred Circle

Nine for California 

The Number on my Grandfathers Arm

Mr. Peabody
s Apples 

The Empty Pot

The Other Side The Bracelet


Grade 4

(Social studies curriculum: Western Hemisphere)

Because of Winn-Dixie 

Kira Kira 

A Suitcase Full of Seaweed

Love That Dog 

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 

Chasing Vermeer

Clarice Bean Spells Trouble 

The Mixed Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler

Ongoing: Junior Great Books
               Time for Kids
               Science World

Grade 5

(Social studies curriculum: Eastern Hemisphere)

-Number the Stars
-Red Scarf Girl
-Maniac Magee
-Animal Farm

Junior Great Books, Book 5

Grade 6

(Social studies curriculum: Pre-history through the Renaissance)

A Bone from a Dry Sea 

 Touching Spirit Bear 

 An Introduction to Shakespeare

Romeo & Juliet 

 Julius Caesar 

 A Midsummer Nights Dream

Catherine Called Birdy 

 The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen

Mythology Tales from World Epics

Grade 7

(Social studies curriculum: United States history: Pre-Colonial through the Civil War)


“Sir Patrick Spens”

“Edward, Edward”

“Western Wind”

“They Flee from Me That Sometime Did Me Seek”Sir Thomas Wyatt

“With How Sad Steps, O Moon, Thou Climb’st the Skies!”Sir Philip Sidney

“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”Christopher Marlowe

“The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”Sir Walter Raleigh

“Fear No More the Heat o’ the Sun”William Shakespeare

“When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought”William Shakespeare

“Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds”William Shakespeare

“Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”William Shakespeare

“The Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame”William Shakespeare

“That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold”William Shakespeare

“When Icicles Hang by the Wall”William Shakespeare

“Death, Be Not Proud”John Donne

“Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God”John Donne

“At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners”John Donne

“The Good Morrow”John Donne

“The Sun Rising”John Donne

“A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”John Donne

“Go and Catch a Falling Star”John Donne

“On My First Son”Ben Jonson

“Song: To Celia”Ben Jonson

“Still To Be Neat”Ben Jonson

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”Robert Herrick

“Upon Julia’s Clothes”Robert Herrick

“Delight in Disorder”Robert Herrick

“Love III”George Herbert

“The Pulley”George Herbert

“Virtue”George Herbert

“Ask Me No More Where Jove Bestows”Thomas Carew

“Go, Lovely Rose”Edmund Waller

“Lycidas”John Milton

“Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover?”Sir John Suckling

“To Lucasta, Going to the Wars”Richard Lovelace

“To Althea, from Prison”Richard Lovelace

“To His Coy Mistress”Andrew Marvell

“The Garden”Andrew Marvell

“The Retreat”Henry Vaughan

“Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”Thomas Gray

“Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes”Thomas Gray

“The Tyger”William Blake

“London”William Blake

“And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time”William Blake

“The Lamb”William Blake

“Auguries of Innocence”William Blake

“A Red, Red Rose”Robert Burns

“She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways”William Wordsworth

“The World Is Too Much with Us”William Wordsworth

“The Solitary Reaper”William Wordsworth


“The Fall of the House of Usher”Edgar Allan Poe

“Young Goodman Brown”Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”Edgar Allan Poe

“Rip van Winkle”Washington Irving

“The Pit and the Pendulum”Edgar Allan Poe

“The Minister’s Black Veil”Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The Masque of the Red Death”Edgar Allan Poe

“Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The Black Cat”Edgar Allan Poe

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”Washington Irving

“The Gold-Bug”Edgar Allan Poe

“Rappaccini’s Daughter”Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The Purloined Letter”Edgar Allan Poe

“The Devil and Tom Walker”Washington Irving

“Hop-Frog”Edgar Allan Poe

“The Birthmark”Nathaniel Hawthorne


“Are you a fair and just person?”Plato

“How do you know who your friends are?”Aristotle

“Should you be rewarded for your efforts in school?Confucius

“Should you let little things bother you?”Marcus Aurelius

“Is it your duty to give to charity?”Moses Maimonides

“Will having fun make you happier than studying?”John Stuart Mill

“Should you ever tell a lie?”Immanuel Kant

“Are there times when you should be violent?”Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Do you sometimes feel weird when you are with others?”Simone de Beauvoir

“Do we control technology or does technology control us?”Martin Heidegger

“How do you know for certain that things move?”Zeno

“What makes something you say true?”Aristotle

“Can you doubt that you exist?”Rene Descartes

“Does a tree make a sound if it falls in a forest with no one around?”George Bishop Berkeley

“Are you certain that the law of gravity is really a law?”David Hume

“How can you tell when you know something?”Immanuel Kant

“Can another person understand your feelings?”Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Can you lie to yourself?”Jean-Paul Sartre

“Do you perceive things as they are or only as they seem to be?”Bertrand Russell

“Can computers think?”Daniel Dennett


“There Will Come Soft Rains”Ray Bradbury

“Our Fair City”Robert Heinlein

“The Last Question”Isaac Asimov

“Superiority”Arthur C. Clarke

“The Veldt”Ray Bradbury

“The Man Who Travelled in Elephants”Robert Heinlein

“Robot Dreams”Isaac Asimov

“The Sentinel”Arthur C. Clarke

“The Fog Horn”Ray Bradbury

“All You Zombies”Robert Heinlein

“Eyes Do More than See”Isaac Asimov

“The Nine Billion Names of God”Arthur C. Clarke

“A Sound of Thunder”Ray Bradbury

“And He Built a Crooked House”Robert Heinlein

“The Fun They Had”Isaac Asimov

“The Star’’Arthur C. Clarke


“The Country of the Blind”H.G. Wells

“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”Mark Twain

“The Real Thing” Henry James

“Two Friends”Guy de Maupassant

“The Peasant Marey”Fyodor Dostoyevski

“How Much Land Does a Man Need?”Leo Tolstoy

“The Bet”Anton Chekhov

“Twenty-Six and One”Maxim Gorky

“The Christmas Tree and the Wedding”Fyodor Dostoyevski

“Alyosha the Pot”Leo Tolstoy

“Rothschild’s Fiddle”Anton Chekhov

“Three Deaths”Leo Tolstoy

Grade 8

(Social Studies curriculum: United States history: Reconstruction through the present)


“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”Ernest Hemingway

“Hills like White Elephants”Ernest Hemingway

“Indian Camp”Ernest Hemingway

“The Doll’s House”Katherine Mansfield

“A Hunger Artist”Franz Kafka

“The Lottery”Shirley Jackson

“A Good Man is Hard to Find”Flannery O’Connor

“I Stand Here Ironing”Tillie Olsen

“The Lottery in Babylon”Jorge Luis Borges

“The Aleph”Jorge Luis Borges


“A Marriage Proposal”Anton Chekhov

“The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden”Thornton Wilder

“The Bald Soprano”Eugene Ionesco

“What Where”Samuel Beckett

“The Zoo Story”Edward Albee


The Catcher in the RyeJ.D. Salinger

Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding

Fahrenheit 451Ray Bradbury

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMark Haddon

SpeakLaurie Halse Anderson

Looking for AlaskaJohn Green

The Perks of Being a WallflowerStephen Chbosky