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September 2014

September 2014 Issue
Classroom Star

Common Core Resources

Common Core State Standards: Printable Resources from Booklist Publications

Welcome to Booklist Publications’ home for Common Core State Standards resources. Below you’ll find links to Common Core–related material from Booklist and Book Links magazines, Quick Tips e-newsletter, and Booklist Online, including our Bookends blog. A new educational initiative brings enormous challenges for everyone, especially the teachers and librarians charged with summoning the energy and creativity required to implement the changes. We hope our coverage, including suggestions for linking individual titles with specific standards, will help educators address these new directives while extending our mission: to get the best books for children into the classroom and into the hands of students. As always, your feedback is essential. How can we better support you? Let us know.

Gillian Engberg, Editorial Director, Books for Youth, Booklist Publications

Book Links: Connecting Books, Libraries, and Classrooms


 The following articles with Common Core Connections originally appeared in Book Links magazine. View each as a page on Booklist Online or download the reproducible PDF.

Classroom Connections: A Culture of Kindness [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Poetry and Social Justice [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Susan Goldman Rubin [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Meg Medina [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Tanya Lee Stone [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Westward by Wagon [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Nursery Rhymes for All Ages [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Got Grammar? [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Nonfiction Monday Meets Poetry Friday [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Audiobooks and the Common Core [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Susan Cooper [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Laura Vaccaro Seeger [PDF]

Classroom Connections: African American Trailblazers [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Exploring Japan [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Jorge Argueta [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Walter Dean Myers [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Mitali Perkins [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Phillip Hoose [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with David Macaulay [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Forces and Motion [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Connecting Science and Poetry [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Scientists at Work [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Inquiring Minds [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Melissa Sweet [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Steve Sheinkin [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Carmen T. Bernier-Grand [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Kate Banks [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Elementary Economics [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Transplanted: Stories of Refugee Children [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Caldecott Medal Winners as Mentor Texts [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Graphic Novels for Beginning Readers [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Gerald Morris [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Let's Read Short Shorts [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Take Five for Poetry [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Multiracial Characters [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Outsider Artists [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Caldecott in the Classroom: Multicultural Tales [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Jan Greenberg [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Caldecott in the Classroom: The Art of Picture Books [PDF]

Classroom Connections: The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Caldecott in Black and White [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Caldecott in the Classroom: Caldecott Biographies [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Exploring Ancient China [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Informational Texts and the Common Core [PDF]

Classroom Connection: Whoo’s Up at Night [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Busy Bees [PDF]

Classroom Connection: Talking Trash [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Taking Flight [PDF]

Books and Authors: Talking with Rand Burkert and Nancy Ekholm Burkert [PDF]

Classroom Connections: Preparing Preschoolers for the Common Core [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard

In this regular column, published in Booklist and reprinted in Quick Tips, Common Core expert Julie Green suggests book-based activities for implementing a single standard through the grade levels. View each as a page on Booklist Online or download the reproducible PDF.

Unpacking a Standard: With Mysteries [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: With Biographies [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: With Black History Resources [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Connecting Science and the Standards [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Series Nonfiction and the Common Core [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Back to School with CCSS [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Exploring Diversity with the Common Core State Standards [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Series Nonfiction and the Common Core [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Connecting with Classics [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Standout Science Titles and the Common Core State Standards [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Summer Reading and the Common Core State Standards [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Poetry and the Common Core State Standards [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Folktales, Fairy Tales, and the Common Core State Standards [PDF]

Unpacking a Standard: Explore Black History Month with Common Core State Standards [PDF]

Booklist Webinars

Booklist will continue to cover the CCSS with free webinars that add opportunities to hear educators, publishers, and other experts weigh in on the challenges of implementing the standards and offer practical tips for implementing them with new books for youth. Free archives of recent Common Core–related webinars are available on the Booklist webinar page, along with registration links for upcoming programs.

Archived presentations:

Open the Door to the Common Core

Unpacking the Common Core

New Resources for the Common Core

New Common Core Connections

Common Core & More: Surprising Reasons to Go Graphic

Common Core State Standards: Getting Ready for K–8 Research

Common Core Opportunities for Librarians: Strategies for Leading the Way


Lynn Rutan and Cindy Dobrez, middle-school librarians and longtime Booklist contributors, offer terrific titles for Common Core connections.

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum

Firefly July selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Handle with Care by Loree Griffin Burns

Babe Conquers the World by Rich and Sandra Neil Wallce

George Washington's Rules to Live By by K. M. Kostyal

The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins

Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss

What the Heart Knows by Joyce Sidman

Fourth Down and Inches by Carla Killough McClafferty

Give Me a 001

"The President Has Been Shot!" by James L. Swanson

When the Beat Was Born by Laban Carrick Hill

Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

Maps By Mizielinska...and Musings

Digger Dozer Dumper by Hope Vestergaard

Things That Float and Things That Don't by David A. Adler

Boxers & Saints by Gene Yuen Lang

Frogs Everywhere

The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb

One + One = Two New Math Picture Books

Imprisoned by Martin W. Sandler

Eruption! By Elizabeth Rusch

Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball

Batter Up!

Diego Rivera by Susan Goldmab Rubin

Celebrating Curiosity

Henry Knox, A Boston Hero

Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate

The Price of Freedom by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis B. Fradin

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone

Queen of the Track by Heather Lang

Noah Webster His Words, by Jeri Chase Ferris

Eye On The Wild Series

The Second Life of Abigail Walker, by Frances Oroark Dowell

City Chickens, by Christine Hepperman

Jump! by Scott M. Fischer

The Skull in the Rock, by Lee R. Berger & Marc Aronson

Mousterpiece, by Jane Breskin Zalben

Lost and Found, by Bill Harley

Beyond Courage, by Doreen Rappaport

Rudolph in the Dark

A Fleet of New Science Fiction

The Giant and How He Humbugged America, by Jim Murphy

Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs, by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen

The Amazing Harry Kellar, by Gail Jarrow

Dogs on Duty, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur, by Judy Sierra

Scientific Rivalries and Scandals

Keeping the Castle, by Patrice Kindl

The Tooth Mouse, by Susan Hood

Monsieur Marceau, by Leda Schubert

The Mighty Mars Rovers, by Elizabeth Rusch

Moonbird, by Phillip Hoose

Ocean Sunlight, by Molly Bang

Making Those Common Core Connections

Bomb, by Steve Sheinkin

Invincible Microbe, by Jim Murphy

Temple Grandin, by Sy Montgomery

Bird Talk, by Lita Judge

Two Delicious Books about Julia Child

Master of Deceit, by Marc Aronson

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda, by Alicia Potter

Water Sings Blue, by Kate Coombs

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Seeing Symmetry, by Loreen Leedy

Invincible Microbe, by Jim Murphy


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