Common Core Galore

Today is Common Core day!

Why?  Well first of if you head over to the ALSC Blog you can read my post on how you can use Graphic Novels to increase exploration of your Non-Fiction collection.  And for those of you that are feeling the heat with regards to STEAM and Common Core practices, this could be a great thing.

Also, because I finally got around to posting my booklists from this past summer.  I’m hoping to getting around to posting the curriculums I designed- I just need to make sure they aren’t proprietary in anyway.

This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern at the New York Public Library in their Public Programs and Lifelong Learning office.  I wore many hats there, and one in particular I wore was curriculum and booklist developer for a new program the office was piloting entitled Outside School Time Programming.  Without getting too much into the logistics of everything, as a team we developed themes that could relate back to the 10 standards of the Common Core, and wrote fun programming around them.  I then took these topics and ran with their general themes and created booklists.  While the program has expanded to include more age groups, the booklists I have shared are intended for grades 1-5.

These are not your typical booklists either.  There are no descriptions, and each category is broken down into even more specific categories. Additionally, there are no specified age groups and the lists are longer than one page.

A quick point about the age range thing.  I try to avoid putting ages on things at all costs, but I understand that people need a benchmark.  That’s why, if I ever put an age/grade level to anything, it’s always one number and a plus sign.  Meaning that this work is intended for anyone at least in this grade.  I don’t ever want a kid to feel embarrassed or unsure of what they are reading because they may be “too old” for it.

Okay, back to the booklists.  So, I feel like I created more, but right now all I can find are the four on the page-if I find more, I’ll let you know but the four up right now are: Visual Arts , PoetrySpies/Mysteries, and finally, Perilous Journeys.

Perilous Journeys was one of my all-time favorite things to work on, because I had the freedom to get creative.  There are books on many types of journeys: Animal Migration, Civil Rights, Immigration, Space Exploration, Myths, the Hero’s Journey, and even Explorers.  In creating this list, I wanted kids (and the educators) to see how such a broad theme could connect to some many different stories.

Feel free to explore the booklists by either clicking the embedded links above, or the “Booklists Galore!” button on the menu on the right.  I hope that these books can provide you with your own inspiration for booklists, programming, story hours, whatever it may be!

To view the NYPL’s 2013 Summer Reading Books that inspired my lists, click here.


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