Common Core State & National Content Standards

Included here are a listing of books that support the Common Core Standards and also the National Content Standards. Keep in mind this is not an all-inclusive list of titles. These individual titles serve as exemplar titles, i.e. examples and samples of titles for use as a guideline comparison.

  • Bibliographies of Books
  • General Information
  • Teacher Resources
  • Websites

Bibliographies of Books

ERC PROF BK Z5301 .D47 2016 Check Availability
Deskins, L. & Dorr, C.H. (2016). Linking picture book biographies to National Content Standards. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
Over 200 biographies are mentioned that related to Art, Science and Social Studies Content Standards, listed under that standard. Professional.

ERC PROF BK Z1037 .C734 2014 Check Availability
Sutton, R. & Grabarek, D. (2014). The Common Core in grades 4-6 (Clasroom Go-To-Guides series). New York: School Library Journal.
This comprehensive tool will help teachers, librarians and parents recommend exemplary titles for use in the classroom, arranged by subject. Professional.

General Information

ERC PROF BK LB176 .B423 2013 Check Availability
Beers, K. (2013). Notice & note: strategies for close reading. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Examine the new emphasis on text-dependent questions, rigor, text complexity, and what it means to be literate in the 21st century. Identify six signposts that help readers notice significant moments in a work of literature, provide 6 text-dependent anchor questions that help readers take note and read more closely, and offer 6 Notice and Note model lessons. Professional.

ERC PROF BK LB3060.83 .C36 2012 Check Availability
Calkins, L. (2012). Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating achievement. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
An introduction to and explanation of what the Common Core State Standards are and why they matter. Professional.

ERC PROF BK LB1573.7 .F56 2012 Check Availability
Fisher, D. (2012). Text complexity: Raising rigor in reading. Newark, DE: IRA.
Learn about he quantitative and qualitative factors of text complexity as well as the ways in which readers can be matched with texts and tasks. Professional.

ERC PROF BK PE1417 .H495 2011 Check Availability
Hillocks, G. (2011). Teaching argument writing: Supporting claims with relevant evidence and clear reasoning, grades 6-12. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Designed for middle and high school students, the activities in this book will enable students to write strong arguments and evaluate the arguments of others. Professional.

ERC PROF BK PN59 .J34 2011 Check Availability
Jago, C. (2011). With rigor for all: Meeting Common Core Standards for reading literature, grades 6-12, 2nd ed. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Learn to create an individually designed curriculum in which students read literary works of comparable quality, complexity, and range and enjoy doing it. Professional.

ERC PROF BK LB1576 .L3756 2012 Check Availability
Lehman, C. (2012). Energize research reading & writing: Fresh strategies to spark interest, develop independence, and meet key common core standards, grades 4-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Successful strategies to make research reading and writing real and motivating for students. Professional.

ERC PROF BK PE1128 .A2 Z84 2014 Check Availability
Zwiers, J, O'Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2014). Common core standards in diverse classrooms: Essential practices for developing academic language and disciplinary literacy. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.
This describes seven research-based practices for developing complex language and literacy skills across grade levels and disciplines. Professional.

Teacher Resources

ERC PROF BK Z1037 .C74 2014 Check Availability
The Common Core in grades K-3. (2014). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
This guide offers recommendations of exemplary titles for use in the classroom; all books published since 2007 and recommended by professional reviewers. Professional.


Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Website for CCSS, this hosts the Language Arts and Mathematics CCSS. Professional.