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In the latest online American Libraries, there is an article about Common Core and using more non-fiction in storytimes. Some of the titles that the author (a children services manager) recommends are Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert, any titles by April Pulley Sayre, Bob Barner and Gail Gibbons, and the Pebble Plus series by Capstone for the pre-schoolers.

For the elementary school crowd, titles by Steve Jenkins are great — I always bring one when we visit the schools, the kids love the facts contained in books like Actual Size and Down, Down, Down: a Journey to the Bottom of the SeaNick Bishop’s Snakes, Frogs and Lizards contain amazing photographs as well as information. Also recommended is David Schwartz’s How Much is a Million? for fun facts about large numbers, as well as Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy, for ideas about inventions.

To me, it seems that the bottom line with Common Core is for the kids to read more non-fiction, and all the “rules” just endorse this aspect

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