Explore the Core: Book suggestions with guides aligned to the Common Core

The Skull in the Rock
The Skull in the Rock How A Scientist, A Boy, and Google Earth Opened A New Window on Human Origins By Aronson, Marc (Book - 2012 ) JNF 569.9 1/2015 Available in some locations
Tracking Trash
Tracking Trash Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion By Burns, Loree Griffin (Book - 2007 ) J551.46 BURNS Available in some locations
Moonbird A Year on the Wind With the Great Survivor B95 By Hoose, Phillip M. (Book - 2012 ) J598.0723 HOOSE Available in some locations
Martin's Big Words
Martin's Big Words The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr By Rappaport, Doreen (Book - 2001 ) P Rappapo Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 109 copies
Bomb The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon By Sheinkin, Steve (Book - 2012 ) On Order Available in some locations


The Common Core is a set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level so that they will ultimately be prepared to enter college and prepare for a career. Developing a mastery of reading bolsters many Common Core skills including vocabulary, comprehension, inference and critical thinking. In addition, the subject matter in many excellent trade books fits topics being taught in schools. Here are some selections with links to helpful guides to using the books with Common Core standards.

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