Core Reading

The Academy for Enriched Sciences

Core Suggested Reading List

Grades K–1


Minarik, Else Holmelund. Little Bear

Eastman, P. D. Are You My Mother?

Seuss, Dr. Green Eggs and Ham

Lopshire, Robert. Put Me in the Zoo

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Together

Lobel, Arnold. Owl at Home

DePaola, Tomie. Pancakes for Breakfast

Arnold, Tedd. Hi! Fly Guy


Anonymous. “As I Was Going to St. Ives.”

Rossetti, Christina. “Mix a Pancake.”

Fyleman, Rose. “Singing-Time.”

Milne, A. A. “Halfway Down.”

Chute, Marchette. “Drinking Fountain.”

Hughes, Langston. “Poem.”

Ciardi, John. “Wouldn’t You?”

Wright, Richard. “Laughing Boy.”

Greenfield, Eloise. “By Myself.”

Giovanni, Nikki. “Covers.” Merriam, Eve. “It Fell in the City.”

Lopez, Alonzo. “Celebration.”

Agee, Jon. “Two Tree Toads.”

Read-Aloud Stories

Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods

Atwater, Richard and Florence. Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Jansson, Tove. Finn Family Moomintroll

Haley, Gail E. A Story, A Story

Bang, Molly. The Paper Crane

Young, Ed. Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

Garza, Carmen Lomas. Family Pictures

Mora, Pat. Tomás and the Library Lady

Henkes, Kevin. Kitten’s First Full Moon

Read-Aloud Poetry

Anonymous. “The Fox’s Foray.”

Langstaff, John. Over in the Meadow

Lear, Edward. “The Owl and the Pussycat.”

Hughes, Langston. “April Rain Song.”

Informational Texts

Bulla, Clyde Robert. A Tree Is a Plant

Aliki. My Five Senses

Hurd, Edith Thacher. Starfish

Aliki. A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver

Crews, Donald. Truck

Hoban, Tana. I Read Signs.

Reid, Mary Ebeltoft. Let’s Find Out About Ice Cream

“Garden Helpers.” National Geographic Young Explorers

“Wind Power.” National Geographic Young Explorers

Read-Aloud Informational Texts

Provensen, Alice and Martin. The Year at Maple Hill Farm

Gibbons, Gail. Fire! Fire!

Dorros, Arthur. Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean

Rauzon, Mark, and Cynthia Overbeck Bix. Water, Water Everywhere

Llewellyn, Claire. Earthworms

Jenkins, Steve, and Robin Page. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

Pfeffer, Wendy. From Seed to Pumpkin

Thomson, Sarah L. Amazing Whales!

Hodgkins, Fran, and True Kelley. How People Learned to Fly

Grades 2–3


Gannett, Ruth Stiles. My Father’s Dragon

Averill, Esther. The Fire Cat

Steig, William. Amos & Boris

Shulevitz, Uri. The Treasure

Cameron, Ann. The Stories Julian Tells

MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall

Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures

Stevens, Janet. Tops and Bottoms

LaMarche, Jim. The Raft

Rylant, Cynthia. Poppleton in Winter

Rylant, Cynthia. The Lighthouse Family: The Storm

Osborne, Mary Pope. The One-Eyed Giant

(Book One of Tales from the Odyssey)

Silverman, Erica. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa


Dickinson, Emily. “Autumn.”

Rossetti, Christina. “Who Has Seen the Wind?”

Millay, Edna St. Vincent. “Afternoon on a Hill.”

Frost, Robert. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

Field, Rachel. “Something Told the Wild Geese.”

Hughes, Langston. “Grandpa’s Stories.”

Jarrell, Randall. “A Bat Is Born.”

Giovanni, Nikki. “Knoxville, Tennessee.”

Merriam, Eve. “Weather.”

Soto, Gary. “Eating While Reading.”

Read-Aloud Stories

Kipling, Rudyard. “How the Camel Got His Hump.”

Thurber, James. The Thirteen Clocks

White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web

Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square

Babbitt, Natalie. The Search for Delicious

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy

Say, Allen. The Sign Painter

Read-Aloud Poetry

Lear, Edward. “The Jumblies.”

Browning, Robert. The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Johnson, Georgia Douglas. “Your World.”

Eliot, T. S. “The Song of the Jellicles.”

Fleischman, Paul. “Fireflies.”

Informational Texts

Aliki. A Medieval Feast

Gibbons, Gail. From Seed to Plant

Milton, Joyce. Bats: Creatures of the Night

Beeler, Selby. Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions Around the World

Leonard, Heather. Art Around the World

Ruffin, Frances E. Martin Luther King and the March on Washington

St. George, Judith. So You Want to Be President?

Einspruch, Andrew. Crittercam

Kudlinski, Kathleen V. Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs

Davies, Nicola. Bat Loves the Night

Floca, Brian. Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Thomson, Sarah L. Where Do Polar Bears Live?


Freedman, Russell. Lincoln: A Photobiography

Coles, Robert. The Story of Ruby Bridges

Wick, Walter. A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder

Smith, David J. If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People

Aliki. Ah, Music!

Mark, Jan. The Museum Book: A Guide to Strange and Wonderful Collections

D’Aluisio, Faith. What the World Eats

Arnosky, Jim. Wild Tracks! A Guide to Nature’s Footprints

Deedy, Carmen Agra. 14 Cows for America

Sample Performance Tasks for Informational Texts

Grades 4–5


Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden

Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de. The Little Prince

Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting

Singer, Isaac Bashevis. “Zlateh the Goat.”

Hamilton, Virginia. M. C. Higgins, the Great

Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy

Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon


Blake, William. “The Echoing Green.”

Lazarus, Emma. “The New Colossus.”

Thayer, Ernest Lawrence. “Casey at the Bat.”.

Dickinson, Emily. “A Bird Came Down the Walk.”

Sandburg, Carl. “Fog.”

Frost, Robert. “Dust of Snow.”

Dahl, Roald. “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.”

Nichols, Grace. “They Were My People.”

Mora, Pat. “Words Free As Confetti.”

Informational Texts

Berger, Melvin. Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet

Carlisle, Madelyn Wood. Let’s Investigate Marvelously Meaningful Maps

Lauber, Patricia. Hurricanes: Earth’s Mightiest Storms

Otfinoski, Steve. The Kid’s Guide to Money: Earning It, Saving It, Spending It, Growing It, Sharing It

Wulffson, Don. Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions

Schleichert, Elizabeth. “Good Pet, Bad Pet.”

Kavash, E. Barrie. “Ancient Mound Builders.”

Koscielniak, Bruce. About Time: A First Look at Time and Clocks

Banting, Erinn. England the Land

Hakim, Joy. A History of US

Ruurs, Margriet. My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World

Simon, Seymour. Horses

Montgomery, Sy. Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea

Simon, Seymour. Volcanoes

Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Cutler, Nellie Gonzalez. “Kenya’s Long Dry Season.”

Hall, Leslie. “Seeing Eye to Eye.”

Ronan, Colin A. “Telescopes.”

Buckmaster, Henrietta. “Underground Railroad.”

Grades 6–8

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time

Cooper, Susan. The Dark Is Rising

Yep, Laurence. Dragonwings

Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Hamilton, Virginia. “The People Could Fly.”

Paterson, Katherine. The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

Cisneros, Sandra. “Eleven.”

Sutcliff, Rosemary. Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad


Fletcher, Louise. Sorry, Wrong Number

Goodrich, Frances and Albert Hackett. The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play


Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Paul Revere’s Ride.”

Whitman, Walt. “O Captain! My Captain!”

Carroll, Lewis. “Jabberwocky.”

Navajo tradition. “Twelfth Song of Thunder.”

Dickinson, Emily. “The Railway Train.”

Yeats, William Butler. “The Song of Wandering Aengus.”

Frost, Robert. “The Road Not Taken.”

Sandburg, Carl. “Chicago.”

Hughes, Langston. “I, Too, Sing America.”

Neruda, Pablo. “The Book of Questions.”

Soto, Gary. “Oranges.”

Giovanni, Nikki. “A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long.”

Informational Texts

Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself

Churchill, Winston. “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: Address to Parliament on May 13th, 1940.”

Petry, Ann. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad

Steinbeck, John. Travels with Charley: In Search of America