Globalizing K-12 Reading Lists of Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Our students live in a global world. The opportunities we offer through literature in our classrooms can invite them into the richness of cultural diversity and global communities. To globalize the text exemplar lists included in standards documents that guide instruction in many states and countries, we developed global book lists of fiction and nonfiction books organized by grade level bands and measures of complexity. These lists include books paired by theme and complexity with the exemplars from Common Core standards as well as lists of additional recommended global books. We are updating these lists on an annual basis to include new books and to remove books that are out of print. Our goal is to provide a valuable resource for educators searching for books they can access to globalize their classrooms and libraries.

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Worlds of Words created this project with funding from CERCLL.

Table of Contents
Globalizing the K-12 Reading List: A Brief User’s Guide for the Global Reading Lists
Globalizing Text Exemplar Lists: Globalizing Reading Lists
Grade K-1 Global Lists
Grade 2-3 Global Lists
Grade 4-5 Global Lists
Grade 6-8 Global Lists
Grade 9-10 Global Lists
Grade 11-12 Global Lists
Other Global Lists

Updated July 2020.

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