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

Globalizing the K-12 Reading List
A Brief User’s Guide for the Global Reading Lists

Each grade level band includes the following lists of global books.
• Paired fiction books where Common Core text exemplars are paired with global books similar in theme and complexity.
• Paired information books where Common Core text exemplars are paired with global information books in theme and complexity.
• List of additional recommended fiction and information global books.

For each book, the following information is included, when available.
• Information related to the text complexity, Lexile level, Fountas and Pinnell level, reading level, length of the book.
• Short description of plot and major themes for each book.
• The global setting for the book and an indication if the book is translated (TR).
• NV indicates the book is a novel in verse.
• GN indicates the book is a graphic novel.

Global literature includes the following types of books.
• Any book set in a global culture outside of the U.S.
• Books may be authored by a writer from the U.S. but set in a global culture.
• Books may have first been written and published in another culture and then published in the U.S.
• Some books were first written in another language and then translated into English; those books are indicated with the designation TR under Global setting and the original language noted.

The global lists can be used in a variety of ways.
• Paired books where students read the CC text, alongside a contemporary global book that has a similar theme and complexity. Everyone reads both books and make connections across the texts.
• Half of the class can read the CC text and half read the global book, with each group discussing their book and then meeting in pairs or small groups across the two texts to make comparisons.
• Literature circles where everyone reads a CC text and then form small groups with each group reading a different thematically-related global book for discussion and comparison.
• Reading the CC text, followed by independent reading of a wide range of related global books.
• Replacing the CC text with a global book or set of global books.
• Global nonfiction books can be paired with fiction to provide informational context for the story.

K-1 book lists have a different format.
• These lists are set up around easy-to-read books, wordless books, and picturebooks due to the difficulty of locating global books that fit the complexity levels for K-1.
• Many of the global books in the Grade Level 2-3 lists are excellent read alouds for K-1.

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