Leading the Common Core Initiative
A Guide for K–5 School Librarians
by Carl A. Harvey II and Linda L. Mills
November 2014, 230pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-491-9
$50, £39, 44€, A69
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The Common Core standards are a major initiative in schools across the country. This book highlights the opportunities for librarians to be in on the ground floor of this initiative.

Defining both the Common Core Standards and the school librarian's role in their implementation, this book offers ready-to-use lesson plans and other tools for grades K–5 and identifies opportunities for collaborative teaching.

As elementary schools in nearly all 50 states are faced with meeting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), school librarians need to understand the challenges and have lesson plans ready to help. This resource introduces the CCSS in English and mathematics to K–5 librarians and aides, helping them to understand the concepts, analyzing the impact on the school library, and providing lesson plans, resources, and other tools for implementation in integrated instruction with other curricula and collaborative teaching with other elementary teachers.

Based upon the authors’ own experiences in adopting the CCSS in their school, the included exemplar lesson plans and ideas are designed to support school librarians as they begin to collaborate with teachers in using the Common Core Standards in their daily classroom instruction. The book also discusses the opportunities for advocacy that result from the librarian’s instrumental role in implementing the CCSS, both as a staff developer and a collaborative partner teacher.


  • Defines the Common Core State Standards in English and mathematics
  • Draws parallels to American Association of School Librarians (AASL) standards
  • Discusses the impact of the CCSS on specific aspects of library administration, such as policies and collection management
  • Examines how CCSS affects classroom and collaborative instruction in the library
  • Identifies opportunities for the librarian to help in staff development in the CCSS
Carl A. Harvey II is an instructor of school librarianship at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Previously, he was an elementary school librarian for 17 years in Indiana. He is a past-president of the American Association of School Librarians, Indiana Library Federation, and Association for Indiana Media Educators. His published works include Leading the Common Core Initiative: A Guide for K–5 School Librarians (coauthored with Linda Mills); The Library Media Specialist in the Writing Process (coauthored with Marge Cox and Susan Page); No School Library Left Behind: School Improvement and the Media Specialist; The 21st Century Elementary School Library Media Program; and Adult Learners: Professional Development and the School Librarian, all published by ABC-CLIO.

Linda L. Mills is the school librarian at Greensburg Elementary School, Greensburg, IN. She is a past-president of the Association for Indiana Media Educators. Her published works include articles in various school library journals, such as School Library Monthly.
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