Integrating Children's Literature through the Common Core State Standards
by Rachel L. Wadham and Terrell A. Young
July 2015, 179pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-608-1
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This important guide demonstrates how children’s literature can be connected to the CCSS to encourage innovation and engagement as part of the teaching and learning process.

Implementation of the Common Core State Standards with the integration of children's literature can transform teaching and learning into a holistic and engaging experience.

Tackling nearly every aspect of the English Language Arts Standards and the measures they employ, it offers a thorough plan for engaging elementary school students with literature. It explores the benefits and teaching principles behind CCSS, and explains how to apply them to literature. Along with the strengths it has in connection to CCSS, you will learn about the history of children’s literature and what both fiction and nonfiction bring to the classroom.

You will find plenty of practical applications of the CCSS, including book lists and lesson ideas, along with thorough examples. There is also a wealth of information on the kinds of readers you will encounter and explanations of how to meet their needs. A final section focuses on creating a curriculum, connecting the theory throughout the book with concrete lessons plans and units that cover the main CCSS skill sets.


  • Offers an easy-to-understand explanation of the CCSS
  • Defines and explains the CCSS three-prong approach to text complexity
  • Provides usable lesson and unit plans
  • Explains how to use children's literature as a primary tool for implementing the CCSS
Rachel L. Wadham, MLS, MEd, is the education and juvenile collections librarian at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's This Is My Life: A Guide to Realistic Fiction for Teens and Integrating Young Adult Literature through the Common Core State Standards. Wadham holds a master's of library science degree from University of North Texas and a master's of education from Pennsylvania State University.

Terrell A. Young, EdD, is professor of education, with an emphasis in literacy and children's literature at the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. He previously taught elementary school in Wyoming. He has also taught at the University of Texas-Arlington and at Washington State University. He holds a master's degree from Utah State and a doctorate of education from BYU.


"This book is highly recommended for every K-6 teacher but will be especially valuable to those educators who want to maximize their students’ achievement of Core standards."—ARBA, September 8, 2016
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