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The Common Core: Mathematics

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics have been adopted by 45 states...

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The Common Core: English Language Arts

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) have been...

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The Benefits of Bedtime Stories

New studies highlight the importance of reading to children from birth.

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English Class in the Common Core Era

Fiction and nonfiction pairings are now more common in ELA classrooms.

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State Teachers of the Year Survey

The 2015 Teachers of the Year weigh in on independent reading.

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Books to Read at Home

Reading at home with your children helps them succeed in school and life. Here are some of our favorite titles, available in the Scholastic Store.

Grade 1

  • Tedd Arnold

    A fly flits around, looking for a tasty, slimy treat to eat.

  • Jane Yolen

    Ten dinosaur children tell you how they say good night.

  • Harry Bliss

    Meet Bailey, a dog who surprises and charms his human classmates with his irrepressible antics.

  • Robie H. Harris

    As the frantic search for a missing book takes off, all sorts of horrifying thoughts come to mind.

  • David Shannon

    A mischievous toddler is scolded for wreaking havoc, but his antics underline the love parents have for their children--even when they misbehave.

  • Lauren Thompson

    A polar bear cub crawls from the warmth of her mother's den into the Arctic night.

  • Andrea Pinnington

    Through facts and photos, kids learn about the little creatures they love.

  • Leonid Gore

    One by one, different animals find a mysterious object and transform it into whatever they need it to be.

  • Stephen Savage

    Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside world in this wordless picture book.

  • Chris Raschka

    An African-American boy and a white boy meet on the street. Their one- and two-word exchanges lead to a tentative offer of friendship.

Grade 2

  • David Shannon

    After refusing to eat her lima beans, Camilla finds herself covered with stripes—which will only go away when she learns to be herself.

  • Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    It's not easy being seen. Especially when you're NOT like everyone else. Especially when what sets you apart is YOU.

  • David Lubar

    When Ed finds a mysterious coin, strange things start happening, and he realizes there's more to this coin than meets the eye.

  • Nic Bishop

    Cool and quirky facts about spiders accompany up-close photographs that show their beauty.

  • Craig Hatkoff

    The true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.

  • Dav Pilkey

    A lonely mouse befriends a giant robot, takes on the school bullies and saves the city from an evil rat scientist.

  • Sharon Robinson

    When Jackie Robinson and his family move to Connecticut, a lake becomes a source of fun—and the scene of a dramatic episode.

  • Dav Pilkey

    A boy and his dog savor the early morning silence as they deliver newspapers.

  • Robert Coles

    When 6-year-old Ruby attends an all-white school, she must face angry parents who don't want to send their children to school with her.

  • Molly Bang

    Everybody gets angry sometimes. What does Sophie do when she gets really, really angry?

Grade 3

  • Ellen Levine

    Henry Brown dreams about freedom from slavery, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work.

  • Shana Corey

    Born into a family of pathfinders, Daisy loves the outdoors and yearns for adventure. She also wants to make a difference.

  • David Shannon

    A dictator declares baseball illegal, and once-happy citizens fall into a routine of ice, snow, factory life and drudgery.

  • Kate Messner

    When her teacher casts her as the princess in the class play, Marty comes up with a plan of her own for a one-of-a-kind performance.

  • Penelope Arlon

    Breathtaking images and interviews with paleontologists help kids explore the history of dinosaurs.

  • Jeffrey Brown

    The adventures of Roan after he is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot Academy

  • A.J. Lieberman

    A group of orphans search for a new home among the stars.

  • Jerry Spinelli

    Third grader George (a.k.a. "Suds") is determined to be the first student awarded "the halo."

  • Jon J Muth

    Three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales.

Grade 4

Grade 5

  • Wendy Mass

    Amanda is relieved when her birthday is over. But she wakes up the next day to find that it might not be over after all.

  • Blue Balliett

    When a book of unexplainable events brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen, and they must solve a crime.

  • Kathryn Lasky

    When Soren is pushed from his family's nest, he is rescued from death on the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls.

  • J.K. Rowling

    Harry Potter is an orphan living with miserable relatives. Salvation arrives when he is summoned to a school for wizards.

  • Lisa Yee

    Millicent is having a bad summer—until she meets Emily. But making her first friend might just take sheer genius.

  • Pie

    Sarah Weeks

    When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, the secrets of her world-famous pie-crust recipe go with her...or so people think.

  • Michael Northrop

    Little Leaguer Jack Mogens has it all figured out—until a stray pitch changes things.

  • Cynthia Lord

    Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life, which seems almost impossible when you have a brother with autism.

  • Rick Riordan

    Dan and Amy discover that their family is one of the most powerful in human history. The source of that power is hidden in 39 clues.

  • Brian Selznick

    When orphan and thief Hugo meets a bookish girl and an old man, his undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.

Grade 6

  • Deborah Wiles

    It's 1962, and 12-year-old Franny just wants some peace—but that's not easy when everyone around her seems to be living in fear.

  • Christopher Paul Curtis

    Elijah is a first-generation freeborn child. When a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, it's up to him to catch the thief.

  • Pam Munoz Ryan

    Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family in Mexico, but a sudden tragedy forces her and Mama to flee to California.

  • Rodman Philbrick

    Learning disabled and physically overgrown, Max has no friends until a tiny and brilliant boy moves into the house next door.

  • Raina Telgemeier

    Raina wants to be a normal sixth grader, but recovering from a severe injury proves to be far from easy.

  • Pam Munoz Ryan

    A young boy hears the call of a mysterious voice that he feels compelled to follow.

  • Jennifer Nielsen

    Civil war is brewing in a discontented kingdom. To unify the people, a nobleman hatches a plan involving an orphan named Sage.

  • Rodman Philbrick

    Twelve-year-old orphan Homer runs away to find his older brother who has been sold into the Union Army.

  • Cornelia Funke

    Two orphaned brothers run join a secret community of street urchins whose leader is a clever boy with a dark history.

  • Avi

    On her way home from school in England, Charlotte finds herself alone on a sea voyage rife with conflict.

Grade 7

  • James L. Swanson

    A ticking-clock pace and impeccable historical accuracy help tell the story of JFK's assassination.

  • James L. Swanson

    A riveting account of the hunt for the President's assassin

  • Tamora Pierce

    Gifted young weaver Sandry is brought to the Winding Circle community, where four misfits are taught how to use their magic.

  • Raina Telgemeier

    Against great odds, Callie is determined to create a set for the school musical that's worthy of Broadway.

  • Steve Sheinkin

    When master counterfeiter Ben Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his ring decide to steal Abraham Lincoln's body from its tomb.

  • Avi

    Philip Maloy just wants a different English teacher.

  • Shaun Tan

    This wordless graphic novel captures the sense of adventure that comes with a young man's arrival in a new city.

  • Jeff Hirsch

    In the aftermath of a war, one survivor finds his way to Settler’s Landing and ends up in a battle that will change his life.

  • Suzanne Collins

    In this dystopian novel, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to represent her district in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death.

  • Sonia Manzano

    Evelyn Serrano is keeping two secrets from her family.

Grade 8

  • Meg Cabot

    After a fateful accident, Pierce finds herself torn between two worlds.

  • Anne Schraff

    Darcy Wills must save her sister before it's too late.

  • Malín Alegría

    In Dos Rios, Texas, life is all about borders—and what happens when you cross the line.

  • Vicky Alvear Shecter

    When war breaks out in Egypt, the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony is forced to build a new life in Rome.

  • Jordan Sonnenblick

    Steven is a typical eighth grader. But when his younger brother, Jeffrey, is diagnosed with leukemia, life begins to unravel.

  • Eliot Schrefer

    A girl must save herself and a group of bonobos from a violent coup.

  • Walter Dean Myers

    Sent to the front lines during the Vietnam War, a Harlem teen comes face-to-face with the horrors of warfare.

  • Francisco X. Stork

    A happy 17-year-old with Asperger's-like traits gets a summer job in the mailroom at his father's law firm.

Grade 9

  • Elizabeth Eulberg

    In an adaptation of Jane Austen's classic, Lizzie Bennet isn't impressed by pompous Will Darcy. So why does she find herself drawn to him?

Grade 10