Reading Lists

Text Selection Guide (New Standards, 2018-19)

This guide contains information on topics such as text complexity, text sets, choosing the right texts for read alouds, rich and worthy texts, and provides resources on where to find theses texts. This guide, however, is not a specific list regarding which selections should be taught during specific grades. Decisions on specific selections for specific grades will be posted the summer before the 2019-20 school year.

CCSS ELA Exemplar Text

Text samples serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the standards require all students in a given grade band with which to engage. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.


Each year children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the “Choices” reading lists. These lists are broken down by age and grade level; and include the title, author, and a brief summary.

Battle of the Books Lists by Grade Level