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District List: BCPS Core Text Lists – Kindergarten

Description: Baltimore City Public Schools Core Text List for students in Kindergarten. Contains books from Modules: The Five Senses, Once Upon a Farm; America, Then and Now; and The Continents. #bcps

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Introducing North America

by Chris Oxlade

It introduces young readers to the continent of North America through age-appropriate maps, engaging photographs, and simple text. Topics covered within the book include where the continent is, climate, geography, animals and plants, countries, people and languages, natural resources, cities, and famous places.

Date Added: 06/10/2019

My Five Senses

by Aliki

A child's world is one filled with the discovery of sensations, and "My Five Senses" captures the excitement and wonder that accompany these discoveries by focusing on such common sensations as licking ice cream, petting a bunny and hearing a fire engine.

[This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts for K-1 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Date Added: 01/09/2019

Last Stop On Market Street

by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty--and fun--in their routine and the world around them.

This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share.

Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015

A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015

Date Added: 01/09/2019

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

by Paul Galdone

Paul Galdone's classic retelling of a lively nursery tale. Galdone's dramatic, colourful illustrations are well suited to this old Scandinavian tale. Even the scale of the pictures seems to tell the story; the first Billy Goat Gruff looks small against a looming bridge; soon the troll completely fills the page, and then the big Billy Goat Gruff spreads across two. The third Billy Goat Gruff's gruesome challenge is deleted, and he butts his wild-haired, blue-nosed, yellow-toothed enemy into the water, marches triumphantly up a daisy-covered hillside, and makes himself fat.

Date Added: 01/09/2019

Rap a Tap Tap, Here's Bojangles--Think of That!

by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon

This book for young children tells the story of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson--an African-American tap dancer and one of the most popular entertainers of the 1920's-30s.

Date Added: 01/09/2019

School Then and Now

by Robin Nelson

This book describes how school in the United States has changed through the years, including such topics as transportation, supplies, and subjects taught

Date Added: 01/09/2019

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

by Verna Aardema

When Mosquito tells iguana a terrible lie, he sets off a chain of events. Owl will not wake the sun, so there is not sunrise. Find out what happens in this West-African tale and find out why mosquitos buzz in people's ears. Winner of the 1976 Caldecott Medal for best picture book.

Date Added: 01/09/2019

When I was Young in the Mountains

by Cynthia Rylant

A story about the childhood reminiscences of growing up in the Appalachian Mountains & the pleasures in life.

Date Added: 01/09/2019

The Story of Ferdinand

by Robert Lawson and Munro Leaf

Ferdinand is the world's most peaceful--and--beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree. Leaf's simple storytelling paired with Lawson's pen-and-ink drawings make "The Story of Ferdinand" a true classic.

Date Added: 01/09/2019

Communication Then and Now

by Robin Nelson

Briefly describes how communication in the United States has changed through the years.

Date Added: 02/25/2019

My Five Senses [Pre-Kindergarten]

by Margaret Miller

NIMAC-sourced textbook

An introduction to the five senses highlights five small children of various ethnic groups enjoying the wonders of sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch, from a ride on the merry-go-round to a big bowl of popcorn.

Lexile Measure: 250L

Date Added: 01/23/2019

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

by Verna Aardema and Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Date Added: 01/18/2019

My Five Senses

by Aliki

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Date Added: 01/18/2019

Rap A Tap Tap

by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Date Added: 01/18/2019

The Year At Maple Hill Farm

by Alice Provensen and Martin Provensen

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Date Added: 01/18/2019


by Rebecca E. Hirsch

Presents a simple introduction to Australia, focusing on its geographical features, people and native animals.

Date Added: 03/06/2019


by Rebecca E. Hirsch

Get ready for a fascinating trip around the seven continents of the world! Simple, engaging text and colorful, mesmerizing pictures teach you about each continent's land features, populations, native animals, technological advances, and lots more—including how to find each continent on a map!

Africa is a large and diverse continent, and young readers will love discovering the people, geography, and animals found there.

Date Added: 03/06/2019


by Rebecca E. Hirsch and John Cottle

Young readers learn about the most remote continent, the people who explore and study there, as well as the animals that live there.

Date Added: 03/06/2019

The Little Red Hen

by Jerry Pinkney

As he did with his Caldecott-winning The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkney has masterfully adapted this story of the hardworking hen and her lazy neighbors. Its Golden Rule message and sassy finale are just as relevant and satisfying as ever. Read it in tandem with Pinkney's Puss in Boots and The Tortoise and the Hare or David Wiesner's The Three Pigs.

Date Added: 03/06/2019

Home Then and Now

by Robin Nelson

Presents a brief look at how homes in the United States have changed over the years.

Date Added: 03/13/2019

The Little House

by Virginia Lee Burton

Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so she's sad when she's surrounded by the dirty, noisy city's hustle and bustle: "She missed the field of daisies / and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight. " Fortunately, there's a happy ending, as the house is taken back to the country where she belongs. A classic!

Date Added: 09/05/2019

Farm Animals

by Wade Cooper

Spend a fact-filled day on a farm in this nonfiction easy reader! Children learn about horses, pigs, cows, geese, sheep, and more. The text is written in easy-to-read rhymes and is illustrated with irresistible photographs. Three pages of fun learning activities are designed to both challenge and entertain new readers.

Lexile Measure: 470

Date Added: 03/25/2019

Now & Ben

by Gene Barretta

The inventions and inspiration of Benjamin Franklin and how they've stood the test of time. What would you do if you lived in a community without a library, hospital, post office, or fire department? If you were Benjamin Franklin, you'd set up these organizations yourself. Franklin also designed the lightning rod, suggested the idea of daylight savings time, and invented bifocals-all inspired by his common sense and intelligence. In this informative book, Gene Barretta brings Benjamin Franklin's genius to life, deepening our appreciation for one of the most influential figures in American history.

Date Added: 04/03/2019

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

by John Archambault and Lois Ehlert and Bill Martin

A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree. In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom! The well-known authors of Barn Dance and Knots on a Counting Rope have created a rhythmic alphabet chant that rolls along on waves of fun. Lois Ehlert's rainbow of bright, bold, cheerful colors makes the merry parade of letters unforgettable.

Date Added: 08/21/2019

Moon Rope

by Lois Ehlert

Fox wants to go to the moon. Mole does not--at least not until he hears about the huge worms waiting up there for him to eat. So the two of them set off on their adventure, with a little help from a rope of grass and their friends the birds.

Date Added: 04/15/2019

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