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District List: DCPS - Kindergarten Unit Text List

Description: District of Columbia Public Schools Unit Text List for students in Kindergarten. #dcps

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Ada's Violin

by Sally Wern Comport and Susan Hood

From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an orchestra made up of children playing instruments built from recycled trash.

Ada Ríos grew up in Cateura, a small town in Paraguay built on a landfill. She dreamed of playing the violin, but with little money for anything but the bare essentials, it was never an option...until a music teacher named Favio Chávez arrived. He wanted to give the children of Cateura something special, so he made them instruments out of materials found in the trash. It was a crazy idea, but one that would leave Ada—and her town—forever changed. Now, the Recycled Orchestra plays venues around the world, spreading their message of hope and innovation.

Date Added: 03/25/2019

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog

by Jack Kent

Impressed by the proud caterpillar's boast that she will turn into a butterfly when she grows up, a polliwog determines to watch the caterpillar very carefully and turn into a butterfly too.

Date Added: 04/16/2019

Chester's Way

by Kevin Henkes

From the book: Chester and Wilson, Wilson and Chester. That’s the way it was…. Chester and Wilson have their own way of doing things, and they do everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they ride their bikes, they always use hand signals. If Chester is hungry, Wilson is too. They are two of a kind, and that’s the way it is--until indomitable Lilly, who has her own way of doing things, moves into the neighborhood. A charming story about friendship, mice, and fun.

Date Added: 02/01/2019


by Sara Pennypacker

While sorting through difficulties with her friend Margaret, 8 year old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles, and helps her father banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

The Cloud Book

by Tomie Depaola

This fun-filled, interesting book introduces readers to the 10 most common types of clouds, myths that have been inspired by their shapes, and what they can tell about coming weather changes.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

Come On, Rain!

by Karen Hesse and John J. Muth

Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse recreates the body and soul-renewing experience of a summer downpour after a sweltering city heat wave.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

Dear Juno

by Soyung Pak and Susan Kathleen Hartung

Juno's grandmother writes in Korean and Juno writes in drawings, but that doesn't mean they can't exchange letters. From the photo his grandmother sends him, Juno can tell that she has a new cat. From the picture he makes for her, Juno's grandmother can tell that he wants her to come for a visit. So she sends Juno a miniature plane, to let him know she's on the way. This tender tale won the author an Ezra Jack Keats award, and is a perfect introduction to the concept of foreign cultures and far-off lands.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

Farfallina and Marcel

by Holly Keller

Farfallina and Marcel, a caterpillar and a gosling respectively, are an unlikely pair yet are the best of friends. But when they are both separated for a long time, they each undergo a miraculous transformation. Will these bosom buddies find each other again? And if they do, will they have grown apart while growing up?

Date Added: 02/01/2019

Fireman Small

by Wong Herbert Yee

Fireman small has a busy day rescuing people and fighting fires . . . and it's not over yet. Just as he's preparing for a good night's sleep, the fire bell rings yet again.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

Flower Garden

by Eve Bunting and Kathryn Hewitt

Follow the progress of a little girl and her father as they purchase "a garden," and board the bus to carry it home. The pansies, tulips, daffodils, geraniums, and daisies are lovingly planted in a window box, and the candles on the cake are lighted--just as Mom walks in the door to find her daughter, her husband, and her birthday surprise.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

Flower Garden

by Eve Bunting and Kathryn Hewitt

“An urban African-American girl and her father buy plants, potting soil, and a window box at the supermarket, ride the bus to their apartment, and put together a colorful gift for the child’s mother. Rhyming verse carries the brief story, while wonderful, warm, full-color illustrations present scenes from novel angles, and depict a loving family with a sense of intimacy, sincerity, and joy.”—School Library Journal

Date Added: 02/01/2019


by Leo Lionni

While the other field mice work to gather grain and nuts for winter, Frederick sits on a sunny rock by himself.

"I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days," he tells them. Another day he gathers "colors," and then "words."

And when the food runs out, it is Frederick, the dreamer and poet, whose endless store of supplies warms the hearts of his fellow mice, and feeds their spirits during the darkest winter days.

Frederick's story will warm readers as well in this Caldecott Honor winning fable.Now available as an eBook.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

Friends at School

by Rochelle Bunnett and Matt Brown

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Lexile Measure: AD450L

Date Added: 02/12/2019

Garbage Collectors

by Tami Deedrick

An introduction to the job of a garbage collector that examines the tasks that they perform, the clothing that they wear, the tools that they use, and the training required to be a successful garbage collector.

Date Added: 03/26/2019

The Giving Tree

by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree, a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein, has been a classic favorite for generations.

Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

Date Added: 05/23/2019

Gooseberry Park

by Cynthia Rylant

When a storm separates Stumpy the squirrel from her newborn babies, her animal friends come to the rescue.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

Helpers In My Community

by Bobbie Kalman

This book introduces children to the important people who make our communities cleaner, safer, and better. Action shots feature people working in construction, at schools, in hospitals, fighting fires, doing police work, and volunteering. An activity asks children what kinds of things they could do to volunteer in their own communities.

Date Added: 04/10/2019

How My Family Lives In America

by Susan Kuklin

In How My Family Lives in America, author-photographer Susan Kuklin zeroes in on the source of cultural identity: the family.


Sanu, who is learning how to braid her hair and to cook the same African meal her father makes.

Eric, who loves to play baseball with his dad and to dance the merengue with his friends and family.

April, who works hard on her Chinese writing and tries to keep up with her family's challenging games.

Their stories emphasize the seemingly minor and everyday ways heritage is transmitted: stories, songs, games, language, special occasions. They show the importance of choice and adaptation in forging a cultural identity. And they provoke readers to examine their own families -- what makes them the same, what makes them distinct, and how this uniqueness is celebrated.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

How to Lose All Your Friends

by Nancy Carlson

The author of I Like Me! takes a light-hearted look at bratty behavior that will have children laughing in recognition while learning exactly how not to behave.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

Human Footprint

by Ellen Kirk

Makes you want to step more lightly on the planet! Perfectly timed for Earth Day, this book doesn't preach or judge, but simply shows kids—in an exciting, visual way—how humans interact with the environment and how we can lessen our impact.

Date Added: 05/28/2019

I Face the Wind

by Vicki Cobb and Julia Gorton

Renowned science author Vicki Cobb makes scientific principles easy for even the youngest kids to understand. Follow this book with a young child who loves to play. Bring along balloons. Find a windy place. Together you'll face the wind and see that learning is a breeze.

Date Added: 04/29/2019

It's Raining

by Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons puts her signature style to work as she looks at rain from a child's perspective: What is rain? Why is it necessary? Where does it come from?

She takes the reader through different components of a storm, from the smallest raindrop to the loudest claps of thunder, and includes tips on how to stay safe and dry.

With clear facts, simple definitions, and fascinating details, Gibbons's exploration of rain is the perfect choice for curious young readers.

Date Added: 04/16/2019

Jamaica's Find

by Juanita Havill

A little girl finds a stuffed dog in the park and decides to take it home.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

Jamaica's Find

by Juanita Havill and Anne Sibley O'Brien

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Jamaica finds a stuffed dog at the playground and after taking him home without trying to find the owner discovers her conscience as well. Jamaica’s honest and appealing character inspired five more books, each about a childhood ethical dilemma.

Lexile Measure: 460L

Date Added: 02/13/2019

Just a Dream

by Chris Van Allsburg

Walter is a litterbug who does not appreciate the beauty of nature, or understand his role in keeping the planet healthy . . . until a fantastic journey shows him the tragic fate that could befall Earth if humans like him are not more careful. Are Walter’s actions really helping his planet along the road to destruction, or is it all just a dream?Chris Van Allsburg’s classic story of environmental responsibility is now available in this special paperback edition with french flaps.

Date Added: 02/01/2019

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