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ELA Grade K Required and Recommended Texts

Note: MetaMetrics® made changes to the Lexile® levels in June 2017 in order to provide more accurate measures for early readers. These changes affected 32% of all previously assigned Lexile® levels, including some texts for elementary and middle grade readers. The Lexile® levels listed on EL Education materials were added before this shift and do not reflect updated Lexile® levels.

Module 1

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Playing with Friends
by Rebecca Rissman
One per classroom
ISBN: 9781432990275
Toys Galore
by Peter Stein
One per classroom
ISBN: 9780763662547
Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon
by Patty Lovell
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9780399254062
Llama Llama Time to Share
by Anna Dewdney
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9780670012336

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
What to Do with a Box
by Jane Yolen
Literature 450
New Red Bike
by James E. Ransome
Literature 340
Little Fox in the Forest
by Stephanie Graegin
Literature
Katie Fry, Private Eye: The Missing Fox
by Katherine Cox
Literature 420
I Have a Balloon
by Ariel Bernstein
Literature 270
Fort Building Time
by Megan Wagner Lloyd
Literature
Float
by Daniel Miyares
Literature
Elizabeti's Doll
by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Literature 560
Bunnies!
by Kevan Atteberry
Literature
Blocks
by Irene Dickson
Literature
Winnie-the-Pooh
by A.A. Milne
Literature 790
William's Doll
by Charlotte Zolotow
Literature 840
What Can You Do with a Paleta
by Carmen Tafolla
Literature 960
Waiting
by Kevin Henkes
Literature 260
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic
by Emily Jenkins
Literature 730
Too Many Toys
by David Shannon
Literature 600
The Nowhere Box
by Sam Zuppardi
Literature
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary
Literature 860
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt
Literature 730
Press Here
by Herve Tullet
Literature 320
Phoebe and Her Digger
by Tricia Springstubb
Literature
Oliver
by Birgitta Sif
Literature
Not a Box
by Antoinette Portis
Literature 50
Niño Wrestles the World
by Yuyi Morales
Literature 260
Jamaica's Find
by Juanita Havill
Literature 460
I Love My New Toy: Elephant & Piggie
by Mo Willems
Literature 10
For You Are A Kenyan Child
by Kelly Cunnane
Literature 760
Corduroy
by Don Freeman
Literature 600
A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play
by Marilyn Singer
Poetry
10 Little Rubber Ducks
by Eric Carle
Literature
Toy Riddles
by EL Education
Literature
Attributes of Toys
by EL Education
Literature
The Magic Bow
by EL Education
Literature 870

Module 2

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Umbrella
by Taro Yashima
One per Classroom
Brave Irene
by William Steig
One per Classroom
On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather
by Marilyn Singer and Frane Lessac
Six per Classroom
Weather (National Geographic Readers)
by Kristin Baird Rattini
Six per Classroom
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
Six per Classroom
Come On, Rain!
by Karen Hesse
Six per Classroom
Weather Words and What They Mean
by Gail Gibbons
Six per Classroom
One Hot Summer Day
by Nina Crews
One Per Classroom

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Wind: Ready to Read Level One
by Marion Dane Bauer
Informational 370
The Wind Blew
by Pat Hutchins
Literature 50
Who Took the Farmer's Hat
by Joan L Nodset
Literature 210
What Will the Weather Be: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Level
by Linda DeWitt
Informational 500
Weather: Poems for All Seasons
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Poetry
Tracks in the Snow
by Wong Herbert Yee
Literature 260
Thunderstorm
by Arthur Geisert
Literature
Thunder Cake
by Patricia Polacco
Literature 630
Tap Tap Boom Boom
by Elizabeth Bluemle
Literature
Rain: Ready to Read Level One
by Marion Dane Bauer
Informational 170
Rain
by Manya Stojic
Literature 120
Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature
by Nicola Davies
Informational
Mushroom in the Rain: Adapted from the Russian of V. Suteyev
by Mirra Ginsberg
Literature 380
A Letter to Amy
by Ezra Jack Keats
Literature 170
I Face the Wind
by Vicki Cobb
Informational 540
The First Snowfall
by Anne Rockwell
Literature 470
Feel the Wind: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Level 2
by Author Dorros
Informational 600
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
by Judy Barrett
Literature 730
Clouds: Ready to Read Level One
by Marion Dane Bauer
Informational 360
Clouds: National Geographic Kids Explore My World
by Marfe Ferguson Delano
Informational
Clouds: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Level 1
by Anne Rockwell
Informational
Big Snow
by Jonathan Bean
Literature 470
Sofia the Storyteller
by EL Education for instructional purposes
Literature 930
Curious Sofia Returns
by EL Education for instructional purposes
Informational 670
Curious Sofia
by EL Education for instructional purposes
Literature 550

Module 3

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Are Trees Alive?
by Debbie Miller
One per classroom
ISBN: 9780802788016
Be a Friend to Trees
by Patricia Lauber
One per pair
ISBN: 9780064451208

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Tree Texts
by EL Education
Two-three per small group 2016
Connecting Trees
by The College School in St. Louis, MO
One per classroom 2010
Clay Leaves
by The College School in St. Louis, MO
One per classroom 2010
We Depend on Trees
by EL Education
One per classroom 2016
Who Depends on a Tree?
by EL Education
One per classroom 2016
What’s Alive and What’s Not?
by EL Education
One per classroom 2016

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Trees
by Lemniscates
Informational
Tall Tall Tree
by Anthony D. Fredericks
Informational 620
It Starts with a Seed
by Laura Knowles
Informational
Full of Fall
by April Pulley Sayre
Informational 290
Do Trees Get Hungry?: Noticing Plant and Animal Traits
by Martha E. H. Rustad
Informational 480
An Apple Tree's Life Cycle
by Mary R. Dunn
Informational 460
From Seed to Apple Tree
by Steven Anderson
Literature
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of Amazon Rain Forest
by Lynn Cherry
Literature 670
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
by Lois Ehlert
Literature 680
Just Like Me, Climbing a Tree
by Durga Yael Bernard
Informational 760
House Held Up By Trees
by Ted Kooser
Literature
Call Me Tree/Llámame arbol
by Maya Christina Gonzalez
Literature
Celebritrees: Historic & Famous Trees of the World
by Margi Preus
Informational 1 020
Old Mikamba Had a Farm
by Rachel Isadora
Literature
City Shapes
by Diana Murray
Literature 930
The Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle
Literature 400
Say Hello!
by Rachel Isadora
Literature 570
Actual Size
by Steve Jenkins
Informational 1 080
Birdsongs
by Betsy Franco
Literature
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
Literature 500
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Literature 460
Leaf Man
by Lois Ehlert
Literature 310
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families
by Susan L. Roth & Cindy Trumbore
Informational 1 190
Tree For All Seasons
by Robin Bernard
Informational 420
Poetrees
by Douglas Florian
Poetry
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
by Claire A. Nivola
Informational 1 030
The Busy Tree
by Jennifer Ward
Literature 890
A Tree Is a Plant
by Clyde Robert Bulla
Informational
Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids
by Gail Gibbons
Informational 580
A Grand Old Tree
by Mary Newell DePalma
Informational 160
Who Will Plant a Tree?
by Jerry Pallota
Literature
How Do Plants Help Us?
by Bobbie Kalman
Informational 450
A Tree is a Living Thing
by EL Education
Literature

Module 4

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
A Tree Is Nice
by Janice May Udry
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9780064431477
A Tree for Emmy
by Mary Ann Rodman
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9781561454754
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya
by Donna Jo Napoli
One per classroom
ISBN: 9781416935056
We Planted a Tree
by Diane Muldrow
One per classroom
ISBN: 9780553539035
Oliver's Tree
by Kit Chase
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9780399257001
Gus Is a Tree
by Claire Babin
One per classroom
ISBN: 9781592700783

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
The Shady Tree
by Demi
Literature
Strange Trees and the Stories Behind Them
by Bernadette Pourquie
Informational
Pablo's Tree
by Pat Mora
Literature 480
Our of the Way! Out of the Way!
by Uma Krishnaswami
Literature 960
Tree of Cranes
by Allen Say
Literature 470
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
by Joyce Sidman
Poetry
The Great Paper Caper
by Oliver Jeffers
Literature
Celebritrees: Historic & Famous Trees Of The World
by Margi Preus
Informational
Poetrees
by Douglas Florian
Poetry
Dear Bobab
by Cheryl Foggo
Literature 890
The Falling Flowers
by Jennifer Reed
Literature
Wangari’s Trees Of Peace
by Jeanette Winter
Informational 730
Because of an Acorn
by Lola M. and Adam Schaefer
Informational
Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book
by Britta Teckentrup
Literature
A Leaf Can Be
by Laura Purdie Salas
Literature 170
Picture a Tree
by Barbara Reid
Literature
Tap the Magic Tree
by Christie Matheson
Literature
Trout Are Made of Trees
by April Pulley Sayre
Informational 450
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-loving Woman Changed A City Foreve
by Joseph H. Hopkins
Informational 760
Luna and Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest
by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Informational
As An Oak Tree Grows
by Brian G. Karas
Literature

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