My current project is to read all the books on the California Department of Education K-12 Recommended Reading List. Anyone can search through the list here: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/
I like this list for a lot of reasons but the most important is that it gives me examples of the kinds of books that the Department of Education expects my students to read. It’s also a great resource for parents searching for direction in terms of what their children should read. Additionally, I like that the list has a wide variety of Spanish books as well. Though Spanish curriculum development is not par with English curriculum development, it’s nice to see things starting to become more equal.
I also like this list because it is only recommended. That means that I can (and should and do) teach the books that I love, even if they didn’t make the cut.
I hope to complete this project in the next year or so. I will upload reviews of the books and lessons plans for teachers and parents as I develop them.
Thanks for reading!