Kindergarten English Language Arts

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Unit 1: Welcome to School

Book: Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 2010)
Book: The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2019)
Book: I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2004)
Book: I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2020)
Book: The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1997)
Book: Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and illustrated by Caroline Binch (Dial Books, 1991)
Book: Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin (Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2007)
Book: Words Are Not for Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick (Free Spirit Publishing, 2004)
Book: Today I Feel Silly And Other Moods that Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis (HarperCollins, 1998)
Book: You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Danielle Daniel (Ocra Book Publishers, 2017)

Unit 2: Noticing Patterns in Stories

Book: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle (Philomel Books, 1985)
Book: Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan (Greenwillow Books, 1989)
Book: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen (Alladin Paperbacks, 2003)
Book: We’re Going on a Lion Hunt by David Axtell (Square Fish, 2007)
Book: Sitting Down to Eat by Bill Harley (August House, 2005)
Book: The Napping House by Audrey Wood (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2009)
Book: Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That! by Leo Dillon (Blue Sky Press, 2002)
Book: Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho (Scholastic Inc, 2000)
Book: Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business, by Esphyr Slobodkina (Harper Collins, 1987)
Assessment Text: “Hot Pot Night!” by Vincent Chen and illustrated by Vincent Chen (Charlesbridge)

Unit 3: Celebrating Fall

Book: Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures by Martha E. H. Rustad (Millbrook Press, 2011)
Book: Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro (HarperCollins, 2015)
Book: Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins (Scholastic Press, 1998)
Book: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt, 2005)
Book: We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger (Cartwheel Books, 2008)
Book: Leaves by David Ezra Stein (G.P. Putman’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2010)
Book: Fall Harvests: Bringing in Food by Martha E. H. Rustad (Millbrook PR, 2011)
Book: The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House, 1999)
Book: Apples by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House, 2001)
Assessment Text: “Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie” by Jill Esbaum (National Geographic Kids)

Unit 4: Falling in Love with Authors and Illustrators

Book: The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin (Charlesbridge, 2001)
Book: Kite Flying by Grace Lin (Dragonfly Books, 2004)
Book: Dim Sum for Everyone! by Grace Lin (Dragonfly Books, 2003)
Book: Fortune Cookie Fortunes by Grace Lin (Dragonfly Books, 2006)
Book: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales (Square Fish, 2015)
Book: Tito Puente, Mambo King by Monica Brown (Rayo, 2013)
Book: My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz by Monica Brown (Cooper Square Publishing LLC, 2004)
Book: Pelé, King of Soccer by Monica Brown (HarperCollins, 2017)
Book: My Name is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral by Monica Brown (National Geographic School Pub, 2010)
Book: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009)
Book: Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Book Press, 2008)
Book: The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition, 2013)
Book: The Grasshopper and the Ants by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition, 2015)
Book: Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales (Chronicle Books, 2016)
Book: Dreamers by Yuyi Morales (Neal Porter Books; Illustrated Edition, 2018)
Assessment Text: “Thanking the Moon” by Grace Lin (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Unit 5: Winter Wonderland

Book: It’s Snowing! by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House, 2012)
Book: The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino (Chronicle Books, 2009)
Book: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking, 1962)
Book: Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner (Chronicle Books, 2014)
Book: Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft (HarperCollins, 1996)
Book: Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints by Millicent E. Selsam (HarperCollins, 1998)
Book: Wild Tracks! A Guide to Nature’s Footprints by Jim Arnosky (Sterling Children’s Books, 2015)
Book: The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader (Aladdin; Reprint edition, 1993)
Book: Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee (Square Fish; First edition, 2007)
Book: The Mitten by Jan Brett (G.P. Putman’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 1996)
Book: The Hat by Jan Brett (G.P. Putman’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 1997)
Book: Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett (G.P. Putman’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2012)
Assessment Text: “Curious About Snow” by Gina Shaw (Grosset & Dunlap)

Unit 6: What is Justice?

Book: All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold (Knopf Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition, 2018)
Book: Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester (HarperCollins; Illustrated edition, 2008)
Book: All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka (HarperCollins, 2020)
Book: Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor (Philomel Books; Illustrated edition, 2019)
Book: This Is the Dream by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander (Amistad; 1 edition, 2009)
Book: The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 2001)
Book: Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles (Aladdin; Reprint edition, 2005)
Book: Rosa by Nikki Giovanni (Square Fish; Reprint edition, 2007)
Book: Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (Hyperion Book CH; Reprint edition, 2007)
Book: We March by Shane W. Evans (Square Fish; Reprint edition, 2016)
Book: A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition, 2007)
Book: I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Kadir Nelson (Schwartz & Wade; Har/Com Re edition, 2012)
Book: Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford (Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Illustrated edition, 2018)
Assessment Text: “A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation” by Barry Wittenstein and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (Neal Porter Book)

Unit 7: Exploring Life Cycles

Book: It’s Spring! by Linda Glaser (National Geographic School Pub; 1 edition, 2010)
Book: What’s Alive? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld (HarperCollins; 1 edition, 1995)
Book: How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan (HarperCollins; Revised edition, 2015)
Book: From Seed to Sunflower by Mari Schuh
Book: The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle (Little Simon; Reprint edition, 2009)
Book: Who Will Plant a Tree? by Jerry Pallotta (Sleeping Bear Press, 2010)
Book: Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert (HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition, 2001)
Book: From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman (HarperCollins; Revised edition, 2015)
Book: Have you Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray (HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition, 2017)
Book: A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz (Jenkins, HarperCollins; Revised edition, 2015)
Book: The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen and Jerry Pinkney (Morrow Junior Books; 1st edition, 1999)
Book: Frogs by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House; Reprint edition, 1993)
Book: From Tadpole to Frog by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld (Scholastic Paperbacks, 2011)
Book: Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt and Co)
Book: Egg to Chicken (Follow the Life Cycle) by Rachel Tonkin (Crabtree Classics)
Assessment Text: “And the Bullfrogs Sing: A Life Cycle Begins” by David Harrison and illustrated by Kate Cosgrove (Holiday House)

Unit 8: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Book: What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet by Jess French (DK Children, 2019)
Book: The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics by Susan Hood (HarperCollins; Illustrated edition, 2021)
Book: Recycle! A Handbook for Kids by Gail Gibbons (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition, 1996)
Book: The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle by Nuria Roca (Barron's Educational Series, 2007)
Book: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul (Millbrook Press, 2015)
Book: Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris by Linda Elovitz Marshall (Children’s Book Press; Bilingual edition, 2016)
Book: Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood by Tony Hillery (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Illustrated edition, 2020)
Book: Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals (Tricycle Press; Illustrated edition, 2010)

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