Powerful Pairings: Read-Alouds for Working with the Common Core


Pairing one thing with another often provides a better experience—the right wine with dessert, the right bread with a certain cheese, the perfect sweater for a pair of pants.  In this installment, find a sampler of powerful pairs of books for read-alouds, books that will help you and your students delve into the Common Core State Standards for literature and informational text.  We all know that students need to have multiple and varied experiences with concepts, and these book duos can get you started! We feature six pairings for each of the K-6 grade level bands—lower, middle, and upper elementary, with attention to all three sections of the standard: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas. 

As you explore the pairings, you may want to refer to the text of Common Core State Standards themselves. Here are links to find grade by grade standards. Use the left sidebar of the CCSS site to select a specific grade level and standard:

English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Literature » Introduction for K-5

English Language Arts Standards » English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Informational Text

IntroductionLower Elementary
Middle ElementaryUpper Elementary


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