Globalizing Text Exemplar Lists: Globalizing Reading Lists

Our students live in a global world. The opportunities we offer through literature in our classrooms can invite them into the richness of cultural diversity and global communities. To globalize the text exemplar lists included in standards documents that guide instruction in many states and countries, we developed global book lists of fiction and nonfiction books organized by grade level bands and measures of complexity. These lists include books paired by theme and complexity with the exemplars from Common Core standards as well as lists of additional recommended global books. These lists are updated on an annual basis to include new books and to remove others that are out of print. The goal is to provide a valuable resource for educators searching for books that they can access to globalize their classrooms and libraries.

The resource includes a Users Guide for educators accessing the Global Reading Lists, and lists for K-12 grades, as well as lists specifically for short story collections and poetry books. The collection was updated for 2023.

➣  Access the exemplar lists here.


This resource arose from CERCLL’s Globalizing the Common Core State Standards project, led by Dr. Kathy Short.