The arrangement is simple. There are seven main curricular areas: Language Arts, World History and Geography, American History and Geography, Visual Arts, Music, Science, and Math. Each of these areas is divided by grade levels (K^-6) and then by other topical subdivisions, under which are annotated 5 to 10 books and other media, such as software or recordings. The topics do not remain constant across all the grade levels, so it could not be used to find books at all grade levels on dinosaurs or Roman history. Each entry notes the publisher and date of publication. There is no indication of ISBN, binding, or whether the item is available in another format or medium. The reading level is not indicated for any of the titles. Items that the authors "admire most" are designated "CC," or Core Collection.
The book begins with an essay by Hirsch and Holdren that details their philosophy and rationale. Each of the seven main subject areas begins with an introduction that lays a curricular foundation and sketches the scope and sequence for the subject. These introductory essays also contain information about the philosophy of Core Knowledge schools that would be helpful to people who are interested in school reform and the elementary canon. The book has a single subject, title, author, and illustrator index. The addresses of some special vendors are included in appropriate annotations.
Like The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children, this is a popular rather than a professional tool, but libraries that serve Core Knowledge communities or schools of education will find it useful.
This is a great compliment to the Core Knowledge Sequence system.
This is an excellent book for those wishing to ensure that their child's school or home school curriculum is meeting a proper criteria for each grade level.
It is also crosses the genres and genders by providing a variety of fiction, nonfiction, collections,series, multi-cultural and multidisciplined books.
This book, edited by John Holdren and E.D. Hirsch, is a list and description of books for children who are participating in the "Core Knowledge" based curricula. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Silverstone
I checked this book out from the library and was not impressed at all. The book lists are a combination of classics (ones that you've almost certainly already heard of) and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chad and Kristen
It is hard for me to follow the display of the book and find the info I need, so I gave it 2starsPublished 10 months ago by EM
Some of the books recomended are hard to find but Books to build on is a good guide for those working with the core knowledge curriculum.Published 16 months ago by Nanette
This is a great compliment to the Core Knowledge Sequence system. The Core Knowledge Sequence is a great addition for any household that really wants thier children to excel. Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by Mitchell Mertes
I was hoping for more in this book. I think it is an OK resource, but there are better ones out there.Published on June 19, 2009 by D. Valentine
This is a must have resource to help you guide the education of your child, whether your child is educated at home or in a brick and mortar setting. Read morePublished on March 26, 2008 by Judith