Let us move from this post which is intended to cause an uproar (read the comments to see how it succeeded) and focus on the need to approach the CCSS Exemplar Texts with a more critical eye. Here is THE LITTLE PRINCE for 4th grade, Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti for 2nd grade, Russell Freedman's bio of Lincoln for 3rd grade. And there are plenty more examples of books placed almost willy-nilly (though I am sure it is by lexiles and ATOS measures) in the K-12 bibliography.
As we approach Banned Books Week, let us please keep the needs of the reader in mind, not the needs of those who built a set of standards with little regard to anything beyond the numbers.
I am thrilled to note that Judy Blume will join Laurie Halse Anderson and me (squee!) for the NCTE Twitter chat next Sunday at 8 eastern time.