New themed-based K-6 collections—and a contest!

With the Common Core State Standards requiring students to dive deep into rigorous texts and focus on nonfiction to build knowledge, educators have been telling us they need theme-based collections of books built around the topics they most commonly teach. Voila! Text Setscollections of nonfiction books for grades K-6 built around science- and social studies-based themes.

Each Text Sets collection exposes students to six different nonfiction titles built around the same theme – from plants to geography to ancient civilization and more. Text Sets helps students build critical domain-specific knowledge needed to tackle complex, grade-level reading.

Although the program is already being used across the country, from New York to Hawaii, we thought it would be fun to give a Text Sets collection to one lucky reader. We also want to get more feedback from you: What sorts of themes would you like to see in future text sets?

For a chance to win, add a new comment below with your feedback and ideas for future sets!

GIVEAWAY: Enter the Text Sets for a chance to win a 55-book theme set of informational text (K-6)! To enter, leave a comment on this blog post telling us how Text Sets could help you support your students.  Comment any time between June 26 and 5:59pm EST July 2, 2013. One winner will be randomly selected! Read the official rules here. (Giveaway open to U.S. residents only; must be 18 or older to enter.)


These look fantastic! With the new emphasis on nonfiction reading, plus the need to extend reading and writing instruction into science & social studies, I can see tons of uses for these! Anything on Louisiana, particularly northern Louisiana, or Native Americans, would be great!

I would love to see a set on various math concepts for primary teachers. :)

This has got to be a winner idea, my students are 95% ESL the more text I can get them reading and relating to, the more they will learn. Keep the science sets coming and follow them up with Social Studies. Third grade is a real reading year and my goal is to form life long learners, Scholastic as a whole is doing a great job helping me encourage my students to be readers; more help is always appreciated.

Great set of books for students! Love that they align with the common core standards. A set of books about up and coming professions in today's day and age would be really interesting too. Thanks!

I am moving from teaching Math and Science to Reading and Science. This would be wonderful to have....tieing the two things together.

My first graders love non-fiction. With such an emphasis on math and literacy, science and social studies sometimes takes a backseat. These collections will help weave science and social studies into our literacy.

We teach economics to our 3rd graders and have lots of trouble finding books that teach how and why people work, what people do with money, and how banking systems work. We want students to learn that their choices to save or spend affect the quality of their lives.

These are perfect to share with my K kids as we move toward those CC standards that include so much more nonfiction. My kiddos have always chosen the non-fiction books we've shared in class as read to self books. Having more sets to share would make that a better experience for them, helping them revisit, recall, and dig deeper into concepts throughout the year.

I am delighted to know you are now offering text sets. I teach in a Montessori preschool and Kindergarten school and to have resources in themes can really help me plan my lessons well for the school year. I was already planning to order books in mind but to have them in thematic text sets would be so much better. I commend you for having a teacher's mind at heart!

Wow, these sets look terrific! I looked at the K sets, some ideas for future sets; Animals of North America, Insects, Dinosaurs, All about America

Love the idea of sets for the CCS building around the same theme. Science and Social Studies are two areas where I am always looking for get material.

These are great! I would love to see some sets around issues that allow students to investigate a higher order question to drive research. For example, a text set of shark books that take a variety of views on whether sharks are dangerous to humans vs humans are a danger to sharks. Or a text set about global warming that includes a perspective that global warming is not a big threat. Essentially, I guess I am thinking text sets that allow students to assess for biases in nonfiction and form their own opinions based on their texts would be awesome!

With Common Core, there is a great need for informational texts on a variety of material across grade levels!

As a Sped teacher my kids relate to real world non-fiction books and they would love the ones offered. Bright pictures, informational text to keep them interested, and subject matter that is fun! I could really use these to create some GREAT units for my special ed kiddos and they would be ecstatic to receive these in our classroom!!! :)

These sets would be a great addition for any a K teacher I would be excited to see some more science themed kits :)

I love the theme sets and how they meet the common core standards. I would like to see sets on the solar system, countries, and life cycles. Thank you for offering wonderful opportunities to our children.

How about a series of books dealing with science fair projects

WOW -- my kids love bugs and insects! I love the non-fiction texts and sets-- great addition to support Common Core Standards!!! It sometimes becomes difficult to find age appropriate text at the proper reading level. I like that there are multiple levels because there are various levels in my classroom reading groups as well. Thank you for making it easier for teachers to find materials that go hand in hand with CC Standards!!

I would love to see sets geared towards careers, and community helpers. Text sets would be very beneficial in supporting the non-fiction geared common core reading standards for my students. Non-fiction texts help increase my students vocabulary levels, and they also increase their understanding of real life objects, and history.

Love using text to teach content areas. It makes the material more relevant to students.

Would love to see more of the grade six books. Wish the set would go up to grade 8. Can you you put together financial literacy for upper grades? Looking for this with our GEAR UP program?

I love the idea of the sets, especially since school districts are beginning to move away from text books and towards sets like these. I would like to see books that would align with 6th grade math, maybe even uses for math in various careers. It would be good to see some texts on cells and cell division, energy sources, scientific inquiry, and microorganisms.

I really love these books! I have changed grade levels so am just learning some about the standards for that grade, but would love to see books having to do with government and tie- ins with fictional texts.

I would like to see a set on energy.

I'd love for a theme to be explored in a all-encompassing way, such as having a study of the moon, then moon exploration/transportation, followed by biographies of famous astronauts,

Love the new Blog. Scholastic never stops amazing me with all the ideas and information you put out there for teachers. Thanks again for another resource. Love the themed collection.

We do a project week every year and past topics have included ocean creatures, farms, bugs, castles and knights, and polar animals. These would be interesting topics to include.

Would love to see some text sets about the moon and the sun for First Graders.

This looks wonderful. I have always thought it was important to connect fiction and non-fiction texts together.

Other Ideas:
States of Matter
Symbols of America
More Character Traits - Honesty, Respect, Perservance, etc...

I would absolutely love a set of these for my kindergarten classroom. Over the past three years I've focused on incorporating nonfiction in to every unit. My kids have done amazing and want to know as many "facts" as they can. I would like to see a guide that suggests companion fiction books to go with the set.

This is such a great idea. I love the concept of sets. What a great way to keep a concept exciting! Also a nice way to reach different styles of learners. One topic I think might be interesting is the weather system. My son liked learning about this in 3rd grade and I can imagine incorporating different types of books into a unit about weather.

I would love to see some text sets that include state history. It would be great to have something that I could use to teach about national parks, U.S. monuments, etc. Great idea for the classroom!

I would love to see some text sets that include state history. It would be great to have something that I could use to teach about national parks, U.S. monuments, etc. Great idea for the classroom!

These would be great for the transition to the Common Core. I work with struggling readers in the upper elementary grades (4,5,6), and I think they would enjoy future nonfiction sets on slightly edgier topics such as ghost hunting, zombies, or cryptozoology. :)

I would love to see texts that teach the history of the U.S. As an educator, I see firsthand how many students do not know the basics of our history. Government would be good, too. They don't know that either.

These sets look awesome! I am moving to kindergarten from 2nd grade and I have to enhance my library. These sets seem perfect. I love the famous Americans and seasons especially, but I also like the math and my body sets. How about animals and habitats and/or space and the solar system?

What a great idea! I am always scrambling around trying to cobble together sets on my own. It's nice that I could order them already put together! I would love to see sets based on cultures around the world from a kid's point of view.

What a great giveaway! Informational text right at their fingertips. Fantastic eye catching photographs. Thanks!

Awesome! These would be great sets for kids to read and then create their own way of sharing the information they learned through a presentation, poster, etc. It would be great to have a text set on healthy living, focusing on the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. Brain food lists, vitamins we need, etc.

These are wonderful, and it's great to have an opportunity to win them. It would be great to have even higher level sets beyond K-5 as well.

Thanks for making one small aspect of our teaching jobs easier! What a great way to combine curriculum in a format our students will love. A great idea!

The kindergarten set looks great. It's so difficult to find interesting non fiction for the lower levels. I would love to add these to my lessons. Great job!

Text sets would be great for research. Thank you.

Great idea! My students were very interested in the non-fiction genre. I would like to see book sets on Social Studies topics. Possibly ancient civilizations,

I would like to see themes offered for math, science, health, visual arts and/or performing arts. It would also be nice to have sets with cross grade reading levels. Even though it is the obvious goal to get kids reading at grade level, they don't always come in that way. The best way to get kids to improve on their reading is to put books in their hands that are just right for them.

These text sets would be great for my small group instruction. I really like having a wide variety of books on a single topic available for my students.

What a great idea! It can be difficult and time-consuming to find books on similar topics that are truly beneficial to the students. I am looking forward to using these in my classroom.

These will be a great addition to any classroom and help bring informational texts that the kids need for common core learning.

I love these sets! They seem like a great value. Can't wait to try these out.

I love the sets are CCSS related. I just wish there were more for each grade level, but I still love them!