Curriculum Book List

The following children’s literature selections are used throughout the HLC curriculum to introduce key lesson concepts. They are available through your school library or local bookstore (not part of program price). NOTE: Selections may change as titles go out of print.


  • I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
  • I Did It, I’m Sorry by Caralyn Buehner
  • Pancakes for Breakfast by Tommie dePaola
  • The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
  • A Chair For My Mother by Vera Williams
  • A Boy and a Bear, The Children’s Relaxation Book by Lori Lite
  • Hands Are Not For Hitting by Martine Agaassi
  • It’s My Turn, Smudge! by Miriam Moss
  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • Officer Buckles and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
  • I Read Signs by Tana Hoban
  • Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons
  • Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • Lunch by Denise Fleming
  • Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
  • Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin
  • Bread Bread Bread by Ann Morris
  • The Pizza That We Made by Joan Holub and Lynne Cravath
  • Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson
  • Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi
  • Get Up and Go! by Nancy Carlson
  • Pretend You’re a Cat by Jean Marzollo
  • The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell
  • Germs Make Me Sick by Melvin Berger
  • The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor by Jan Berenstain
  • Jimmie Boogie Learns About Smoking by Brenneman
  • Raffi In Concert by Raffi (CD)
  • There Goes A Fire Truck! by Warner Home Video (VHS or DVD) (on Real Wheels:Truck Adventures)


  • How to be a Friend by Laurie and Marc Brown
  • The Family Book by Todd Parr
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Pancakes! Pancakes! By Eric Carle
  • From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
  • My Daddy is a Pretzel by Baron Baptiste
  • Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle
  • Outside-In: A Lift-the-Flaps Body Book by Clare Smallman
  • Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell

First Grade

  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
  • Safety around Strangers by Lucia Raatma
  • Percy Plays It Safe by Stuart J. Murphy
  • No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol

Third Grade

  • Hunches in Bunches by Dr. Seuss
  • Safety at Home by Lucia Raatma

Fourth Grade

  • The True Story of the Three Pigs by Jon Scieszka