California State Reading Lists

2016 - 2017 California Young Reader Medal Nominee

Keeper of the Lost Cities
(Part of Keeper of the Lost Cities)
This edition: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publication date: August 6, 2013
Ages: 8 - 12

In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world—before the wrong person finds the answer...

2015 - 2016 California Young Reader Medal Nominee

Creepy Carrots!
Illustrated by: Peter Brown
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 21, 2012
Ages: 4 - 8

In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get...

The Tree Lady
The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
Illustrated by: Jill McElmurry
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 17, 2013
Ages: 5 - 10

Unearth the true story of green-thumbed pioneer and activist Kate Sessions, who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city...

Doll Bones
Illustrated by: Eliza Wheeler
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Ages: 10 - 14

Discover the Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones, from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School...

Ghost Hawk
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Ages: 10 - 14

From Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper, a story of adventure and friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler.On the...

2016 Eureka Excellence in Nonfiction Gold Award

Ada's Violin
The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Illustrated by: Sally Wern Comport
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an...

I Dissent
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Illustrated by: Elizabeth Baddeley
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make...

Miss Mary Reporting
The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber
Illustrated by: C. F. Payne
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 16, 2016
Ages: 5 - 8

“Macy introduces Garber as a person who followed her passion for sports despite her mother’s disapproval and did her job with purpose, integrity, and...

2016 Eureka Excellence in Nonfiction Honor Book

The Distance Between Us
Young Readers Edition
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Ages: 10 - 14

Award-winning author Reyna Grande shares her compelling experience of crossing borders and cultures in this middle grade adaptation of her...

Lift Your Light a Little Higher
The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer
Illustrated by: Bryan Collier
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Grab your lantern and follow the remarkable and world-famous Mammoth Cave explorer—and slave—Stephen Bishop as he guides you through the world’s...

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring
The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
Illustrated by: Gilbert Ford
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind...

Octopuses One to Ten
Illustrated by: Robin Page
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 27, 2016
Ages: 2 - 8

Dive into this fascinating counting journey through the amazing and mysterious world of octopuses.Everyone knows octopuses have eight arms. But did you...

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea
Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
Illustrated by: Raúl Colón
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 5, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Filled with gorgeous illustrations by acclaimed artist Raúl Colón, this illustrated biography shares the story of female scientist, Marie Tharp, a...

2016 Westchester Fiction Award Winner

All American Boys
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. In this Coretta Scott...

The Scorpion Rules
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2015

The children of world leaders are held hostage in an attempt to keep the peace in this “slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews,...

2016 Westchester Fiction Award Honorable Mention

Ruthless
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: July 14, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a...

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