Colorado State Reading Lists

2018 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award Shortlist

Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump!
Illustrated by: Simone Shin
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 26, 2017
Ages: 2 - 5

Two toddlers go on a bumpety berry hunt in this darling picture book that’s perfect for preschoolers.Wagon on gravel goes bumpety-bump. Pebbles in the...

Sam & Eva
Illustrated by: Debbie Ridpath Ohi
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 17, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

Harold and the Purple Crayon meets Tom and Jerry in this sweet and funny picture book about a boy and girl who must balance their creativity and figure...

2018 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award Winner

The Library Book
Illustrated by: Chuck Groenink
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 3, 2017

What’s the best way to cure a gloomy day? A trip to the library! Based on the hit song by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark, here is an affectionate,...

2016 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award Shortlist

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop!
Illustrated by: Matt Myers
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 13, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

A rooster tries to change his tune in this jazzy picture book that’s perfect for scatting aloud from the author of Naked! and I’m Bored, comedian...

How to Draw a Dragon
Illustrated by: Douglas Florian
This edition: Hardcover, 42 pages
Publication date: April 14, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Pull out your pencils! Everyone’s an artist in this lively and inspiring picture book full of wit, whimsy, and wacky imagination…and dragons, of...

One Word from Sophia
Illustrated by: Yasmeen Ismail
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 16, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything in this playfully illustrated story about the nuances of...

Where Are My Books?
Illustrated by: Debbie Ridpath Ohi
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 12, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

A boy investigates a squirrelly situation to track down his missing stories in this charming ode to book lovers of all kinds.Spencer loves to read. He...

2019 Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee

The Antlered Ship
Illustrated by: Terry Fan and Eric Fan
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 12, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

Parents’ Choice Recommended An inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and...

Creepy Pair of Underwear!
Illustrated by: Peter Brown
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 15, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

From the celebrated team behind Creepy Carrots!, Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown, comes a hilarious (and just a little creepy)...

2017 Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee

Gaston
(Part of Gaston and Friends)
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 3, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly...

Dork Diaries 10
Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter
(Part of Dork Diaries)
Illustrated by: Rachel Renée Russell
This edition: Paper Over Board, 320 pages
Publication date: October 20, 2015
Ages: 9 - 13

Nikki and her friends Brandon, Chloe, and Zoey are teamed up on an important mission in the tenth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork...

2018 Colorado Book Award Finalist

When Dimple Met Rishi
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 30, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

A New York Times bestseller An NPR Best Book of 2017 A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017 A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2017 A School Library Journal...

The Player King
By Avi
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: October 17, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

“Swiftly moving and utterly engrossing.” —Shelf Awareness Parents’ Choice Recommended From Newbery Award–winning author Avi comes the gripping and...

Can an Aardvark Bark?
Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: June 13, 2017
Ages: 2 - 8

From award-winning author Melissa Stewart and Caldecott honoree Steve Jenkins comes a noisy nonfiction exploration of the many sounds animals make.Can...

2017 Colorado Book Award Winner

Waiting for Augusta
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: May 10, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

With a fresh, funny voice, lots of adventure, and a healthy dose of magic, from the author of The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher...

Beneath Wandering Stars
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: August 1, 2016
Ages: 14 - 18

Winner of the 2017 Colorado Book Award After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made: If anything...

2017 Colorado Book Award Finalist

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...

2016 Colorado Book Award Winner

Fig
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 7, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

An NPR Best Book of 2015 Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and...

2016 Colorado Book Award Finalist

A Chicken Followed Me Home!
Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl
Illustrated by: Robin Page
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 19, 2015
Ages: 5 - 10

Why did the chicken cross the road? To follow you home! Learn all about a not-so-basic bird in this delightful nonfiction picture book.What’s that? A...

Dangerous Lies
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: November 10, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the...

2016 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominee

City of Heavenly Fire
(Part of The Mortal Instruments)
This edition: Hardcover, 752 pages
Publication date: May 27, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal...

All the Light We Cannot See
A Novel
This edition: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publication date: May 6, 2014

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York...

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