Connecticut State Reading Lists

2018 Nutmeg Book Award Nominee

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

“A lively, memorable biography for younger readers.” —Booklist (starred review) “A reminder of the value of telling people’s stories, whether pro...

We Are the Ants
This edition: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication date: January 19, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

From the “author to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand-new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or...

The Way I Used to Be
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: March 22, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

A New York Times bestseller! In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles...

This edition: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publication date: November 3, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Tricks from...

The Last Boy at St. Edith's
(Part of MAX)
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: February 23, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

A seventh grade prankster is determined to escape the all-girls academy where he’s the only boy—by getting expelled—in this “spectacular debut” (Kirkus...

The Boy in the Black Suit
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book. Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl...

2017 Nutmeg Book Award Nominee

Lulu's Mysterious Mission
Illustrated by: Kevin Cornell
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 6 - 10

This irresistible third illustrated chapter book starring Judith Viorst’s Lulu is full of hilarious hijinks, delightful twists, and a top-secret...

Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Gets Cooking!
(Part of From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire)
Illustrated by: Preston McDaniels
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: November 4, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

Chemistry in the kitchen? Phineas L. MacGuire applies his science skills to culinary creations in this food-tastic tale from the bestselling author of...

The Boundless
Illustrated by: Jim Tierney
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: April 22, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

All aboard for an action-packed escapade from the internationally bestselling author of Airborne and the Silverwing trilogy.The Boundless, the greatest...

Space Case
(Part of Moon Base Alpha)
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School.Like his fellow...

2016 Nutmeg Book Award Nominee

Waiting for the Magic
Illustrated by: Amy June Bates
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2011
Ages: 8 - 12

People may drift apart But love can hold them together. Sometimes we find that love through magic – Sometimes that magic is all around us.This is a...

Better Nate Than Ever
(Part of Nate)
This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Ages: 9 - 13

“The Nate series by Tim Federle is a wonderful evocation of what it’s like to be a theater kid. Highly recommended.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and...

The Sea of Tranquility
A Novel
This edition: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publication date: June 4, 2013

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013An ALA/YALSA Alex Award WinnerI live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no...

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: February 21, 2012
Ages: 12 - 99

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison....

Illustrated by: Sam Bosma
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Ages: 12 - 99

A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel.Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a...