Georgia State Reading Lists

2018 - 2019 Georgia Children's Picturebook Award Nominee

Strictly No Elephants
Illustrated by: Taeeun Yoo
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: October 27, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

“A sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale.” —The New York Times Book Review “Sweet and affirming.” —Kirkus Reviews Huffington Post Honor Book for Best in...

Not Quite Narwhal
Illustrated by: Jessie Sima
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 14, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

In the tradition of Uni the Unicorn and Gaston, this heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under...

2018 Georgia Children's Picturebook Award

It Came in the Mail
Illustrated by: Ben Clanton
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 21, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From the author-illustrator of Something Extraordinary comes a tale filled with dragons, pickles, friendship, and lots of mail—perfect for fans of Mo...

2016 - 2017 Georgia Children's Picturebook Award Nominee

The Farmer and the Clown
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from...

Float
Illustrated by: Daniel Miyares
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 9, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

A boy’s small paper boat—and his large imagination—fill the pages of this wordless picture book, a modern-day classic from the creator of Pardon Me!...

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...

2015 - 2016 Georgia Children's Picturebook Award Nominee

All Different Now
Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Ages: 5 - 9

Experience the joy of Juneteenth in this celebration of freedom from the award-winning team of Angela Johnson and E.B. Lewis.Through the eyes of one...

Draw!
Illustrated by: Raúl Colón
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination.A...

Grandfather Gandhi
Illustrated by: Evan Turk
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: March 11, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly...

Henri's Scissors
Illustrated by: Jeanette Winter
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Ages: 5 - 8

Step into the colorful world of Henri Matisse and his magnificent paper cutouts!In a small weaving town in France, a young boy named Henri-Emile...

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...

2018 - 2019 Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee

Karma Khullar's Mustache
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: August 15, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

“Kristi Wientge deftly captures the turmoil of adolescence.” —Us Weekly Debut author Kristi Wientge tackles the uncomfortable—but all too...

Ghost
(Part of Track)
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Ghost...

2016 - 2017 Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee

Half a World Away
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: September 2, 2014
Ages: 10 - 14

A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata,...

Stella by Starlight
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 9 - 13

When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this Depression-era tour de...

2018 - 2019 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee

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...

Scythe
(Part of Arc of a Scythe)
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: November 22, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New...

Mars One
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: April 4, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

Go on the adventure of a lifetime with a teen and his family after they are selected to colonize Mars in this thrilling new novel from multiple Bram...

2017 - 2018 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Honor

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...

2017 - 2018 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee

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...

2016 - 2017 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee

Dime
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: May 26, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

The realities of teen prostitution are revealed in this eye-opening, heartbreaking story from the author of America, which Booklist called “a piercing,...

2015 - 2016 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee

When I Was the Greatest
Photographer: Michael Frost
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: January 7, 2014
Ages: 12 - 99

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant...

2016 - 2017 Georgia Tome Society It List

The Blackthorn Key
(Part of The Blackthorn Key)
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Ages: 10 - 14

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in...

MiNRS
(Part of MiNRS)
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

A boy and his friends must find a way to survive in the mining tunnels after their new space colony is attacked in this gritty action-adventure novel,...

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