Illinois State Reading Lists

2016 Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Book List Selection

As Brave As You
This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

Kirkus Award Finalist Schneider Family Book Award Winner Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are,...

A Case of the Clones
(Part of The DATA Set)
Illustrated by: Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

Dr. Bunsen causes some serious double trouble when he creates clones of the DATA Set in this fifth DATA Set adventure.Dr. Bunsen is just trying to...

Don't Disturb the Dinosaurs
(Part of The DATA Set)
Illustrated by: Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

The DATA Set find themselves stuck in the prehistoric era in the second adventure of the brand-new series!Thanks to Dr. Bunsen’s latest wacky...

March of the Mini Beasts
(Part of The DATA Set)
Illustrated by: Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

Danger! Action! Trouble! Adventure! Introducing The DATA Set, a brand-new chapter book series for young readers.What would happen if your next-door...

Robots Rule the School
(Part of The DATA Set)
Illustrated by: Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: July 5, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

In the fourth DATA Set adventure, the DATA Set race to deprogram an army of robots before they take over Newtonberg Elementary School.One morning, Mrs....

The Sky Is Falling
(Part of The DATA Set)
Illustrated by: Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: May 24, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

In the third action-packed adventure of The DATA Set series, Dr. Bunsen uses his newest invention—the Bunsenmunicator 3000—to communicate with...

Fashion Rebels
Style Icons Who Changed the World through Fashion
Illustrated by: Carlyn Cerniglia Beccia
This edition: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Get to know the women who’ve wielded the power of fashion and brought about change with this illustrated biography that features twenty-five of...

Freedom Over Me
Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Illustrated by: Ashley Bryan
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 6 - 10

Newbery Honor Book Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book Using original slave auction and plantation estate...

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. Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his...

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...

The Last True Love Story
This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

From the critically acclaimed author of The Gospel of Winter and the coauthor of All American Boys comes a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer...

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...

Muslim Girl
A Coming of Age
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: October 18, 2016

A New York Times Editor’s Pick “It is a blunt observation, reflective of the potent message she delivers to her readers, a skillful unraveling of the...

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: June 28, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

From the critically acclaimed author of Anything But Typical comes a touching look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September 11, 2001,...

The Storyteller
Illustrated by: Evan Turk
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 28, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From Ezra Jack Keats 2015 New Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as author-illustrator: an original folktale that celebrates...

The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read
Illustrated by: Kate Berube
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: July 5, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year “A marvelous debut…Sometimes it takes the right nudge to...

The V-Word
True Stories about First-Time Sex
Compiled by: Amber J. Keyser
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: February 2, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

An honest and poignant collection of essays by women about losing their virginity in their teens. The V-Word captures the complexity of this important...

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...

2017 Monarch Award Master List

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...

2017 Monarch Award Master List

Going Places
Illustrated by: Peter H. Reynolds
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 18, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A go-cart contest inspires imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling...

2017 Bluestem Award Master List

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...

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Illustrated by: Zena Bernstein
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: March 1, 1971
Ages: 8 - 12

2016 Bluestem Award Master List

Little Dog, Lost
Illustrated by: Jennifer A. Bell
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: May 1, 2012
Ages: 8 - 12

From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes the tale of a boy who needs a dog, and a dog who needs a boy—a match made in heaven, if only the two can...

Hatchet
20th Anniversary Edition
Illustrated by: Drew Willis
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: September 25, 2007
Ages: 10 - 14

Since it was first published in 1987, the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson's survival following a plane crash has become a modern classic....

2017 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award Master List

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...

2016 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award Winner

Michael Vey
The Prisoner of Cell 25
(Part of Michael Vey)
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: August 9, 2011

The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling first installment of the action-packed Michael Vey series from author Richard Paul Evans.My name is...

2016 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award Master List

Camo Girl
This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: January 4, 2011
Ages: 8 - 14

Set in a suburb of Las Vegas, Ella and Zachary, called Z, have been friends forever, but Z has always been “the weird kid” in their class. He collects...

2017 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Master List

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

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...

Through the Woods
Illustrated by: Emily Carroll
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: July 15, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation...

100 Sideways Miles
This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: September 2, 2014

Destiny takes a detour in this heartbreakingly hilarious novel with five starred reviews, from the acclaimed author of Winger, which Kirkus Reviews...

2016 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Master List

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

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

Rot & Ruin
(Part of Rot & Ruin)
This edition: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication date: September 14, 2010

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their...

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