Maryland State Reading Lists

2017 - 2018 Black-Eyed Susan 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...

Ida, Always
Illustrated by: Charles Santoso
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 23, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

A beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bears.Gus lives in a big park in the middle of 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...

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...

Ghost
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...

2016 - 2017 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee

The Map Trap
Illustrated by: Dan Andreasen
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: July 22, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

This map-tastic middle grade story from Andrew Clements gives the phrase “uncharted territory” a whole new meaning!Alton Barnes loves maps. He’s loved...

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...

No Summit out of Sight
The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Ages: 12 - 99

Jordan Romero climbed Mount Everest at age thirteen—and he didn’t stop there. In this inspiring young adult memoir, he tells how he achieved such great...

2015 - 2016 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee

The Tooth Fairy Wars
Illustrated by: Jake Parker
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: July 15, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

It’s the Tooth Fairy against Nathan, a boy who’d rather keep his tooth than get the cash, thank you very much!Nathan’s lost his first tooth! And he’s...

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,...

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...

The Boy on the Wooden Box
How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Ages: 9 - 14

In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to...

Noggin
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTTravis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age...

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