Michigan State Reading Lists

2017 - 2018 Great Lakes Great Books Master List

Pond
Illustrated by: Jim LaMarche
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

“A loving portrayal of a never-forgotten connection with the natural world.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “It’s a powerful vision of making one’s...

Ada's Violin
The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Illustrated by: Sally Wern Comport
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an...

You Can Fly
The Tuskegee Airmen
This edition: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 9 - 12

Award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford’s innovative history in verse celebrates the story of the Tuskegee Airmen: pioneering African-American...

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea
Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
Illustrated by: Raúl Colón
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 5, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Filled with gorgeous illustrations by acclaimed artist Raúl Colón, this illustrated biography shares the story of female scientist, Marie Tharp, a...

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...

Paper Hearts
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this...

2016 - 2017 Great Lakes Great Books Master List

Logan Pryce Makes a Mess
(Part of Tales from Maple Ridge)
Illustrated by: Petra Brown
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: April 7, 2015
Ages: 5 - 9

Meet Logan Pryce, an eight-year-old boy whose family hardships are made better by his small-town community in this start to a wholesome series that’s...

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...

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...

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...

Violent Ends
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, seventeen of the most recognizable YA writers—including Shaun David Hutchinson, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Beth...

2015 - 2016 Great Lakes Great Books Award Winner

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...

My Explosive Diary
(Part of Eliza Boom)
Illustrated by: Joelle Dreidemy
This edition: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publication date: July 15, 2014
Ages: 6 - 9

Meet Eliza Boom—assistant inventor, junior spy, and full-on fantastic—as she tells all in this first book of a chapter book series packed with jokes,...

2015 - 2016 Great Lakes Great Books Master List

Mama Built a Little Nest
Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 18, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies, illustrated by a Caldecott Honoree.Mama built a little...

One Big Pair of Underwear
(Part of Classic Board Books)
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 9, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Count and share with…underwear! Come along on a zany adventure with hilarious pictures from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight,...

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...

Fly Away
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 7 - 99

From the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall comes a story about one brave girl who saves her family from losing everything.Everyone...

The Scraps Book
Notes from a Colorful Life
Illustrated by: Lois Ehlert
This edition: Hardcover, 72 pages
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Ages: 5 - 10

The renowned Caldecott Honoree and illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom provides a moving, intimate, and inspiring inside look at her colorful...

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...

Absolutely Truly
(Part of A Pumpkin Falls Mystery)
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: November 4, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

An unsent letter in a first edition copy of Charlotte’s Web leads to a hunt for treasure in this heartwarming middle grade mystery from the author of...

Ali
An American Champion
This edition: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

The impressive life story of Muhammad Ali is interwoven with vital moments in American history in this visually stunning, full-color biography.The...

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,...

2016 Thumbs Up! Award Winner

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...

2016 Thumbs Up! Master List

The Nest
Illustrated by: Jon Klassen
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: October 6, 2015
Ages: 10 - 99

“The Nest leaves a lasting mark on the memory.” —The New York Times Book Review Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the...

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