Minnesota State Reading Lists

2017 Minnesota Book Award Nominee

Yellow Time
Illustrated by: Lauren Stringer
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Ages: 0 - 8

Lauren Stringer celebrates the coming of autumn in this exuberant, joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals...

Little Cat's Luck
Illustrated by: Jennifer A. Bell
This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: February 9, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes a heartwarming novel in verse that’s a companion to the “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred...

2017 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Honor Book

The Night Gardener
Illustrated by: Terry Fan and Eric Fan
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: February 16, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

In the spirit of Goodnight Moon and The Curious Garden comes a stunning debut picture book filled with whimsy and creativity from brothers Terry and...

2017 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book 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 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book Award

Please, Open This Book!
Illustrated by: Matthew Forsythe
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 6, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Recipient of the 2016 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award. They told you, but you just couldn’t listen—so the creators of Warning: Do Not Open This Book!...

2016 Comstock-Gag Read Aloud Honor Book

Tucky Jo and Little Heart
Illustrated by: Patricia Polacco
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Friendship, loyalty, and kindness stand the test of time in this heartwarming World War II–era picture book based on a true story from the beloved...

2016 - 2017 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Nominee

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...

Doll Bones
Illustrated by: Eliza Wheeler
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Ages: 10 - 14

Discover the Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones, from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School...