Missouri State Reading Lists

2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee

Simon's New Bed
Illustrated by: Melissa van der Paardt
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Simon’s new dog bed has been claimed by…a cat?! Laughter, scheming, and cuddles ensue in this fun naptime tale you’ll want to share, from debut author...

2016 - 2017 Show Me Readers Award Nominee

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...

Mogie
The Heart of the House
Illustrated by: Marc Rosenthal
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 10, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Mogie is a real-life Labradoodle with a special talent: he always knows just what a sick kid needs! Get to know this passionate pup with this story by...

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...

2017 - 2018 Mark Twain Readers Award Nominee

The Only Game
(Part of Home Team)
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: February 17, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Can a young baseball star maintain his love of the game after the loss of his brother? Find out in this start to the Home Team series about a small...

Webster
Tale of an Outlaw
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: November 3, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

A cynical shelter dog learns to let down his guard and form a new animal family in this heartwarming and humorous friendship story from the author of...

2016 - 2017 Mark Twain Readers Award Nominee

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...

2016 - 2017 Truman Readers Award Nominee

Falls the Shadow
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: September 16, 2014

Cate’s sister may be a clone, but that doesn’t make her a killer. Does it? Murder, morality, and a slow-burning romance fill the pages of this...

2017 - 2018 Gateway Readers Award Nominee

Ruthless
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: July 14, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a...

2016 - 2017 Gateway Readers Award Nominee

Call Me By My Name
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: May 6, 2014

From former football star and bestselling author John Ed Bradley comes a searing look at love, life, and football in the face of racial adversity....

Since You've Been Gone
This edition: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication date: May 6, 2014

Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever in this new novel from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and...

2015 - 2016 Gateway Readers Award Nominee

The Program
(Part of Program)
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: April 30, 2013

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.Sloane knows better than to cry in...

Winger
Illustrated by: Sam Bosma
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Ages: 12 - 99

A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel.Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a...

2016 New Books for Missouri Students (MSTA Reading Circle)

The Baby Swap
Illustrated by: Andrew Joyner
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: February 17, 2015
Ages: 3 - 6

A jealous big sister learns a very loving lesson in this warm and funny picture book about sibling rivalry, featuring charming text and retro-nostalgic...

Fetch
Illustrated by: Jorey Hurley
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 3, 2015
Ages: 3 - 7

Experience the simple joy of a dog’s day at the beach in this vibrant picture book from the acclaimed author-illustrator of Nest, which the New York...

I Don't Like Koala
Illustrated by: Charles Santoso
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: April 14, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

What’s not to love about a cute, cuddly...creepy toy koala? This is the story of a boy and the stuffed animal he just can’t seem to shake.Adam does not...

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...

We Forgot Brock!
Illustrated by: Carter Goodrich
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

The importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for...

Bear and Squirrel Are Friends . . . Yes, Really!
Illustrated by: Deb Pilutti
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 15, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Yes, bears sometimes eat squirrels. But can they still be friends? Find out in this clever picture book that’s perfect for preschoolers.The other bears...

A Chicken Followed Me Home!
Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl
Illustrated by: Robin Page
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 19, 2015
Ages: 5 - 10

Why did the chicken cross the road? To follow you home! Learn all about a not-so-basic bird in this delightful nonfiction picture book.What’s that? A...

In the Canyon
Illustrated by: Ashley Wolff
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 18, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Pull on your hiking boots and get ready to see the magnificent Grand Canyon! From the author of the Caldecott Honoree All the World, here is a...

My Story, My Dance
Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey
Foreword by: Robert Battle / Illustrated by: James E. Ransome
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: October 27, 2015
Ages: 5 - 10

“In James E. Ransome’s realistic pastel portraits, Battle, his family and his teachers all seem lit from within.” —The New York Times Book Review “An...

The Popcorn Astronauts
And Other Biteable Rhymes
Illustrated by: Joan Rankin
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 24, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Take a bite out of the calendar with this cheerful collection of delicious seasonal poems, each one an ode to a favorite food!The daring popcorn...

Samurai Santa
A Very Ninja Christmas
(Part of Samurai Holiday)
Illustrated by: Rubin Pingk
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

A young ninja wants a snowball fight for Christmas, and he just might get his holiday wish in this picture book with graphic novel–inspired...

Where Are My Books?
Illustrated by: Debbie Ridpath Ohi
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 12, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

A boy investigates a squirrelly situation to track down his missing stories in this charming ode to book lovers of all kinds.Spencer loves to read. He...

Yeti and the Bird
Illustrated by: Nadia Shireen
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: February 24, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Even hairy, scary monsters need friends! This heartwarming tale of unlikely playmates features bright artwork and a sweet message from the...

The Blackthorn Key
(Part of 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...

Enchanted Air
Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Illustrated by: Edel Rodriguez
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree,...

Ancient Egypt
(Part of Ken Jennings’ Junior Genius Guides)
Illustrated by: Mike Lowery
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: September 15, 2015
Ages: 8 - 10

Travel back in time to the age of the pyramids with this interactive trivia book from Jeopardy! winner and New York Times bestselling author Ken...

The Only Game
(Part of Home Team)
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: February 17, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Can a young baseball star maintain his love of the game after the loss of his brother? Find out in this start to the Home Team series about a small...

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...

Story Thieves
(Part of Story Thieves)
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: January 20, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

A hilarious, action-packed New York Times bestselling series launches with a story-within-a-story, from the author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy.Life...

This Side of Wild
Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs
Illustrated by: Tim Jessell
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Ages: 10 - 99

Longlisted for the National Book Award The Newbery Honor–winning author of Hatchet and Dogsong shares surprising true stories about his relationship...

Three More Words
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: June 30, 2015

In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the...

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...

Anastasia and Her Sisters
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: April 7, 2015

There’s a heavy price to pay for royalty in this compelling—and true—story of Anastasia Romanov and fellow grand duchesses of Russia, from an...

The Bargaining
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: February 17, 2015

The Shining meets The Conjuring in this scary and suspenseful novel “akin to old Stephen King novels” (School Library Journal).The fact that neither of...

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...

Hit
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: April 14, 2015

In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling dystopian thriller.No one reads the fine print. The...

In a World Just Right
This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: April 28, 2015

Worlds collide in romantic, unexpected, and heartbreaking ways in this “picture-perfect” (VOYA, starred review) debut novel about a young man with a...

The Last Leaves Falling
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: June 2, 2015

A teen grapples with ALS and his decision to die in this devastatingly beautiful debut novel infused with the haunting grace of samurai death poetry...

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