New Jersey State Reading Lists

2016 Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee

Hello, Nebulon!
(Part of Galaxy Zack)
Illustrated by: Colin Jack
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: April 2, 2013
Ages: 5 - 7

Get to know Galaxy Zack—and his new home planet!—in this start to an out-of-this-world illustrated chapter book series.In Hello, Nebulon!, Zack makes...

Daredevil
The Daring Life of Betty Skelton
Illustrated by: Meghan McCarthy
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 4, 2013
Ages: 4 - 8

A riveting picture book biography of Betty Skelton, aviation and auto racing pioneer, from award-winning author/illustrator Megan McCarthy.In the 1930s...

22nd Annual Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee

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...

Afterworlds
This edition: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publication date: September 23, 2014

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld comes a smart, thought-provoking novel-within-a-novel that you won’t be able to put...

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...

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
(Part of To All the Boys I've Loved Before)
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Ages: 12 - 99

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE! Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times...

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...

21st Annual Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee

Better Nate Than Ever
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...

The Thing About Luck
Illustrated by: Julia Kuo
This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: June 4, 2013
Ages: 10 - 14

The winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. There is bad luck, good luck, and making...

Smoke
This edition: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publication date: September 10, 2013

Pattyn’s father is dead. Now she’s on the run in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Burned.Pattyn Von Stratten’s father is dead,...

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

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...

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