Wisconsin State Reading Lists

2017 Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List

Sara Lost and Found
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: February 9, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Sisters Anna and Sara must rely on each other for strength as they face being separated by the foster care system in this heartwrenching tale of...

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...

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: June 28, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

From the critically acclaimed author of Anything But Typical comes a touching look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September 11, 2001,...

Maybe a Fox
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: March 8, 2016
Ages: 10 - 14

Worlds collide in a spectacular way when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times...

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...

The Diabolic
(Part of The Diabolic)
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: November 1, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

“The perfect kind of high-pressure adventure.” —TeenVogue.com A New York Times bestseller! Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about...

As Brave As You
This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

Kirkus Award Finalist Schneider Family Book Award Winner Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are,...

Some Kind of Happiness
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 17, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Reality and fantasy collide in this heartfelt and mysterious novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Bridge to Terabithia, about a girl who must save a...

A Tiger Tail
(Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School)
Illustrated by: Mike Boldt
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: July 5, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From the creative mind of rising star Mike Boldt comes a hilarious and original tale about overcoming back-to-school jitters, making new friends, and...

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...

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...

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

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

Oh No, Astro!
Illustrated by: Brad Woodard
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: April 19, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Asteroids! Planets! Astronauts! In this charming debut picture book, a grumpy asteroid named Astro is thrown out of orbit and takes an unexpected...

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...

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...

A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
Illustrated by: Lucy Ruth Cummins
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 15, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

“So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time. Sheesh.” —Caldecott medal and honor winner, Jon Klassen. Once upon a time there was a hungry...

Freedom Over Me
Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Illustrated by: Ashley Bryan
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 6 - 10

Newbery Honor Book Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book Using original slave auction and plantation estate...

Best in Snow
Photographer: April Pulley Sayre
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 11, 2016
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover the wonderful world of snow with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll!With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April...

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...

2016 Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List

Earmuffs for Everyone!
How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs
Illustrated by: Meghan McCarthy
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

As a young boy, Chester Greenwood went from having cold ears to becoming a great inventor in this nonfiction picture book from the acclaimed...

Float
Illustrated by: Daniel Miyares
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 9, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

A boy’s small paper boat—and his large imagination—fill the pages of this wordless picture book, a modern-day classic from the creator of Pardon Me!...

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...

I Thought This Was a Bear Book
Illustrated by: Benji Davies
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Ages: 4 - 7

When an alien crashes into the story of “The Three Little Bears,” it’s a laugh-out-loud adventure and a classic storybook mash-up!After an unfortunate...

One Word from Sophia
Illustrated by: Yasmeen Ismail
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 16, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything in this playfully illustrated story about the nuances of...

Raindrops Roll
Photographs by: April Pulley Sayre
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Firefly Hollow
Illustrated by: Christopher Denise
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: August 18, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel...

The Great Good Summer
This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: May 5, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Ivy and Paul hatch a secret plan to find Ivy’s missing mom and say good-bye to the space shuttle in this evocative, heartfelt novel reminiscent of Each...

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...

Old Wolf
By Avi
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Hunting—the predator and its prey—is at the heart of this riveting and suspenseful novel from Newbery Medalist Avi with illustrations from Caldecott...

Red Butterfly
Illustrated by: Amy June Bates
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: February 3, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

A young orphaned girl in modern-day China discovers the meaning of family in this inspiring story told in verse, in the tradition of Inside Out and...

Ruby on the Outside
This edition: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publication date: June 16, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Ruby’s mom is in prison, and to tell anyone the truth is to risk true friendship in this novel from the author of The Summer Before Boys that...

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...

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 Wolf Wilder
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

A girl and the wolves who love her embark on a rescue mission through Russian wilderness in this lyrical tale from the author of the acclaimed...

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