California State Reading Lists

2017 California Young Reader Medal Winner

Keeper of the Lost Cities

This edition: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publication date: August 6, 2013
Ages: 8 - 12

A New York Times bestselling series A USA TODAY bestselling series A California Young Reader Medal–winning series In this riveting debut, a telepathic...

2017 - 2018 California Young Reader Medal Nominee

Gaston

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...

2016 - 2017 California Young Reader Medal Nominee

Keeper of the Lost Cities

This edition: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publication date: August 6, 2013
Ages: 8 - 12

A New York Times bestselling series A USA TODAY bestselling series A California Young Reader Medal–winning series In this riveting debut, a telepathic...

2015 - 2016 California Young Reader Medal Nominee

Creepy Carrots!

Illustrated by Peter Brown
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 21, 2012
Ages: 4 - 8

In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get...

The Tree Lady

The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 17, 2013
Ages: 5 - 10

Unearth the true story of green-thumbed pioneer and activist Kate Sessions, who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city...

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...

Ghost Hawk

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Ages: 10 - 14

From Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper, a story of adventure and friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler.On the...

2017 Eureka Excellence in Nonfiction Gold Award

Pocket Full of Colors

The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire
Illustrated by Brigette Barrager
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 29, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville, and Brigette Barrager team up to tell the joyful and unique story of the trailblazing Disney artist Mary...

Muddy

The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters
Illustrated by Evan Turk
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 5, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

An Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winner A New York Times Best Illustrated Book An NPR Best Book of the Year A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book A Parents’ Choice...

ABCs from Space

A Discovered Alphabet
Photographs by Adam Voiland
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 29, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

A Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine Best Book of 2017 A 2018 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Titles “Twenty or so years from now, we may point to this...

2016 Eureka Excellence in Nonfiction Gold Award

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...

I Dissent

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make...

Miss Mary Reporting

The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber
Illustrated by C. F. Payne
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 16, 2016
Ages: 5 - 8

“A lively, memorable biography for younger readers.” —Booklist (starred review) “A reminder of the value of telling people’s stories, whether pro...

2017 Eureka Excellence in Nonfiction Honor Book

The Youngest Marcher

The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 17, 2017
Ages: 5 - 10

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re...

Skateboards

(Book #1 of Made by Hand)
This edition: Paper Over Board, 32 pages
Publication date: February 7, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

Go behind the scenes and learn how craftsman Jake Eshelman makes one-of-a-kind skateboards by hand with this nonfiction book that’s full of photographs...

The Heart of Everything That Is

Young Readers Edition
Adapted by Kate Waters
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: February 7, 2017
Ages: 10 - 99

From bestselling authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin comes the epic, untold story one of the most powerful Sioux warriors of all time, Red Cloud—now...

2016 Eureka Excellence in Nonfiction Honor Book

Fashion Rebels

Style Icons Who Changed the World through Fashion
This edition: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Get to know the women who’ve wielded the power of fashion and brought about change with this illustrated biography that features twenty-five of...

The Distance Between Us

Young Readers Edition
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Ages: 10 - 14

Award-winning author Reyna Grande shares her compelling experience of crossing borders and cultures in this middle grade adaptation of her...

Lift Your Light a Little Higher

The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Grab your lantern and follow the remarkable and world-famous Mammoth Cave explorer—and slave—Stephen Bishop as he guides you through the world’s...

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
Illustrated by Gilbert Ford
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind...

Octopuses One to Ten

Illustrated by Robin Page
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 27, 2016
Ages: 2 - 8

Dive into this fascinating counting journey through the amazing and mysterious world of octopuses.Everyone knows octopuses have eight arms. But did you...

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

“A finely told, beautifully illustrated biography that saves a world class scientist from obscurity.” —School Library Journal, starred review “An ideal...

2016 Westchester Fiction 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...

The Scorpion Rules

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

The children of world leaders are held hostage in an attempt to keep the peace in this “slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews,...

2016 Westchester Fiction Award Honorable Mention

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...