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Colorado State Reading Lists

2018 Colorado Book Award

Can an Aardvark Bark?

Illustrated by Steve Jenkins
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: June 13, 2017
Ages: 2 - 8

From award-winning author Melissa Stewart and Caldecott honoree Steve Jenkins comes a noisy nonfiction exploration of the many sounds animals make.Can...

When Dimple Met Rishi

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 30, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

The inspiration for the Netflix original series Mismatched! A New York Times bestseller An NPR Best Book of 2017 A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017 A...

2020 Colorado Book Award Finalist

The Fisherman & the Whale

Illustrated by Jessica Lanan
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Jessica Lanan’s dreamy and dramatic watercolor paintings bring to life a wordless story about wonder in the natural world.A fisherman takes his son for...

Truman

Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: July 09, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s book of 2019 A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 A School Library Journal Best...

There's Something about Sweetie

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 “Adorable, joyous.” —BuzzFeed “I’m head-over-heels for this charming, funny, romantic, life-affirming book.” —Becky...

2019 Colorado Blue Spruce YA Award

Scythe

(Book #1 of Arc of a Scythe)
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: November 22, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New...

2019 Colorado Book Award

500 Words or Less

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers “Compelling.” —School Library Journal “Moving.” —Publishers Weekly “Poignant.” —Kirkus...

2020 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award Shortlist

Nighttime Symphony

This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

The sounds of the city at night create a lively lullaby in this melodious bedtime story from superstar producer and musician Timbaland, Caldecott...