Connecticut State Reading Lists

2019 Nutmeg Book Award Nominee

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,...

OCDaniel

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: April 12, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

EDGAR AWARD WINNER FOR BEST MYSTERY BANK STREET BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SILVER BIRCH AWARD WINNER “Complex and satisfying. Written from Daniel’s point of...

Ghost

(Book #1 of Track)
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Ghost...

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...

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...

Super Turbo Saves the Day!

(Book #1 of Super Turbo)
Illustrated by George O'Connor
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: December 20, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

He’s not just the class pet hamster, he’s SUPER TURBO! In this brand-new series that’s packed with adventure, Captain Awesome’s loyal sidekick is the...

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...

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...

2018 Nutmeg Book Award Nominee

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...

We Are the Ants

This edition: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication date: January 19, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

From the “author to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand-new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or...

The Way I Used to Be

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: March 22, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

A New York Times bestseller! In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles...

Traffick

This edition: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publication date: November 3, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Tricks from...

The Last Boy at St. Edith's

(Part of MAX)
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: February 23, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

A seventh grade prankster is determined to escape the all-girls academy where he’s the only boy—by getting expelled—in this “spectacular debut” (Kirkus...

The Boy in the Black Suit

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

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...

2017 Nutmeg Book Award Nominee

Lulu's Mysterious Mission

(Part of The Lulu Series)
Illustrated by Kevin Cornell
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 6 - 10

This irresistible third illustrated chapter book starring Judith Viorst’s Lulu is full of hilarious hijinks, delightful twists, and a top-secret...

Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Gets Cooking!

Illustrated by Preston McDaniels
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: November 4, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

Chemistry in the kitchen? Phineas L. MacGuire applies his science skills to culinary creations in this food-tastic tale from the bestselling author of...

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...

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 Nutmeg Book Award Nominee

Waiting for the Magic

Illustrated by Amy June Bates
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2011
Ages: 8 - 12

People may drift apart But love can hold them together. Sometimes we find that love through magic – Sometimes that magic is all around us.This is a...

Better Nate Than Ever

(Part of Nate)
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...

The Sea of Tranquility

A Novel
This edition: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publication date: June 4, 2013

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013An ALA/YALSA Alex Award WinnerI live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no...

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: February 21, 2012
Ages: 12 - 99

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison....

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...