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Connecticut State Reading Lists

2019 Nutmeg Book 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 Nutmeg Book Award

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...

2020 Nutmeg Book Award

Long Way Down

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 24, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is...

2021 Nutmeg Book Award Nominee

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...

The World Is Not a Rectangle

A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
Illustrated by Jeanette Winter
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: August 22, 2017
Ages: 5 - 10

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2017 Parents’ Choice Recommended Get to know Zaha Hadid in this nonfiction picture book about the famed...

Game Changers

The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Illustrated by James E. Ransome
This edition: Fixed Layout eBook, 48 pages
Publication date: July 03, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

An ALA Notable Book “Every page is splashed with vibrant color and eye-catching patterns, and the figures of the women themselves are full of energy,...

The Nowhere Girls

This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: October 10, 2017
Ages: 14 - 99

“A call-to-action to everyone out there who wants to fight back.” —Bustle “Subversive anti-sexism—just try to put it down.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred...

A Heart in a Body in the World

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: September 18, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

“This is one for the ages.” —Gayle Forman, author of the #1 bestseller If I Stay “A book everyone should read right now.” —The New York Times Book...

Framed!

(Book #1 of Framed!)
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: August 23, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small...

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 10, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery.Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled...