Georgia State Reading Lists

2018 - 2019 Georgia Children's Picturebook Award Nominee

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...

Not Quite Narwhal

Illustrated by Jessie Sima
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 14, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

In the tradition of Uni the Unicorn and Gaston, this heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under...

2018 Georgia Children's Picturebook Award

It Came in the Mail

Illustrated by Ben Clanton
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 21, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From the author-illustrator of Something Extraordinary comes a tale filled with dragons, pickles, friendship, and lots of mail—perfect for fans of Mo...

2016 - 2017 Georgia Children's Picturebook Award Nominee

The Farmer and the Clown

Illustrated by Marla Frazee
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from...

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!...

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...

2015 - 2016 Georgia Children's Picturebook Award Nominee

All Different Now

Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom
Illustrated by E.B. Lewis
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Ages: 5 - 9

Experience the joy of Juneteenth in this celebration of freedom from the award-winning team of Angela Johnson and E.B. Lewis.Through the eyes of one...

Draw!

Illustrated by Raúl Colón
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination.A...

Grandfather Gandhi

Illustrated by Evan Turk
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: March 11, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly...

Henri's Scissors

Illustrated by Jeanette Winter
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Ages: 5 - 8

Step into the colorful world of Henri Matisse and his magnificent paper cutouts!In a small weaving town in France, a young boy named Henri-Emile...

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...

2018 - 2019 Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee

Karma Khullar's Mustache

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: August 15, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

“Kristi Wientge deftly captures the turmoil of adolescence.” —Us Weekly Debut author Kristi Wientge tackles the uncomfortable—but all too...

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...

2016 - 2017 Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee

Half a World Away

This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: September 2, 2014
Ages: 10 - 14

A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata,...

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...

2018 - 2019 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee

When Dimple Met Rishi

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

A New York Times bestseller An NPR Best Book of 2017 A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017 A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2017 A School Library Journal...

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...

Mars One

This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: April 4, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

Go on the adventure of a lifetime with a teen and his family after they are selected to colonize Mars in this thrilling new novel from multiple Bram...

2017 - 2018 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Honor

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...

2017 - 2018 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee

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...

2016 - 2017 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee

Dime

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: May 26, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

The realities of teen prostitution are revealed in this eye-opening, heartbreaking story from the author of America, which Booklist called “a piercing,...

2015 - 2016 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee

When I Was the Greatest

Photographer Michael Frost
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: January 7, 2014
Ages: 12 - 99

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant...

2016 - 2017 Georgia Tome Society It List

The Blackthorn Key

(Book #1 of The 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...

MiNRS

(Book #1 of MiNRS)
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

A boy and his friends must find a way to survive in the mining tunnels after their new space colony is attacked in this gritty action-adventure novel,...