Illinois State Reading Lists

2016 Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Book List Selection

As Brave As You

This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

Kirkus Award Finalist Schneider Family Book Award Winner Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are,...

A Case of the Clones

(Book #5 of The DATA Set)
Illustrated by Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

Dr. Bunsen causes some serious double trouble when he creates clones of the DATA Set in this fifth DATA Set adventure.Dr. Bunsen is just trying to...

Don't Disturb the Dinosaurs

(Book #2 of The DATA Set)
Illustrated by Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

The DATA Set find themselves stuck in the prehistoric era in the second adventure of the brand-new series!Thanks to Dr. Bunsen’s latest wacky...

March of the Mini Beasts

(Book #1 of The DATA Set)
Illustrated by Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

Danger! Action! Trouble! Adventure! Introducing The DATA Set, a brand-new chapter book series for young readers.What would happen if your next-door...

Robots Rule the School

(Book #4 of The DATA Set)
Illustrated by Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: July 5, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

In the fourth DATA Set adventure, the DATA Set race to deprogram an army of robots before they take over Newtonberg Elementary School.One morning, Mrs....

The Sky Is Falling

(Book #3 of The DATA Set)
Illustrated by Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: May 24, 2016
Ages: 5 - 9

In the third action-packed adventure of The DATA Set series, Dr. Bunsen uses his newest invention—the Bunsenmunicator 3000—to communicate with...

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...

Freedom Over Me

Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 6 - 10

Newbery Honor Book Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book Using original slave auction and plantation estate...

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...

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...

The Last True Love Story

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

From the critically acclaimed author of The Gospel of Winter and the coauthor of All American Boys comes a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer...

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...

Muslim Girl

A Coming of Age
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: October 18, 2016

A New York Times Editor’s Pick “It is a blunt observation, reflective of the potent message she delivers to her readers, a skillful unraveling of the...

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,...

The Storyteller

Illustrated by Evan Turk
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 28, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From Ezra Jack Keats 2015 New Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as author-illustrator: an original folktale that celebrates...

The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read

Illustrated by Kate Berube
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: July 5, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year “A marvelous debut…Sometimes it takes the right nudge to...

The V-Word

True Stories about First-Time Sex
Compiled by Amber J. Keyser
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: February 2, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

An honest and poignant collection of essays by women about losing their virginity in their teens. The V-Word captures the complexity of this important...

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...

2019 Monarch Award Master List

Creepy Pair of Underwear!

Illustrated by Peter Brown
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 15, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

From the celebrated team behind Creepy Carrots!, Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown, comes a hilarious (and just a little creepy)...

The Night Gardener

Illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: February 16, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

In the spirit of Goodnight Moon and The Curious Garden comes a stunning debut picture book filled with whimsy and creativity from brothers Terry and...

2017 Monarch Award Winner

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...

2017 Monarch Award Master List

Going Places

Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 18, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A go-cart contest inspires imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling...

2019 Bluestem Award Master List

Amina's Voice

This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: March 14, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2017 “For inspiring empathy in young readers, you can’t get better than this book.” —R. J. Palacio, author of...

2017 Bluestem Award Master List

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...

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Illustrated by Zena Bernstein
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: March 1, 1971
Ages: 8 - 12

2016 Bluestem Award Master List

Hatchet

20th Anniversary Edition
Illustrated by Drew Willis
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: September 25, 2007
Ages: 10 - 14

This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure,...

2019 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award Master List

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...

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...

2017 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award Master List

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...

2016 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award Winner

Michael Vey

The Prisoner of Cell 25
(Book #1 of Michael Vey)
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: August 9, 2011
Ages: 12 - 99

The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling first installment of the action-packed Michael Vey series from author Richard Paul Evans.My name is...

2016 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award Master List

Camo Girl

This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: January 4, 2011
Ages: 8 - 14

Set in a suburb of Las Vegas, Ella and Zachary, called Z, have been friends forever, but Z has always been “the weird kid” in their class. He collects...

2019 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Master List

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...

Beartown

A Novel
This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: April 25, 2017

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: LibraryReads • BookBrowse • Goodreads “You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People The bestselling author...

2018 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Master List

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 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Master List

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...

Through the Woods

Illustrated by Emily Carroll
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: July 15, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation...

100 Sideways Miles

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: September 2, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

Destiny takes a detour in this heartbreakingly hilarious novel with five starred reviews, from the acclaimed author of Winger, which Kirkus Reviews...

2016 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Master List

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....

Rot & Ruin

(Book #1 of Rot & Ruin)
This edition: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication date: September 14, 2010
Ages: 12 - 99

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their...