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Iowa State Reading Lists

2018 - 2019 Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List

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 Map Trap

Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: July 22, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

This map-tastic middle grade story from Andrew Clements gives the phrase “uncharted territory” a whole new meaning!Alton Barnes loves maps. He’s loved...

The Contract

This edition: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

The debut book in the New York Times bestselling Contract series, The Contract is a middle grade baseball novel inspired by the youth of legendary...

2017 - 2018 Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List

The Only Game

(Part of Home Team)
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: February 17, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Can a young baseball star maintain his love of the game after the loss of his brother? Find out in this start to the Home Team series about a small...

Stella by Starlight

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: January 06, 2015
Ages: 9 - 13

Sharon M. Draper presents “storytelling at its finest” (School Library Journal, starred review) in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era novel...

Firefly Hollow

Illustrated by Christopher Denise
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: August 18, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel...

2016 - 2017 Goldfinch Award Nominee


Illustrated by Christian Robinson
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 03, 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...

2016 - 2017 Iowa High School Book Award Reading List

The Program

(Book #1 of Program)
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: April 30, 2013
Ages: 14 - 99

In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only...