Skip to Main Content

Iowa State Reading Lists

2019 - 2020 Goldfinch Award Nominee

Creepy Pair of Underwear!

(Part of Creepy Tales!)
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...

2019 - 2020 Iowa Children's Choice Book Award Nominee

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 lunar...

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 thri...

2020 - 2021 Iowa Children's Choice Book Award Nominee

The Rhino in Right Field

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: July 10, 2018
Ages: 8 - 12

“Laugh-out-loud fun…A winner in every way.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Funny and good-hearted.” —Publishers Weekly A boy who loves baseball ...

2019 - 2020 Iowa High School Book Award Nominee

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 Na...

2020 - 2021 Iowa High School Book Award Nominee


This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: October 02, 2018
Ages: 12 - 99

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harro...

2019 - 2020 Iowa Teen Book Award Nominee

Some Kind of Happiness

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 17, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Reality and fantasy collide in this heartfelt and mysterious novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Bridge to Terabithia, about a girl who must save ...

2020 - 2021 Iowa Teen Book Award Nominee

Five Feet Apart

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: November 20, 2018
Ages: 12 - 99

Now a major motion picture starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson! Goodreads Choice Winner, Best Young Adult Fiction of 2019 A YALSA 2020 Q...