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Kentucky State Reading Lists

2018 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Winner


(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...

2017 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List Selection

Old Wolf

By Avi
Illustrated by Brian Floca
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: August 04, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Hunting—the predator and its prey—is at the heart of this riveting and suspenseful novel from Newbery Medalist Avi with illustrations from Caldecott...

Tucky Jo and Little Heart

Illustrated by Patricia Polacco
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Friendship, loyalty, and kindness stand the test of time in this heartwarming World War II–era picture book based on a true story from the beloved...

The Nest

Illustrated by Jon Klassen
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: October 06, 2015
Ages: 10 - 99

“The Nest leaves a lasting mark on the memory.” —The New York Times Book Review Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the...

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...

2016 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List Selection

Blue on Blue

Illustrated by Beth Krommes
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: December 09, 2014
Ages: 5 - 8

Discover the joys of a wild rainstorm in this poetic picture book, illustrated by a Caldecott Medalist.Join a farming family as they experience the...


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...

Mama Built a Little Nest

Illustrated by Steve Jenkins
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 18, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies, illustrated by a Caldecott Honoree.Mama built a little...

The Boundless

Illustrated by Jim Tierney
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: April 22, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

All aboard for an action-packed escapade from the internationally bestselling author of Airborne and the Silverwing trilogy.The Boundless, the greatest...


This edition: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publication date: October 07, 2014

“Reeled out with the chilling calmness of a Hitchcock film, Above haunts as it illuminates. Deftly told, this tale of human resilience in the face of...