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Kentucky State Reading Lists

2020 - 2021 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List

Lifeboat 12

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 04, 2018
Ages: 8 - 13

“This page-turning true-life adventure is filled with rich and riveting details and a timeless understanding of the things that matter most.”—Dashka...

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 must...

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows

(Book #1 of Charlie Hernández)
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: October 23, 2018
Ages: 10 - 14

“This is a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan’s many series, particularly for those eager for mythologies beyond Greek and Roman stories.”...

Look Both Ways

A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Illustrated by Alexander Nabaum
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: October 08, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

A National Book Award Finalist Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Carnegie Medal winner An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s...

Price of Duty

This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: July 17, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

From award-winning author Todd Strasser comes a gripping new novel that explores the struggles of war, the price paid by those who fight in them, and...

The Remember Balloons

Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 28, 2018
Ages: 5 - 9

A 2019 Schneider Family Award Honor Book! What’s Happening to Grandpa meets Up in this tender, sensitive picture book that gently explains the memory...

Our Flag Was Still There

The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner
Illustrated by Jessie Hartland
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: May 21, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

A Bank Street Best Book of the Year “So much to like about this, including the folk art–style artwork with childlike appeal, the emphasis on the women...

Nobody Hugs a Cactus

Illustrated by Carter Goodrich
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: April 16, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Celebrated artist and lead character designer of Brave, Ratatouille, and Despicable Me, Carter Goodrich, shows that sometimes, even the prickliest...

Fly!

Illustrated by Mark Teague
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Ages: 0 - 8

“Teague proves that a picture can be worth a thousand words—and almost as many laughs.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Engaging illustrations and...

Skyscraper

Illustrated by Jorey Hurley
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 22, 2019
Ages: 3 - 7

“Hurley’s book is as sleek and modern as its subject.” –Booklist “Kids will leave with a solid foundation about the immensity of large-scale...