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Maryland State Reading Lists

2020 - 2021 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee

Journey of the Pale Bear

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 02, 2018
Ages: 8 - 12

A runaway boy befriends a polar bear that’s being transported from Norway to London in this lyrical and timeless adventure story about freedom, cap...

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation

(Part of Charlie Thorne)
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

“Fast-paced, smart, and action-packed...a real page-burner.” —Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestelling author of the Mr. Lemoncello’s Librar...

Maybe He Just Likes You

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A 2020 ALA Notable Children’s Book A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019 Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade a...

The Last to Let Go

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: February 06, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

“Heartwrenching.” —VOYA (starred review) “Beautiful, captivating prose.” —RT Book Reviews A twisted tragedy leaves Brooke and her siblings on their...

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 memo...

Sulwe

Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: October 15, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

A New York Times bestseller! Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices! Recipient of a Coretta S...

2020 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award

Sisters

Venus & Serena Williams
Illustrated by Jeanette Winter
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: April 02, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Celebrated picture book biographer Jeanette Winter shares the story of champion tennis players—and sisters—Venus and Serena Williams.Before they we...

2020 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Honor Book

Mia Mayhem Stops Time!

(Book #5 of Mia Mayhem)
Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: September 24, 2019
Ages: 5 - 9

Mia learns to control time in this fifth adventure of the Mia Mayhem chapter book series!When Mia first learned she had superpowers, there was one ...