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Michigan State Reading Lists

2019 - 2020 Great Lakes Great Books Master List

Major Monster Mess

Illustrated by Victor Rivas
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: December 11, 2018
Ages: 5 - 9

It’s Desmond and Andres versus creepy monster lunch ladies in the sixth book of the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol series!Usually the cafeteria is where...

A Heart in a Body in the World

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: September 18, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

“This is one for the ages.” —Gayle Forman, author of the #1 bestseller If I Stay “A book everyone should read right now.” —The New York Times Book ...

2020 Mitten Award Top Ten Title


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...

Bloom Boom!

Photographs by April Pulley Sayre
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 05, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover the magic—and the science—behind spring flower blooms with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll, Best in Snow, and Full of Fall...


Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: July 09, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s book of 2019 A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 A School Library Journal Best...

2020 Thumbs Up! Award Top Ten Title

Brave Face

A Memoir
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: May 21, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

“[P]rofound…a triumph—a full-throated howl to the moon to remind us why we choose to survive and thrive.” —Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestsellin...

How We Became Wicked

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: July 23, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

When an insect-borne plague begins to envelop the world, three sixteen-year-olds struggle to survive amongst the healthy “trues” and the infected “...


This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 24, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019! “Gripping and timely.” —People “The YA debut we’re most excited for this year.” —Entertainment Weekly “A boo...

2020 YouPer Award Top Ten Title

Genesis Begins Again

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: January 15, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A Newbery Honor Book Winner of the Correta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award A Morris Award Finalist An NPR Favorite Book of 2...