Minnesota State Reading Lists

2018 Minnesota Book Award Nominee

The Shape of the World

A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright
Illustrated by Lauren Stringer
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 5, 2017
Ages: 5 - 10

A little boy who loves to find shapes in nature grows up to be one of America’s greatest architects in this inspiring biography of Frank Lloyd...

2017 Minnesota Book Award Nominee

Yellow Time

Illustrated by Lauren Stringer
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Ages: 0 - 8

Lauren Stringer celebrates the coming of autumn in this exuberant, joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals...

Little Cat's Luck

Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: February 9, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes a heartwarming novel in verse that’s a companion to the “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred...

2018 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Honor Book

The Youngest Marcher

The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 17, 2017
Ages: 5 - 10

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re...

Pocket Full of Colors

The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire
Illustrated by Brigette Barrager
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 29, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville, and Brigette Barrager team up to tell the joyful and unique story of the trailblazing Disney artist Mary...

2017 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Honor Book

The Night Gardener

Illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: February 16, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

In the spirit of Goodnight Moon and The Curious Garden comes a stunning debut picture book filled with whimsy and creativity from brothers Terry and...

2017 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book Award

It Came in the Mail

Illustrated by Ben Clanton
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 21, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From the author-illustrator of Something Extraordinary comes a tale filled with dragons, pickles, friendship, and lots of mail—perfect for fans of Mo...

2016 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book Award

Please, Open This Book!

Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 6, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Recipient of the Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book Award They told you, but you just couldn’t listen—so the creators of Warning: Do Not Open This Book! are...

2016 Comstock-Gag Read Aloud Honor Book

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...

2016 - 2017 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Nominee

Better Nate Than Ever

(Part of Nate)
This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Ages: 9 - 13

“The Nate series by Tim Federle is a wonderful evocation of what it’s like to be a theater kid. Highly recommended.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and...

Doll Bones

Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Ages: 10 - 14

Discover the Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones, from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School...