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Minnesota State Reading Lists

2017 - 2018 Star of the North Picture Book Award

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...

2020 Star of the North Picture Book Award Nominee

The Honeybee

Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: May 08, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author...

2018 - 2019 Maurd Hart Lovelace Award Honor Title

Ghost

(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...

2020 Maud Hart Lovelace Award Honor Title

Framed!

(Book #1 of Framed!)
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: August 23, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small...

Cyclone

Illustrated by Debra Sfetsios-Conover
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: May 16, 2017
Ages: 9 - 13

Nora’s whole world plummets faster than the Cyclone roller coaster when her cousin Riley falls into a coma that Nora thinks is her fault in this warm,...

2020 Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee

Amina's Voice

(Part of Amina's Voice)
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: March 14, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2017 “For inspiring empathy in young readers, you can’t get better than this book.” —R. J. Palacio, author of...

2020 Comstock Read Aloud Book Award

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 Scott...