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Missouri State Reading Lists

2018-2019 Gateway Readers Award


(Book #1 of Arc of a Scythe)
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: November 22, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the...

2020 - 2021 Gateway Readers Award Final Nominee


This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: October 02, 2018
Ages: 12 - 99

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harro...

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 - 2021 Show Me Readers Award Final Nominee

Love, Z

Illustrated by Jessie Sima
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: December 18, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.”When a small robot named Z discovers a ...

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...

2020 - 2021 Truman Reader Award Final Nominee

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.”—Dashk...

2020 - 2021 Mark Twain Reader Award Final Nominee


This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 30, 2018
Ages: 8 - 12

Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winni...

The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: June 12, 2018
Ages: 8 - 12

A ten-year-old girl is determined to find her missing neighbor, but the answers lead her to places and people she never expected—and maybe even one...

2020 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Nominee

Fear the Bunny

Illustrated by Priscilla Burris
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 05, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Bunnies—not tigers—rule the forest in this adorable take on William Blake’s classic poem. Bunnies, bunnies, burning bright In the forests of the ni...

Pokko and the Drum

Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
This edition: Hardcover, 64 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Four starred reviews! A Today Show Best Book of the Year An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe com...