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Pennsylvania State Reading Lists

2018 - 2019 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award

Bulldozer Helps Out

Illustrated by Rohmann, Eric and Eric Rohmann
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 16, 2017
Ages: 4 - 7

A very little bulldozer learns that taking care of kittens is a very big job in this darling follow-up to Bulldozer’s Big Day from award-winning author...

2020 - 2021 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award List

Dancing Hands

How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln
Illustrated by Rafael López
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael...

Puma Dreams

Illustrated by Jim LaMarche
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

“A lovely, beautifully illustrated story of a child's dream fulfilled.” —Kirkus Reviews “Beautifully illustrated with a strong conservation message.”...

You Are Home

An Ode to the National Parks
Illustrated by Evan Turk
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Award-winning author and illustrator Evan Turk showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks in this gorgeous picture book that takes...

Hibernate with Me

Illustrated by Jemima Williams
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 12, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Based on the song of the same name by Benjamin Scheuer, Hibernate with Me is a gentle reminder that no matter how sad, small, or scared you feel, you...

One Dark Bird

Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: July 16, 2019
Ages: 0 - 8

From award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon and celebrated artist Frann Preston-Gannon comes a gorgeously illustrated, lyrical counting book that will...

Trains Run!

Illustrated by Mick Wiggins
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

We’ve already learned that trucks roll, planes fly, and boats float. Now, all aboard for the fourth book in George Ella Lyon’s transportation series,...

Nobody Hugs a Cactus

Illustrated by Carter Goodrich
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: April 16, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Celebrated artist and lead character designer of Brave, Ratatouille, and Despicable Me, Carter Goodrich, shows that sometimes, even the prickliest...

Skulls!

Illustrated by Scott Campbell
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: July 23, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Debut picture book author Blair Thornburgh and award-winning illustrator Scott Campbell put their heads together to celebrate one of the most important...

Truman

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 - 2021 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Nominee

If I Was the Sunshine

Illustrated by Loren Long
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: May 07, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

A breathtaking picture book about the relationships we share from New York Times bestselling storytellers Julie Fogliano and Loren Long in the...

2019 - 2020 Keystone to Reading Secondary Book Award

Dry

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 harrowing...

2020 - 2021 Keystone to Reading Secondary Book Award List

Love from A to Z

This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 30, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

A Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2019 A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult...

SLAY

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 book...

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...

Lion Down

(Part of FunJungle)
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: February 26, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth when a lion is falsely accused of killing a distinguished dog in the latest novel in New York...

Straw into Gold

Fairy Tales Re-spun
Illustrated by Sarah Gibb
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: February 05, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

“Ten old yarns cleverly ‘re-spun.’” —The Wall Street Journal “Abundantly magical.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) Award-winning author Hilary...

Roll with It

This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 “A big-hearted story that’s as sweet as it is awesome.” —R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder In the...

2019 A Baker's Dozen Title

Something Smells!

Illustrated by Steven Henry
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: July 31, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

Elliot wakes up one morning to the most terrible smell. But what could it be? Find out in this gentle introduction to hygiene that’s stinkin’...

Teddy's Favorite Toy

Illustrated by Madeline Valentine
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 27, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers.Teddy has a lot of cool toys....

Who Eats Orange?

Illustrated by Robin Page
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: August 14, 2018
Ages: 0 - 8

Who eats orange—a chicken? A bunny? A bear? Find out in this unique exploration of colors and animals’ favorite foods.Animals eat a rainbow of...

2020 A Baker's Dozen Title

The Fisherman & the Whale

Illustrated by Jessica Lanan
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Jessica Lanan’s dreamy and dramatic watercolor paintings bring to life a wordless story about wonder in the natural world.A fisherman takes his son for...

Truman

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...

2019 Carolyn W. Field Award

The Big Umbrella

Illustrated by Amy June Bates
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 06, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

“A subtle, deceptively simple book about inclusion, hospitality, and welcoming the ‘other.’” —Kirkus Reviews “A boundlessly inclusive spirit...This...

2019 Carolyn W. Field Award Honor Title

Hunger

A Tale of Courage
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: February 13, 2018
Ages: 8 - 12

“The first-person narrative portrays Lorraine’s family and community with realistically drawn personalities and relationships as well as fine-tuned...

Stay Sweet

This edition: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publication date: April 09, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

“A delectable mixture of ice cream and romance.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “For fans of Jenny Han.” —School Library Journal “A rare,...

2020 Carolyn W. Field Award

SLAY

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 book...

2019 Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel

Belonging

A German Reckons with History and Home
This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: October 02, 2018

* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award * Silver Medal Society of Illustrators * * Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The...

2020 - 2021 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List

All That Trash

The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff
Illustrated by Meghan McCarthy
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: February 27, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

An ALA Notable Book “The year was 1987 and a ship full of trash was about to become famous…The narrative is immensely readable…A fresh take on a story...

Blended

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-winning...

Just Like Rube Goldberg

The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines
Illustrated by Robert Neubecker
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: March 12, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover how Rube Goldberg followed his dreams to become an award-winning cartoonist, inventor, and even an adjective in the dictionary in this...

Rising Water

The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

The incredible true story of the twelve boys trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand and their inspiring rescue.On June 23, 2018, twelve...

Leila in Saffron

Illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: June 18, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

“Glorious.” —Kirkus Reviews A colorful journey of self-discovery and identity, this sweet, vibrant picture book follows young Leila as she visits her...

Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet

Illustrated by Nadja Sarell
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: June 18, 2019
Ages: 7 - 10

Ivy and Bean meets Aliens in my Pocket in this start to a brand-new chapter book series about Frankie Sparks, a third grader who uses her love for...

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 bestselling...

2020 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Title

You Are Home

An Ode to the National Parks
Illustrated by Evan Turk
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Award-winning author and illustrator Evan Turk showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks in this gorgeous picture book that takes...