Pennsylvania State Reading Lists

2018 A Baker's Dozen Title: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy

Bulldozer Helps Out

Illustrated by Eric Rohmann and Rohmann, Eric
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...

2017 A Baker's Dozen Title: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy

The Saddest Toilet in the World

Illustrated by Sam Ricks
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: June 7, 2016
Ages: 3 - 7

In a cheeky and hilarious picture book, author Sam Apple and illustrator Sam Ricks share a silly story about the potty-training experience…from the...

ABCs on Wheels

Illustrated by Ramon Olivera
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: July 5, 2016
Ages: 3 - 7

The alphabet hits the road in this vividly illustrated picture book featuring all things that go!Buckle up for an alphabetical road trip in Ramon...

2016 A Baker's Dozen Title: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy

Simon's New Bed

Illustrated by Melissa van der Paardt
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Simon’s new dog bed has been claimed by…a cat?! Laughter, scheming, and cuddles ensue in this fun naptime tale you’ll want to share, from debut author...

Bear and Squirrel Are Friends . . . Yes, Really!

Illustrated by Deb Pilutti
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 15, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Yes, bears sometimes eat squirrels. But can they still be friends? Find out in this clever picture book that’s perfect for preschoolers.The other bears...

2018 - 2019 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Nominee

Can an Aardvark Bark?

Illustrated by Steve Jenkins
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: June 13, 2017
Ages: 2 - 8

From award-winning author Melissa Stewart and Caldecott honoree Steve Jenkins comes a noisy nonfiction exploration of the many sounds animals make.Can...

Shake a Leg, Egg!

Illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: March 14, 2017
Ages: 2 - 8

From celebrated author-illustrator Kurt Cyrus comes a playful and whimsical picture book that celebrates the excitement and anticipation of a...

Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear

Illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Ages: 2 - 8

Parents’ Choice Silver Honors Winner From the award-winning author of Mama Built a Little Nest comes an oh-so-clever picture book that explores the...

Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump!

Illustrated by Simone Shin
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 26, 2017
Ages: 2 - 5

Two toddlers go on a bumpety berry hunt in this darling picture book that’s perfect for preschoolers.Wagon on gravel goes bumpety-bump. Pebbles in the...

Bulldozer Helps Out

Illustrated by Eric Rohmann and Rohmann, Eric
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...

2017 - 2018 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Nominee

Love & Gelato

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

A New York Times bestseller A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and...

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...

Ida, Always

Illustrated by Charles Santoso
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 23, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

A beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bears.Gus lives in a big park in the middle of an...

2016 - 2017 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Nominee

Beastly Babies

Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: July 7, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

From wriggling chicks to jumpy kangaroos, this hilarious rhyming picture book showcases different kinds of babies, all of which are perfectly, adorably...

Bear and Squirrel Are Friends . . . Yes, Really!

Illustrated by Deb Pilutti
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 15, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Yes, bears sometimes eat squirrels. But can they still be friends? Find out in this clever picture book that’s perfect for preschoolers.The other bears...

Imagine a World

Illustrated by Rob Gonsalves
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Rob Gonsalves—master of magical realism—presents another mesmerizing picture book in his Imagine a… series, that will “stimulate wonder and...

Simon's New Bed

Illustrated by Melissa van der Paardt
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Simon’s new dog bed has been claimed by…a cat?! Laughter, scheming, and cuddles ensue in this fun naptime tale you’ll want to share, from debut author...

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...

Webster

Tale of an Outlaw
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: November 3, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

A cynical shelter dog learns to let down his guard and form a new animal family in this heartwarming and humorous friendship story from the author of...

2015 - 2016 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Nominee

The Farmer and the Clown

Illustrated by Marla Frazee
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from...

Mama Built a Little Nest

Illustrated by Steve Jenkins
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 18, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies, illustrated by a Caldecott Honoree.Mama built a little...

Bear Sees Colors

(Part of The Bear Books)
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Ages: 3 - 7

Explore colors with Bear in the first of a new concept picture book series from the New York Times bestselling creators of Bear Snores On.Colors,...

Shoe Dog

Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 25, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Shoe Dog loves to chew…well, shoes! But when his choice of chewables leads to trouble, a feline friend has a purr-fect solution.Shoe Dog likes to chew....

Some Bugs

Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Get the buzz on bugs in this picture book from Angela DiTerlizzi!Grab your magnifying glass!Find your field guide!And come hop, hide, swim, and...

2016 - 2017 Keystone to Reading Secondary Book Award Nominee

The Blackthorn Key

(Book #1 of The Blackthorn Key)
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Ages: 10 - 14

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in...

My Diary from the Edge of the World

This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: November 3, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Told in diary form by an irresistible heroine, this playful and perceptive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the May Bird trilogy...

Old Wolf

By Avi
Illustrated by Brian Floca
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Hunting—the predator and its prey—is at the heart of this riveting and suspenseful novel from Newbery Medalist Avi with illustrations from Caldecott...

Red Butterfly

Illustrated by Amy June Bates
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: February 3, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

A young orphaned girl in modern-day China discovers the meaning of family in this inspiring story told in verse, in the tradition of Inside Out and...

Ruby on the Outside

This edition: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publication date: June 16, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Ruby’s mom is in prison, and to tell anyone the truth is to risk true friendship in this novel from the author of The Summer Before Boys that...

Six

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: May 12, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

“An X-Files worthy mystery keeps the pages turning,” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) as Parker and his sister do whatever it takes to find their...

The Only Game

(Part of Home Team)
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: February 17, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Can a young baseball star maintain his love of the game after the loss of his brother? Find out in this start to the Home Team series about a small...

All American Boys

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. In this Coretta Scott...

Dangerous Lies

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: November 10, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the...

Ruthless

This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: July 14, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a...

Stranded

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

In the tradition of 127 Hours and The Edge, a fascinating and suspenseful novel about a group of teens battling for their lives against the most...

2015 - 2016 Keystone to Reading Secondary Book Award Nominee

The Boundless

Illustrated by Jim Tierney
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: April 22, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

All aboard for an action-packed escapade from the internationally bestselling author of Airborne and the Silverwing trilogy.The Boundless, the greatest...

Call Me By My Name

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Ages: 12 - 99

From former football star and bestselling author John Ed Bradley comes a searing look at love, life, and football in the face of racial adversity....

Noggin

This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTTravis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age...

No Summit out of Sight

The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Ages: 12 - 99

Jordan Romero climbed Mount Everest at age thirteen—and he didn’t stop there. In this inspiring young adult memoir, he tells how he achieved such great...

Through the Woods

Illustrated by Emily Carroll
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: July 15, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation...

2018 - 2019 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee

Mouse and Hippo

Illustrated by Mike Twohy
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: February 7, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

Mouse creates a painting for his new friend Hippo—and Hippo returns the kindness in an unlikely way—in this delightful story about doing your best to...

Snowman

The True Story of a Champion
From an idea by Rutherford Montgomery
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

A twist of fate brings a man and horse together in this remarkable true story now available in a new version adapted by the author of the Marguerite...

When Dimple Met Rishi

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 30, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

A New York Times bestseller An NPR Best Book of 2017 A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017 A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2017 A School Library Journal...

Long Way Down

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 24, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is...

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...

Can an Aardvark Bark?

Illustrated by Steve Jenkins
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: June 13, 2017
Ages: 2 - 8

From award-winning author Melissa Stewart and Caldecott honoree Steve Jenkins comes a noisy nonfiction exploration of the many sounds animals make.Can...

2017 - 2018 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee

Miss Mary Reporting

The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber
Illustrated by C. F. Payne
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 16, 2016
Ages: 5 - 8

“A lively, memorable biography for younger readers.” —Booklist (starred review) “A reminder of the value of telling people’s stories, whether pro...

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...

Scythe

(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 New...

The Great American Whatever

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: March 29, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

From the award-winning author of Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Better Nate Than Ever comes “a Holden Caulfield for a new generation” (Kirkus Reviews,...

2016 - 2017 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee

Raindrops Roll

Photographs by April Pulley Sayre
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah,...

The Only Game

(Part of Home Team)
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: February 17, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Can a young baseball star maintain his love of the game after the loss of his brother? Find out in this start to the Home Team series about a small...

Poached

(Part of FunJungle)
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

Teddy Fitzroy’s back for another zoo mystery—this time it’s a koala caper—in this action-packed follow-up to Belly Up, which Kirkus Reviews called...

Stella by Starlight

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 9 - 13

When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this Depression-era tour de...

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom

(Book #1 of Heroes in Training)
Illustrated by Craig Phillips
This edition: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publication date: August 7, 2012
Ages: 6 - 9

After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new...

Colonial Madness

This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: February 10, 2015
Ages: 9 - 13

A mother-daughter duo take part in a bizarre family challenge in hopes of winning a fortune in this hilarious novel that’s Gilmore Girls meets The...

All American Boys

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. In this Coretta Scott...

2015 - 2016 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee

The Chicken Squad

The First Misadventure
(Book #1 of The Chicken Squad)
Illustrated by Kevin Cornell
This edition: Paper Over Board, 112 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 7 - 10

They’re darling. They’re daring. They know their shapes! They’re chicks on a mission—and on this, their first (mis)adventure, the Chicken Squad...

Gaston

Illustrated by Christian Robinson
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 3, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly...

Noggin

This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTTravis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age...

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Ages: 12 - 99

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is now a major motion picture streaming on Netflix! Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times...