South Carolina State Reading Lists

2017 - 2018 South Carolina Book Award Nominee

We Forgot Brock!

Illustrated by Carter Goodrich
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

The importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for...

Billy's Booger

Illustrated by William Joyce
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

A young lad who would rather draw than do math, spell, or gargle finds the perfect outlet for his always-on imagination in this manifesto to creative...

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...

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...

Nooks & Crannies

Illustrated by Natalie Andrewson
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Clue when six children navigate a mansion full of secrets—and maybe money—in this humorous mystery with...

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...

2016 - 2017 South Carolina Book Award Nominee

Pardon Me!

Illustrated by Daniel Miyares
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 17, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A little bird just wants some peace and quiet—but he’s about to get a whole lot more than he bargained for in this clever picture book debut, in the...

Flight School

(Part of Flight School)
Illustrated by Lita Judge
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A persevering penguin is determined to fly in this adorably inspiring picture book from the creator of Red Hat and Red Sled.Although little Penguin has...

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...

Mister Bud Wears the Cone

Illustrated by Carter Goodrich
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 3, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

In this next addition to an adventure Booklist called “a treat for dog lovers young and old,” canine pals Mister Bud and Zorro encounter…the...

One Big Pair of Underwear

Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 9, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Count and share with…underwear! Come along on a zany adventure with hilarious pictures from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight,...

Going Places

Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 18, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A go-cart contest inspires imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling...

Anybody Shining

This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: October 7, 2014
Ages: 10 - 12

Can one mistake destroy the chance of a lifetime? A girl discovers there are many ways of being true in this magnificent ode to handwritten letters and...

Saving Kabul Corner

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: February 4, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

From Afghanistan to America, family matters most in this companion to Shooting Kabul, which Kirkus Reviews called “an ambitious story with much to...

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...

The Boy in the Black Suit

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book. Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl...

2015 - 2016 South Carolina Book Award Nominee

The Scraps Book

Notes from a Colorful Life
Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
This edition: Hardcover, 72 pages
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Ages: 5 - 10

The renowned Caldecott Honoree and illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom provides a moving, intimate, and inspiring inside look at her colorful...

Warning: Do Not Open This Book!

Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Ages: 4 - 8

An E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book An ALA Notable Book A Huffington Post Notable Book CAUTION! This book contains monkeys, alligators, and a whole...

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: July 23, 2013
Ages: 8 - 12

Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this National Book Award finalist from Newbery Honoree Kathi...

The Boy on the Wooden Box

How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Ages: 9 - 14

In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to...

Falcon in the Glass

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: July 9, 2013
Ages: 10 - 14

A boy risks his life to save some very special children in this fantasy adventure, set amidst the rich backdrop of Renaissance Venice.In Venice in...

The Book of Broken Hearts

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: May 21, 2013
Ages: 14 - 99

When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy...

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...