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South Carolina State Reading Lists

2019 - 2020 South Carolina Picture Book Award

Creepy Pair of Underwear!

(Part of Creepy Tales!)
Illustrated by Peter Brown
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 15, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

From the celebrated team behind Creepy Carrots!, Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown, comes a hilarious (and just a little creepy...

2020 - 2021 South Carolina Picture Book Award 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...

2019 South Carolina Association of School Librarians Book Award


(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. Gh...

2020 - 2021 South Carolina Children's Book Award 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...

2020 - 2021 South Carolina Junior Book Award 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...

Genesis Begins Again

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: January 15, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A Newbery Honor Book Winner of the Correta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award A Morris Award Finalist An NPR Favorite Book of 2...

2020 - 2021 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee

I Have the Right To

A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: March 06, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

“A bold, new voice.” —People “A nuanced addition to the #MeToo conversation.” —Vice A young survivor tells her searing, visceral story of sexual as...

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, enjo...