Wisconsin State Reading Lists

2018 Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List

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...

Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry

This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Ages: 10 - 14

CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book Finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award ILA Young Adults’ Choices “A provocative, sensitive, and...

Patina

(Book #2 of Track)
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: August 29, 2017
Ages: 10 - 99

A New York Times Notable Children’s Book A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal...

In a Perfect World

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: May 23, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

From critically acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a “tender story that’s both realistic and hopeful” (Publishers Weekly), set in Cairo, Egypt, about...

Amina's Voice

This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: March 14, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2017 “For inspiring empathy in young readers, you can’t get better than this book.” —R. J. Palacio, author of...

The Gauntlet

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: March 28, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and...

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...

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...

Three Pennies

This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: May 2, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A girl in foster care tries to find her birth mother before she loses her forever in this spare and beautifully told novel about last chances and new...

The Youngest Marcher

The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 17, 2017
Ages: 5 - 10

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re...

Watersong

Illustrated by Richard Smythe
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: January 31, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids An NCTE Notable Poetry Book “McCanna’s carefully chosen words are nearly all onomatopoeia, a cacophony of...

This House, Once

Illustrated by Deborah Freedman
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 28, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

“Tender, comforting, and complex.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Drawn with exquisite precision and quiet dashes of humor.” —Publishers Weekly...

That Neighbor Kid

Illustrated by Daniel Miyares
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: May 9, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

Acclaimed author/illustrator Daniel Miyares returns to the sweet, nostalgic tone of his beloved illustrated book, Float, in this gorgeous, spare...

Sam & Eva

Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 17, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

Harold and the Purple Crayon meets Tom and Jerry in this sweet and funny picture book about a boy and girl who must balance their creativity and figure...

Not Quite Narwhal

Illustrated by Jessie Sima
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 14, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

In the tradition of Uni the Unicorn and Gaston, this heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under...

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
Illustrated by Gilbert Ford
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind...

Martin's Dream Day

Photographer Stanley Tretick
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 3, 2017
Ages: 5 - 99

Bestselling author and journalist Kitty Kelley combines her elegant storytelling with Stanley Tretick’s iconic photographs to transport readers to the...

Little Red Riding Sheep

Illustrated by Cale Atkinson
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 8, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

The beloved classic, Little Red Riding Hood, has never had a cuter, more enthusiastic star than Arnold in this witty picture book that’s perfect for...

Life

Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 27, 2017
Ages: 0 - 99

Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel explore the beauty and tenacity of life.Life begins small, then grows… There are so many wonderful things about life,...

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: January 24, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

Celebrate the life of Lena Horne, the pioneering African American actress and civil rights activist, with this inspiring and powerful picture book from...

It Takes a Village

Picture Book
Illustrated by Marla Frazee
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 12, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

“It Takes a Village offers a universal, unifying message. It captures perfectly Clinton’s vision of a multicultural America working toward a...

I Dissent

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make...

Creepy Pair of Underwear!

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)...

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...

The Antlered Ship

Illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 12, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

Parents’ Choice Recommended An inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and...

Dumpling Dreams

How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge
Illustrated by Katy Wu
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 5, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

“Through appealing digitally rendered illustrations and upbeat rhyming text, Clickard celebrates the life of Chen in a way that entertains and...

2017 Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List

Sara Lost and Found

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: February 9, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Sisters Anna and Sara must rely on each other for strength as they face being separated by the foster care system in this heartwrenching tale of...

Paper Hearts

This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this...

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story

This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: June 28, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

From the critically acclaimed author of Anything But Typical comes a touching look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September 11, 2001,...

Maybe a Fox

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: March 8, 2016
Ages: 10 - 14

Worlds collide in a spectacular way when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times...

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...

The Diabolic

(Book #1 of The Diabolic)
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: November 1, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

“The perfect kind of high-pressure adventure.” —TeenVogue.com A New York Times bestseller! Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about...

As Brave As You

This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

Kirkus Award Finalist Schneider Family Book Award Winner Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are,...

Some Kind of Happiness

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 17, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Reality and fantasy collide in this heartfelt and mysterious novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Bridge to Terabithia, about a girl who must save a...

A Tiger Tail

(Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School)
Illustrated by Mike Boldt
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: July 5, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From the creative mind of rising star Mike Boldt comes a hilarious and original tale about overcoming back-to-school jitters, making new friends, and...

Strictly No Elephants

Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: October 27, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

“A sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale.” —The New York Times Book Review “Sweet and affirming.” —Kirkus Reviews Huffington Post Honor Book for Best in...

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
Illustrated by Raúl Colón
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 5, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

“A finely told, beautifully illustrated biography that saves a world class scientist from obscurity.” —School Library Journal, starred review “An ideal...

Please, Open This Book!

Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 6, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Recipient of the Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book Award They told you, but you just couldn’t listen—so the creators of Warning: Do Not Open This Book! are...

Oh No, Astro!

Illustrated by Brad Woodard
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: April 19, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Asteroids! Planets! Astronauts! In this charming debut picture book, a grumpy asteroid named Astro is thrown out of orbit and takes an unexpected...

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...

A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 15, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

“So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time. Sheesh.” —Caldecott medal and honor winner, Jon Klassen. Once upon a time there was a hungry...

Freedom Over Me

Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 6 - 10

Newbery Honor Book Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book Using original slave auction and plantation estate...

Best in Snow

Photographer April Pulley Sayre
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 11, 2016
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover the wonderful world of snow with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll!With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April...

Ada's Violin

The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an...

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Earmuffs for Everyone!

How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs
Illustrated by Meghan McCarthy
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

As a young boy, Chester Greenwood went from having cold ears to becoming a great inventor in this nonfiction picture book from the acclaimed...

Float

Illustrated by Daniel Miyares
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 9, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

A boy’s small paper boat—and his large imagination—fill the pages of this wordless picture book, a modern-day classic from the creator of Pardon Me!...

I Don't Like Koala

Illustrated by Charles Santoso
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: April 14, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

What’s not to love about a cute, cuddly...creepy toy koala? This is the story of a boy and the stuffed animal he just can’t seem to shake.Adam does not...

I Thought This Was a Bear Book

Illustrated by Benji Davies
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Ages: 4 - 7

When an alien crashes into the story of “The Three Little Bears,” it’s a laugh-out-loud adventure and a classic storybook mash-up!After an unfortunate...

One Word from Sophia

Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 16, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything in this playfully illustrated story about the nuances of...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Enchanted Air

Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Illustrated by Edel Rodriguez
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree,...

Firefly Hollow

Illustrated by Christopher Denise
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: August 18, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel...

The Great Good Summer

This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: May 5, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Ivy and Paul hatch a secret plan to find Ivy’s missing mom and say good-bye to the space shuttle in this evocative, heartfelt novel reminiscent of Each...

The Nest

Illustrated by Jon Klassen
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: October 6, 2015
Ages: 10 - 99

“The Nest leaves a lasting mark on the memory.” —The New York Times Book Review Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the...

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...

Space Case

(Part of Moon Base Alpha)
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School.Like his fellow...

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 Wolf Wilder

This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

A girl and the wolves who love her embark on a rescue mission through Russian wilderness in this lyrical tale from the author of the acclaimed...