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Past Winners

Louisiana Readers' Choice Award Winners


3-5th Grade

WinnerThe Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) written by Natascha Biebow, illustrated by Steven Salerno

HonorTitan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team (HarperCollins Children's Books) written by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

6-8th Grade

WinnerNew Kid (Quill Tree Books, HarperCollins) written and illustrated by Jerry Craft

HonorMaybe He Just Likes You (Aladdin, Simon & Schuster) written by Barbara Dee

9-12th Grade

WinnerTwo Can Keep a Secret (Delacorte Press, Penguin Random House) written by Karen M. McManus

HonorWith the Fire on High (Quill Tree Books, HarperCollins) written by Elizabeth Acevedo

2020-2021 Grades 3-5

Winner: Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo by Thane Maynard

Honor: Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

2020-2021 Grades 6-8

Winner: Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald

Honor: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

2020-2021 Grades 9-12

Winner: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Honor: The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

2019-2020 Grades 3-5

Winner: Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Honor: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

2019-2020 Grades 6-8

Winner: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Honor: Refugee by Alan Gratz

2019-2020 Grades 9-12

Winner: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Honor: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

2018-2019 Grades 3-5

Winner: The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

Honor: Wish by Barbara O'Connor

2018-2019 Grades 6-8

Winner: Ghosts by Raina Telgmeier

Honor: Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

2018-2019 Grades 9-12

Winner: Aging Out by Alton Carter (tie)

Winner: Scythe by Neal Shusterman (tie)

Honor: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

2017-2018 Grades 3-5

Winner: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Honor: Elle's Story by W. Bruce Cameron

2017-2018 Grades 6-8

Winner: Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Honor: Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman

2017-2018 Grades 9-12

Winner: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Honor: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

2016-2017 Grades 3-5

Winner: Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, illus. by G. Brian Karas

Honor: I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis

2016-2017 Grades 6-8

Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Honor: Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana

2016-2017 Grades 9-12

Winner: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Honor: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

2015-2016 Grades 3-5

Winner: The Mischievians by William Joyce

Honor: Hoop Genius by John Coy and Joe Morse

2015-2016 Grades 6-8

Winner: Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack

Honor: Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner

2015-2016 Grades 9-12

Winner: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

Honor: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2014-2015 Grades 3-5

Winner: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Honor: Bully by Patricia Polacco

2014-2015 Grades 6-8

Winner: False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Honor: Buddy by M.H. Herlong

2014-2015 Grades 9-12

Winner: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Honor: The Selection by Kiera Cass

2013-2014 Grades 3-5

Winner: Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits

Honor: The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy

2013-2014 Grades 6-8

Winner: Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Honor: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

2013-2014 Grades 9-12

Winner: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Honor: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

2012-2013 Grades 3-5

Winner: Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas

Honor: The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

2012-2013 Grades 6-8

Winner: Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Honor: The Limit by Kristen Landon

2012-2013 Grades 9-12

Winner: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Honor: Matched by Ally Condie

2011-2012 Grades 3-5

Winner: The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by David Roberts

Honor: Little Sister Is Not My Name by Sharon Draper

2011-2012 Grades 6-8

Winner: 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

Honor: Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn

2011-2012 Grades 9-12 (inaugural year of the Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award)

Winner: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Honor: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

2010-2011 Grades 3-5

Winner: The Two Bobbies bt Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery, illustrated by Jean Cassels

Honor: Molly the Pony: A True Story by Pam Kaster

2010-2011 Grades 6-8

Winner: Found: The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Honor: Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis

2009-2010 Grades 3-5

Winner: Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan

Honor: The Lemonade Club by Patricia Polacco

2009-2010 Grades 6-8

Winner: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Honor: Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn

2008-2009 Grades 3-5

Winner: The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine

Honor: Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare by Patricia Polacco

2008-2009 Grades 6-8

Winner: Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita

Honor: Storm Thief by Chris Wooding

2007-2008 Grades 3-5

Winner: Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O'Malley

Honor: Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker

2007-2008 Grades 6-8

Winner: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Honor: Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade by Denise Vega

2006-2007 Grades 3-5

Winner: Gator Gumbo: A Spicy Hot Tale by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Sally Ann Lambert

Honor: The Champ: The Story of Muhammed Ali by Tonya Bolden, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

2006-2007 Grades 6-8

Winner: So B. It by Sarah Weeks

Honor: Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

2005-2006 Grades 3-5

Winner: Alligator Sue by Sharon Arms Doucet, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

Honor: Up the Learning Tree by Marcia Vaughn, illustrated by Derek Blanks

2005-2006 Grades 6-8

Winner: Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz

Honor: The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter

2004-2005 Grades 3-5

Winner: Dear Mrs. LaRue by Mark Teague

Honor: The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

2004-2005 Grades 6-8 (inaugural year of the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award for Grades 6-8)

Winner: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Honor: Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris

2003-2004 Grades 3-5

Winner: Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell

Honor: The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Earl Lewis

2002-2003 Grades 3-5

Winner: My Dog, My Hero by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers

Honor: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

2001-2002 Grades 3-5

Winner: Weslandia by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Honor: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

2000-2001 Grades 3-5

Winner: Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Honor: Feliciana Meets d'Loup Garou: A Cajun Tall Tale by Tynia Thomassie

1999-2000 Grades 3-5 (inaugural year of the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award for Grades 3-5)

Winner: Verdi by Janell Cannon

Honor: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler, illustrated by Terry Widener

Past Nominees


Grades 3-5:
• All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything
written by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali (Sourcebooks Explore, Sourcebooks)
• The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story written by Aya Khalil, illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan
(Tilbury House Publishers, W.W. Norton)
• The Best of Iggy written by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sam Ricks (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
for Young Readers, Penguin Random House)
• The Boy Who Grew Dragons written by Andy Shepherd (little bee books, Simon & Schuster)
• Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator written by Emma Bland Smith, illustrated by Jennifer
M. Potter (Little Bigfoot, Penguin Random House)
• Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist written by Linda
Skeers, illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns (Sourcebooks Explore, Sourcebooks)
• The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton, illustrated by David Mottram (Atheneum Books for Young
Readers, Simon & Schuster)
• Hello Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers written and illustrated by Matthew
Cordell (Neal Porter Books, Penguin Random House)
• The Messy Life of Blue written by Shawna Railey (little bee books, Simon & Schuster)
• Midnight at the Barclay Hotel written by Fleur Bradley, illustrated by Xavier Bonet (Viking Books
for Young Readers, Penguin Random House)
• The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine written by Linda Elovitz Marshall,
illustrated by Lisa Anchin (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Penguin Random House)
• Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb written by Veronica Chambers, illustrated by Rachelle Baker (Dial
Books, Penguin Random House)
• The Silver Arrow written by Lev Grossman (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hachette)
• Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters written by Suzanne
Slade, illustrated by Don Tate (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hachette)
• This Way, Charlie written by Caron Lewis, illustrated by Charles Santoso (Abrams Books for
Young Readers, Abrams)

Grades 6-8:
• 96 Miles written by J.L. Esplin (Starscape, Macmillan)
• Bloom written by Kenneth Oppel (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Penguin Random House)

• City Spies written by James Ponti (Aladdin, Simon & Schuster)
• Clean Getaway written by Nic Stone, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (Crown Books for Young
Readers, Penguin Random House)
• Danny Constantino’s First (and Maybe Last?) Date written by Paul Acampora (HarperCollins)
• Dress Coded written by Carrie Firestone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Penguin
Random House)
• From the Desk of Zoe Washington written by Janae Marks (Katherine Tegen Books,
• Twins written by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright (Graphix, Scholastic)
• When Life Gives You Mangos written by Kereen Getten (Delacorte Press, Penguin Random
• When Stars Are Scattered written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, illustrated by
Victoria Jamieson and Iman Geddy (Dial Books, Penguin Random House)
• Wink written and illustrated by Rob Harrell (Dial Books, Penguin Random House)
• A Wish in the Dark written by Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick, Candlewick Press)

Grades 9-12 (Teen):

• Almost American Girl written and illustrated by Robin Ha (Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins)

• Deeplight written by Frances Hardinge (Harry N. Abrams, Abrams)

• Felix Ever After written by Kacen Callender (Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins)

• Here the Whole Time written by Vitor Martins (Scholastic Press, Scholastic)

• I’ll Be the One written by Lyla Lee (Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins)

• The Light in Hidden Places written by Sharon Cameron (Scholastic Press, Scholastic)

• Not So Pure and Simple written by Lamar Giles (Quill Tree Books, HarperCollins)

• Punching the Air written by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins)

• This Is My America written by Kim Johnson (Random House Books for Young Readers, Penguin

Random House)

• This Train Is Being Held written by Ismée Williams (Harry N. Abrams, Abrams)


Grades 3-5:

Because of the Rabbit written by Cynthia Lord (Scholastic) 

Carter Reads the Newspaper written by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Don Tate (Peachtree Publishing)

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons written by Natascha Biebow, illustrated by Steven Salerno (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 

The Friendship War written by Andrew Clements (Penguin Random House) 

Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary written by Vicki Conrad, illustrated by David Hohn (Penguin Random House) 

Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet written by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Teresa Martínez (Penguin Random House) 

Martin and Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg (Lerner Publishing) 

Max and the Midknights written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce (Penguin Random House) 

Operation Frog Effect written by Sarah Scheerger (Penguin Random House) 

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden written by Heather Smith, illustrated by Rachel Wada (Orca Book Publishers) 

Spark written by Sarah Beth Durst (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 

Stargazing written and illustrated by Jen Wang (Macmillan) 

Stay written by Bobbie Pyron (HarperCollins) 

Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team written by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk (HarperCollins) 

Tito the Bonecrusher written by Melissa Thomson (Macmillan) 

Grades 6-8: 

All the Greys on Greene Street written Laura Tucker (Penguin Random House)  

The Dark Lord Clementine written by Sarah Jean Horwitz (Algonquin Books) 

Genesis Begins Again written by Alicia D. Williams (Simon & Schuster) 

Maybe He Just Likes You written by Barbara Dee (Simon & Schuster) 

New Kid written and illustrated by Jerry Craft (HarperCollins) 

The Next Great Paulie Fink written by Ali Benjamin (Hachette) 

The Okay Witch written and illustrated by Emma Steinkellner (Simon & Schuster) 

Other Words for Home written by Jasmine Warga (HarperCollins) 

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise written by Dan Gemeinhart (Macmillan) 

Storm Blown written by Nick Courage (Penguin Random House) 

The Strangers written by Margaret Peterson Haddix (HarperCollins) 

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky written by Kwame Mbalia (Disney) 

Grades 9-12 (Teen):  

The Downstairs Girl written by Stacey Lee (Penguin Random House) 

Hot Dog Girl written by Jennifer Dugan (Penguin Random House) 

Ordinary Hazards written by Nikki Grimes (Penguin Random House) 

Patron Saints of Nothing written by Randy Ribay (Penguin Random House) 

SLAY written by Brittney Morris (Simon & Schuster) 

Sorcery of Thorns written by Margaret Rogerson (Simon & Schuster) 

They Called Us Enemy written by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott; illustrated by Harmony Becker (IDW Publishing) 

Two Can Keep a Secret written by Karen M. McManus (Penguin Random House)  

With the Fire on High written by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperCollins) 

XL written by Scott Brown (Penguin Random House)



Grades 3-5

All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff by Meghan McCarthy

The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace, illustrated by Bryan Collier

The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!) by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Chris Hsu

Charlie and Frog by Karen Kane

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker's Story by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Dear Sister by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Joe Bluhm

Fly to the Rescue by Megan E. Bryant

Hammering for Freedom by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illustrated by John Holyfield

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illustrated by Beverly Johnson

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

The Phantom Tower by Keir Graff

Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo by Thane Maynard

Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann



Grades 6-8

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

Boy Bites Bug Rebecca Petruck

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald

Love Like Sky by Leslie C. Youngblood

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

So Done by Paula Chase

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Tight by Torrey Maldonado



Grades 9-12

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Price of Duty by Todd Strasser

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Sadie by Courtney Summers

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding



Grades 3-5

Army Brats by Daphne Benedis-Grab 

Balderdash: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

A Boy Called Bat (#1) by Elana K. Arnold, illustrated by Charles Santoso

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Katy Wu

Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote the Cat in the Hat by Judy Sierra 

Jake the Fake Keeps it Real by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Keith Knight 

Lemons by Melissa Savage

Malala – Activist for Girl’s Education by Raphaelle Frier, illustrated by Aurelia Fronty

Sled Dog School by Terry Lynn Johnson

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress

The Princess and the Peas by Rachel Himes

Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charles Santoso



Grades 6-8

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jameson

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Brave by Svetlana Chmakova

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry, Feiwel & Friends

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt

In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Slider by Pete Hautman

The Red Bandanna (Young Readers Adaptation) by Tom Rinaldi



Grades 9-12

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen 

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus 

Warcross by Maria Lu

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins



Grades 3-5

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport 

Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, with Tuan Ho, illustrated by Brian Deines 

The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey 

FRAMED! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti

The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring – The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation by Gilbert Ford

My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez 

Soar by Joan Bauer

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman

Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks, illustrated by Colin Bootman

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers

The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Jez Tuya

Wish by Barbara O’Connor

Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein 



Grades 6-8

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Once Was a Time by Leila Sales

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key

The Thing About Leftovers by C.C. Payne

Top Prospect by Paul Volponi



Grades 9-12

Aging Out by Alton Carter

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley 

Riders (Book 1) by Veronica Rossi 

Scythe: Arc of a Scythe (Book 1) by Neal Shusterman 

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston 

Three Dark Crowns (Book 1) by Kendare Blake



Grades 3-5

Bigfoot is Missing! by J. Patrick Lewis

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

The Doublecross: And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy by Jackson Pearce

Ellie’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks, 9781627791540, 288 pgs. Henry Holt. 

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Flunked by Jen Calonita

Fort by Cynthia DeFelice 

The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone

Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Marvelous Cornelius- Hurricane Katrina And the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra

Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story by Emily Arnold McCully

Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews



Grades 6-8

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Charlie and the Grandmothers by Katy Towell

The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy

Ferals by Jacob Grey

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel by Jennifer Brown

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff



Grades 9-12

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma



Grades 3-5

Almost Super by Marion Jensen

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells, illustrated by Marcos Calo

I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis

Ivan The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, illus. G. Brian Karas 

Kung Pow Chicken: Let’s Get Cracking by Cyndi Marko

Lend a Hand: Poems About Giving by John Frank, illustrated by London Ladd

Lindbergh:The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann, illustrated by Suzanne Levesque

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown, illus. Frank Morrison

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illustrator Gilbert Ford

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Marie GrandPré

Odd, Weird & Little by Patrick Jennings

Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel

Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix, 

Wind Dancer by Chris Platt



Grades 6-8

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Dirt Diary (The Dirt Diary #1) by Anna Staniszewski

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

Loot: How to Steal a Fortune by Jude Watson

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

The Perfect Place by Teresa E. Harris

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Surrounded by Sharks by Michael Northrop

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana



Grades 9-12

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Fake ID by Lamar Giles

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano 

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds, photographs by Michael Frost



Grades 3-5

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Case File 13:  Zombie Kid by J. Scott Savage

Einstein the Class Hamster by Janet Tashjian, illustrated by Jake Tashjian

Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee, illustrated by Kelly Light

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young

Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution by Don Brown

Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band, by Anne F. Rockwell, illustrated by Colin Bootman

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy, illustrated by Joe Morse 

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, 

Mischievians by William Joyce

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov, 

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff 



Grades 6-8

Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack

The boy on the wooden box: how the impossible became possible... on Schindler's list: a memoir by Leon Leyson

Counting By 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch

Dogs of War by Sheila Keenen, illustrated by Nathan Fox

The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance

Jack Strong Takes a Stand by Tommy Greenwald, illustrated by  Melissa Mendés, 

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

QB 1 by Mike Lupica

Sylo by D.J. MacHale 

Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner

Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills



Grades 3-5

Bully by Patricia Polacco 

The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and Our National Parks by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein 

Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

The Forgiveness Garden by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Christy Hale

The Ghost Tree by Yvette Landry, illustrations by Cullen Bernard 

Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Lisa Weber 

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker, illustrated by Tim Probert 

Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper by Ann Malaspina, illustrations by Eric Velasquez

The World's Greatest Lion by Ralph Helfer, illustrated by Ted Lewin

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome 

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams



Grades 6-8

Anyway*: *A Story about Me with 138 footnotes, 27 exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti by Arthur Salm 

Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand by Eric LeGrand

A Black Hole Is NOT a Hole by Carolyn Cinami Decristofano, illustrations by Michael Carroll

Buddy by M. H. Herlong

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Double by Jenny Valentine

Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy 



Grades 3-5

All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon. Illustrations by Katherine Tillotson

America Is Under Attack: The Day the Towers Fell – September 11, 2001 by Don Brown

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Bongo Fishing by Thatcher Hurd

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

Escape by Night: A Civil War Adventure by Laurie Myers. Illustrations by Amy June Bates

The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy

Lots and Lots of Coins by Margarette S. Reid. Illustrations by True Kelley

Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss. Illustrations by John Hendrix

Olivia’s Birds by Olivia Bouler

The Secret Kingdom: Chronicles of the Red King, Book 1 by Jenny Nimmo

Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits. Illustrations by Michael Allen Austin

Trundle’s Quest by Allan Jones. Illustrations by Gary Chalk 

Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan. Illustrations by Amy June Bates



Grades 6-8

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Hidden by Helen Frost

How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston

Michael Vey:  the Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Quarterback Season by Fred Bowen

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones

Variant by Robison E. Wells

Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull



Grades 3-5
All Star! : Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever by Jane Yolen. 
The Case of the Lost Boy: The Buddy Files Book 1 by Dori Hillestad Butler. Illus. Jeremy Tugeau. 
Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. Illus. Juan Wijngaard. 
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill. Illus. Bryan Collier. 
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor. 
The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco. 
Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer. Illus. Josee Massee. 
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama. Illus. Loren Long. 
Ol Bloo’s Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble by Jan Huling. Illus. Henri Sorenson. 
The PS Brothers by Maribeth Boelts. 
The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, Volume 1 by Jacqueline West Illus. Poly Bernatene.
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord. 
We the Children: Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School Bk. 1 by Andrew Clements. 
Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson. 
Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas. 


Grades 6-8
The Call (bk. 1 in The Magnificent 12 series) by Michael Grant
The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Hide and Seek by Katy Grant
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart
The Limit by Kristen Landon
Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Max Cassidy: Escape From Shadow Island by Paul Adam
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham


Grades 3-5

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Study Guide
The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes By Roderick Townley Study Guide
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett Study Guide
The Dream Stealer By Sid Fleischman Study Guide
The Dunderheads By Paul Fleischman Study Guide
Extra Credit By Andrew Clements Study Guide
Flight of the Phoenix By R. L. LaFevers Study Guide
The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (Maybe Even) Magical Creatures By Judy Young Study Guide
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 By Brian Floca, No Study Guide
Redwoods By Jason Chin Study Guide
Sassy: Little Sister Is Not My Name Sharon Draper Study Guide
Sea of the Dead  By Julia Durango Study Guide
Tsunami! By Kimiko Kajikawa Study Guide,Tsunami Lesson Plan prepared by the author
We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes By Patrick Jennings Study Guide
Wild Girl By Patricia Reilly Giff Study Guide



Grades 6-8
Title List



11 Birthdays By Wendy Mass Study Guide
Brand-New Emily by Ginger Rue, No Guide
City of the Dead: The Haunting of Derek Stone Book 1 by Tony Abbott Study Guide
Closed for the Season By Mary Downing Hahn Study Guide
Dormia by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski Study Guide
Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise Study Guide
Invisible I by Stella Lennon, Please Note: this title has been repackaged and remarketed with the same content but with a different title and authors as:
The Amanda Project: Book 1 by Amanda Valentino and Melissa Kantor, Downloadable the Amanda Project Kit, which includes a 29 page Teacher’s Guide at

Jolted: Newton Starker’s Rules for Survival by Arthur Slade Study Guide
Malice by Chris Wooding Study Guide

A Truth Worth Tellin’ by Toni Teepell Study Guide
Wings Book 1 by Jason Lethcoe Study Guide
Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior Book 1 by Chris Bradford Study Guide


Grades 3-5

Title List

The Apple-Pip Princess Study Guide
Blacker the Berry: Poems by Joyce Carol Study Guide
Boys of Steel Study Guide
Dodger and Me Study Guide
The Dragon in the Sock Drawer Study Guide
Eleven Study Guide
Key to Rondo Study Guide
Molly the Pony: A True Story Study Guide
Nic Bishop Frogs Study Guide
Oh, Brother Study Guide
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Difference Study Guide
There’s a Wolf at the Door Study Guide
Two Bobbies Study Guide
When Sergeant Came Marching Home Study Guide
The Wolves Are Back Study Guide

2011 Grades 6-8
Title list

Amulet: The Stonekeeper Book One Study Guide
Bewitching Season Study Guide
Boys are Dogs Study Guide
The Cabinet of Wonders Study Guide
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X Study Guide
Diamond Willow Study Guide
FOUND: The Missing Series Study Guide
The Great Wide Sea Study Guide
Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet Study Guide
The Juvie Three Study Guide
Stolen Study Guide
Write Before Your Eyes Study Guide

Grades 3-5
Title List
Casey Back at Bat,  Study Guide
Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings, Study Guide
Dolley Madison Saves George Washington, Study Guide
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, Study Guide 
The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, Study Guide
Hairy Hezekiah, Study Guide
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, Study Guide 
How to Steal a Dog, Study Guide
Jim Limber Davis, Study Guide
Lawn Boy, Study Guide
The Lemonade Club, Study Guide 
Marley a Dog Like No Other, Study Guide  
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, Study Guide 
Moxy Maxell Does Not Love Stuart Little, Study Guide 
Satchel Paige, Study Guide

2010 Grades 6-8
Title List
Chaos Code, Study Guide 
Cracker the Best Dog in Vietnam, Study Guide 
Deep and Dark and Dangerous, Study Guide 
Diamonds in the Shadow, Study Guide 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Study Guide 
Dragon Slippers, Study Guide 
Elijah of Buxton, Study Guide 
Fire From the Rock, Study Guide 
Football Genius, Study Guide 
Gabriel's Horses, Study Guide 
Kimchi and Calamari, Study Guide 
Night of the Howling Dogs, Study Guide 
Peak, Study Guide 
Schooled, Study Guide
So Totally Emily Ebers, Study Guide

Grades 3-5

Title List
Brothers, Study Guide
The Diary of a Killer Cat, Study Guide
The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale, Study Guide
Maggie's Amerikay,Study Guide
My Name Is Sally Little Song, Study Guide
Night Boat to Freedom, Study Guide
The Prophecy, Study Guide
Room One: A Mystery or Two, Study Guide
Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare, Study Guide
Roxie and the Hooligans, Study Guide
Safe at Home, Study Guide
What Athletes Are Made Of, Study Guide
Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?, Study Guide
The Winner's Walk, Study Guide
The World's Greatest Elephant, Study Guide

Grades 6-8
Title List
Black Duck, Study Guide
Crossing the Wire, Study Guide
Dark Water Rising, StudyGuide
Escaping into the Night, Study Guide
Fairest, Study Guide
Grooves: A Kind of Mystery, Study Guide
Heat, Study Guide
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, Study Guide
Runaway Princess, Study Guide
Runaway, Study Guide
Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Study Guide
Shug, Study Guide
Sparrow, Study Guide
Storm Thief, Study Guide
The Legend of Bass Reeves, Study Guide

3-5th Grade Study Guides

Title List
A Bear Named Trouble, Study Guide
A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray, Study Guide
The Ghost’s Grave, Study Guide
A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms, Study Guide
Lucy Rose: Big on Plans, Study Guide
Lunch Money, Study Guide
Magyk, Study Guide
Mr. Williams, Study Guide
The Next-Door Dogs, Study Guide
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude, Study Guide
Precious and the Boo Hag, Study Guide
Pteranodon: The Life Story of a Pterosaur, Study Guide
Reaching for the Moon, Study Guide
The School is Not White! A True Story of the Civil Rights Movement, Study Guide
Show Way, Study Guide

6-8th Grade

Basketball (Or Something Like It)
Black Storm Comin
Blood Red Horse
Bodies from the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii
Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade
Code Orange
The Cottonmouth Club
Double Identity
Jazz A B Z: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits
The Lightning Thief
The Pig Scrolls
The Sacrifice
Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me
The Stumptown Kid

2007: Grades 3-5
Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains by Deborah Hopkinson.
The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Tonya Bolden. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson.
Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale by Candace Fleming.
Ida B: …And Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan.
The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements.
Mighty Jackie:  The Strike-Out Queen by Marissa Moss.
Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look.
Science Verse by Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by Lane Smith.
Secret Identity (Shredderman # 1) by Wendelin Van Draanen.
Sweet Music in Harlem by Debbie A. Taylor.
Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow.
Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail by Coleen Salley.
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney.
Worth by A. LaFaye.

2007: Grades 6-8
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel.
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.
Becoming Naomi León by Pam Ryan Muñoz
Bird by Angela Johnson.
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. Translated by Anthea Bell. 
Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy by Andrea Warren.
Journey to the Bottomless Pit:  The Story of Stephen Bishop and Mammoth Cave by Elizabeth Mitchell.
Never Mind! A Twin Novel by Rachel Vail and Avi.
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer.
So B. It: A Novel by Sarah Weeks.
The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery. Photographs by Nic Bishop.
The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck.
Technically It’s Not My Fault: Concrete Poems by John Grandits.
The Truth About Sparrows by Marian Hale.
The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick.

2006: Grades 3-5
Aliens from Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems by Mary Batten. Illustrated by Beverly Doyle.
Alligator Sue by Sharon Arms Doucet. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf.
Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illustrated by Colin Bootman.
Attack of the Mutant Underwear by Tom Birdseye.
Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia by Patrick O’Brien.
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech.
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson.
The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins by Bea Uusma Schyffert.
Moon's Cloud Blanket by Rose Anne St. Romain. Illustrated by Joan C. Waites.
Niagara Falls, or Does It? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.  
River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain by William Anderson. Illustrated by Dan Andreasen.
Rodzina by Karen Cushman.
Sacagawea by Lise Erdrich. Illustrated by Julie Buffalohead.
Snowed in with Grandmother Silk by Carol Fenner.  Illustrated by Amanda Harvey.  
Up the Learning Tree by Marcia Vaughan. Illustrated by Derek Blanks.

2006: Grades 6-8
The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. 
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa.
Don’t Hold Me Back:  My Life and Art by Winfred Rembert. 
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass. 
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo.
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes.
Prairie Whispers by Frances Arrington.
Remember the Lusitania! by Diana Preston. 
The River Between Us by Richard Peck. 
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge. 
Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz.
Vampire High by Douglas Rees.
The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans.

2005: Grades 3-5
The Boy Who Drew Cats by Lafcadio Hearn.  Adapted by Margaret Hodges.  Illustrated by Aki Sogabe.
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School by Mark Teague.  Illustrated by Mark Teague.
Dinosaur Hunt: Texas, 115 Million Years Ago by Karen Carr.  Illustrated by Karen Carr.  
Guy Wire by Sara Weeks.
The Jacket by Andrew Clements.  Illustrated by Dan Gonzalez.
Lapin Plays Possum: Trickster Tales from the Louisiana Bayou by Sharon Arms Doucet.  Illustrated by Scott Cook.
Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog’s Tale by Laurie Myers.  Illustrated by Michael Dooling.
My Chimp Friday: The Nana Banana Chronicles by Hester Mundis.
The Pot That Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel. Illustrated By David Diaz.
The Spider and the Fly by Mary Bothan Howitt.  Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi.
Talkin' about Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes.  Illustrated by Earl Lewis.
Togo by Robert J. Blake.
Travels with Tarra by Carol Buckley.
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan.  Illustrated by Brian Selznick.
When the Circus Came to Town by Laurence Yep.

2005: Grades 6-8
Coraline by Neil Gaiman. 
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi.
The Emperor’s Silent Army: Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China by Jane O’Connor. 
Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris.
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.
Hush by Jacqueline Woodson.
Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe.
Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris.
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science by John Fleischman.
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff.
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
Stand Tall by Joan Bauer. 
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan.
Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems by Kristine O’Connell George.
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements.

2004: Grades 3-5
Awful Ogre’s Awful Day by Jack Prelutsky. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky.
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer by Barbara Kerley.
Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.
The Great Chicken Debacle by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
I Was a Third Grade Spy by Mary Jane Auch. Illustrated by Herm Auch.
Imaginative Inventions: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Roller Skates, Potato Chips, Marbles, and Pie (and More!) written and illustrated by Charise Mericle
Leonardo’s Horse by Jean Fritz. Illustrated by Hudson Talbott.
Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco.
No More Nasty by Amy MacDonald.
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Earl Lewis.
Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell. Illustrated by Jim Harris.
Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter by Richard Platt. Illustrated by Chris Riddell.
A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko. Illustrated by
Christopher Raschka.
Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst. Illustrated by James Stevenson.
Storm Maker’s Tipi by Paul Goble.

2003: Grades 3-5
Armadillo Tattletale by Helen Ketteman.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.
Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice. Illus. by Robert Andrew Parker.
Ereth’s Birthday by Avi. Illus by Brian Floca.          
Fiddle Fever by Sharon Doucet.
Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport.                  
Jack Tales by Ray Hicks.
My Dog, My Hero by Betsy Ryars, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers.
Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa and Other Talking Drum Rhymes by Uzo Unobagha. Illus. by Julia Cairns.
Out of Sight: Pictures of Hidden Worlds by Seymour Simon
Radio Rescue by Lynne Barasch.
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis. Illus. by Daniel Minter.
So You Want to Be President? By Judith St. George.  Illus. by David Small.
Surviving Brick Johnson by Laurie Myers. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino.
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill.

2002: Grades 3-5
Abraham's Battle by Sara Harrell Banks
Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan. Illustrated by Brian Selznick
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Flicker Flash: Poems by Joan Bransfield Graham. Illustrated by Nancy Davis
The Hatseller and the Monkeys written and illustrated by Baba Wague Diakite
Little Cliff and the Porch People by Clifton Taulbert. Illustrated by Earl B. Lewis
The Lost Flower Children by Janet Taylor Lisle
Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill. Illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet
My Man Blue by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue
Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary
The Landry News by Andrew Clements
The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins
The Trolls by Polly Horvath
The Two Bullies written and illustrated by Junko Morimoto
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

2001: Grades 3-5
Bandit’s Moon by Sid Fleischmann. Illustrated by Joseph A. Smith
Boss of the Plains: The Hat That Won the West by Laurie Carlson. Illustrated by Holly Meade.
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by J. Brian Pinkney.
Feliciana Meets D’Loup Garou: A Cajun Tall Tale by Tynia Thomassie. Illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Illustrated by Mary Grandpre.
Insectlopedia: Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
Junebug and the Reverend by Alice Mead
Lucy Dove by Janice Del Negro
Mister and Me by Kimberly Willis Holt. Illustrated by Leonard Jenkins.
Ruthie’s Gift by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Illustrated by Dave Kramer.
Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables by Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by Lane Smith.  
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. Edited by Patricia Gauch.
The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis. Illustrated by Earl B. Lewis.
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson. Illustrated by Sue Parker.
Walter Wick’s Optical Tricks by Walter Wick.

2000: Grades 3-5
Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler. Illustrated by Terry Widener.
Hoops by Robert Burleigh. Illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson.
More Stories Huey Tells by Ann Cameron. Illustrated by Lis Toft.
Verdi by Janell Cannon.
Amber Brown Sees Red by Paula Danziger. Illustrated by Tony Ross.
Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff.
A Ring of Tricksters: Animal Tales from America, the West Indies, and Africa by Virginia Hamilton. Illustrated by Barry Moser.
Sun & Spoon by Kevin Henkes
Birdie’s Lighthouse by Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root.
Buddy by William Joyce.
Keepers Story by Lois Lowry. Illustrated by True Kelly.
White Water by P.J. Petersen.
Jacob Two-Two’s First Spy Case by Mordecai Richler. Illustrated by Norman Eyolfson.
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick.
Beany (Not Beanhead) and the Magic Crystal by Susan Wojciechowski. Illustrated by Susanna Natti.

Black Duck
Crossing the Wire
Dark Water Rising 
Escaping into the Night
Grooves: A Kind of Mystery 
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City 
Runaway Princess
Secrets of My Hollywood Life 
Storm Thief
The Legend of Bass Reeve