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2017
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
 
2017
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
 
2016 
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 
 
2016
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
 
2015
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
 
2015
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 
 
2014
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
 
2014
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
 
2013
Grades 3-5
Title List
All Star! : Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever by Jane Yolen. Study Guide
The Case of the Lost Boy: The Buddy Files Book 1 by Dori Hillestad Butler. Illus. Jeremy Tugeau. Teacher's Guide from publisher.
Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. Illus. Juan Wijngaard. Study Guide
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill. Illus. Bryan Collier. Study Guide 
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor. Study Guide
The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco. Guide from Publisher
Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer. Illus. Josee Massee. Study Guide
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama. Illus. Loren Long. Guide from Publisher
Ol Bloo’s Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble by Jan Huling. Illus. Henri Sorenson. Study Guide
The PS Brothers by Maribeth Boelts. Study Guide
The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, Volume 1 by Jacqueline West Illus. Poly Bernatene. Study Guide
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord. Guide from Publisher
We the Children: Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School Bk. 1 by Andrew Clements. Discussion Guide from Publisher
Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson. Guide from the Author
Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas. Study Guide

2013
Grades 6-8
Title List
The Call (bk. 1 in The Magnificent 12 series) by Michael Grant, Guide Resources on offical book website
The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham, Study Guide
Heist Society by Ally Carter, Study Guide from Publisher
Hide and Seek by Katy Grant, Study Guide
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart, Guide Created by Mother Daughter Book Club
The Limit by Kristen Landon, Resources from Author and Publisher
Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell, Study Guide
Max Cassidy: Escape From Shadow Island by Paul Adam, Study Guide
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Guide from Publisher
Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Study Guide 
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger, Study Guide
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham, Study Guide from Publisher

2012

Grades 3-5
Title List
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
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2012
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 http://www.theamandaidentitykit.com/.
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
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2011
Grades 3-5

Title List

PowerPoint
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

PowerPoint
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
 

2010
Grades 3-5
Title List

Powerpoint

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
Powerpoint
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

2009
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

2009
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

2008
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

2008
6-8th Grade

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

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 [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/BLACK DUCK STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Crossing the Wire [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/CROSSING THE WIRE STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Dark Water Rising [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/DARK WATER RISING STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Escaping into the Night [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/ESCAPING%20INTO%20THE%20NIGHT%20STUDY%20GUIDE.doc ]
Fairest [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/FAIREST STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Grooves: A Kind of Mystery [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/GROOVES STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Heat [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/HEAT STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/KIKI STRIKE STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Runaway Princess [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/RUNAWAY PRINCESS STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Runaway [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/RUNAWAY STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Secrets of My Hollywood Life [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/SECRETS%20OF%20MY%20HOLLYWOOD%20LIFE%20STUDY%20GUIDE.doc ]
Shug [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/SHUG STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Sparrow [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/SPARROW STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
Storm Thief [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/STORM THIEF STUDY GUIDE.doc ]
The Legend of Bass Reeves [Link: http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/THE%20LEGEND%20OF%20BASS%20REEVES%20STUDY%20GUIDE.doc ]