Keystone to Reading Book Award

Given by Keystone State Literacy Association

145 Works 141,850 Books 7,250 Reviews 4.2
As a reading educator or secondary student in the state of Pennsylvania, teachers, librarians, MS and HS students have a unique opportunity to read the latest quality fiction and non-fiction books show more published.   Participating in the Keystone Book Awards Program sponsored by the Keystone State Reading Association is a great learning opportunity as well as a way to pick the winning books for author awards in the state of Pennsylvania. Two divisions are provided—Elementary and Secondary.  The Keystone to Elementary Book Awards is divided into three sub-groups: Preschool (Pre-K), Primary (K-3), and Intermediate (4-6), and an educator must oversee the participation of students.  Teachers agree to read a specified number of books to their students from the appropriate list (three preschool, four primary, or three intermediate) or have the books available for independent reading in their classrooms. The secondary division includes a Middle School list for 6th -8th graders; middle school students must participate through an educator. The High School list is available for 9th-12th graders, and participation may be sent in by educators or individual students.  Students must have read at least 4 of the books from the list to participate. Books chosen for the list are current publications that have been read and voted to the list by a committee of PA reading educators.  Additional resources, including annotated booklists, participation guidelines and forms, as well as the lists of previous winners can be found on the KSRA website at under Resources.  Student votes must be turned in by March 15th. show less
All, Winner (57), Nominee (88)
All, 2024 (50), 2016 (38), 2015 (5), 2014 (5), 2013 (3), 2012 (2), 2011 (2), 2010 (2), 2009 (2), 2008 (2), 2007 (2), 2006 (2), 2005 (2), 2004 (2), 2003 (2), 2002 (2), 2001 (2), 2000 (3), 1999 (2), 1998 (2), 1997 (1), 1996 (1), 1995 (1), 1994 (1), 1993 (1), 1992 (1), 1991 (1), 1990 (1), 1989 (1), 1988 (1), 1987 (1), 1986 (1), 1985 (1)

Winner 57

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy CookeElementary Award, Intermediate Level2015
When the Monsters Are Quiet by Alicia LloydElementary Award, Preschool Level2015
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew DaywaltElementary Award, Primary Level2015
The 5th Wave by Rick YanceySecondary Award, High School Level2015
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg SloanSecondary Award, Middle School Level2015
Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion by Heather LangElementary Award, Intermediate Level2014
It's Duffy Time! by Audrey WoodElementary Award, Preschool Level2014
Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Monica CarnesiElementary Award, Primary Level2014
The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenSecondary Award, High School Level2014
Three Times Lucky by Sheila TurnageSecondary Award, Middle School Level2014
Painter and Ugly by Robert J. BlakeElementary Award, Intermediate Level2013
Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends by Aaron ZenzElementary Award, Preschool Level2013
Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden (The Chippy Chipmunk) by Kathy M MillerElementary Award, Primary Level2013
The Can Man by Laura E. WilliamsElementary Award, Intermediate Level2012
Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin ScillianElementary Award, Primary Level2012
Bubble Homes and Fish Farts by Fiona BayrockElementary Award, Intermediate Level2011
First Dog by Beth ZappitelloElementary Award, Primary Level2011
Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen RappaportElementary Award, Intermediate Level2010
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby LarsonElementary Award, Primary Level2010
Punished! by David LubarElementary Award, Intermediate Level2009
The Perfect Nest by Catherine FriendElementary Award, Primary Level2009
Do Not Open This Book! by Michaela MunteanElementary Award, Intermediate Level2008
Not Afraid of Dogs by Susanna PitzerElementary Award, Primary Level2008
Lunch Money by Andrew ClementsElementary Award, Intermediate Level2007
Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! by Kelly DiPucchioElementary Award, Primary Level2007
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. BirneyElementary Award, Intermediate Level2006
Bed Hogs by Kelly S. DiPucchioElementary Award, Primary Level2006
A Week in the Woods by Andrew ClementsElementary Award, Intermediate Level2005
Diary of a Worm by Doreen CroninElementary Award, Primary Level2005
Megatooth by Patrick O'BrienElementary Award, Intermediate Level2004
Micawber by John LithgowElementary Award, Primary Level2004
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamilloElementary Award, Intermediate Level2003
The Web Files by Margie PalatiniElementary Award, Primary Level2003
REM World by Rodman PhilbrickElementary Award, Intermediate Level2002
Bedhead by Margie PalatiniElementary Award, Primary Level2002
A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by C. Coco De YoungElementary Award, Intermediate Level2001
Bark, George by Jules FeifferElementary Award, Primary Level2001
Jackie & Me by Dan GutmanElementary Award, Intermediate Level2000
Get Out Of Bed! by Robert MunschElementary Award, Primary Level2000
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia PolaccoElementary Award, Primary Level2000
Meanwhile... by Jules FeifferElementary Award, Intermediate Level1999
Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane StanleyElementary Award, Primary Level1999
The Music of Dolphins by Karen HesseElementary Award, Intermediate Level1998
Leo the Magnificat by Ann M. MartinElementary Award, Primary Level1998
Piggie Pie! by Margie PalatiniElementary Level1997
The Rattlebang Picnic by Margaret MahyElementary Level1996
Stellaluna by Janell CannonElementary Level1995
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean MyersElementary Level1994
The Salamander Room by Anne MazerElementary Level1993
Is This a House for Hermit Crab? by Megan McDonaldElementary Level1992
Rainbow Crow by Nancy Van LaanElementary Level1991
Chester's Way by Kevin HenkesElementary Level1990
More surprises (An I can read book) by Lee Bennett HopkinsElementary Level1989
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda WilliamsElementary Level1988
The Relatives Came by Cynthia RylantElementary Level1987
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy ParishElementary Level1986
Saint George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend by Margaret HodgesElementary Level1985

Nominee 88

Cloaked in Courage: Uncovering Deborah Sampson, Patriot Soldier by Beth AndersonElementary Award, Intermediate Level2024
Keeper of the Light: Juliet Fish Nichols Fights the San Francisco Fog by Caroline ArnoldElementary Award, Intermediate Level2024
Starring Steven Spielberg: The Making of a Young Filmmaker by Gene BarrettaElementary Award, Intermediate Level2024
Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic by Kelly CrullElementary Award, Intermediate Level2024
Copycat: Nature-inspired Design Around the World by Christy HaleElementary Award, Intermediate Level2024
The Seagull and the Sea Captain by Sy MontgomeryElementary Award, Intermediate Level2024
Building an Orchestra of Hope: How Favio Chavez Taught Children to Make Music from Trash by Carmen OliverElementary Award, Intermediate Level2024
Pizza!: A Slice of History by Greg PizzoliElementary Award, Intermediate Level2024
Fly by Brittany J. ThurmanElementary Award, Intermediate Level2024
Yuck, You Suck!: Poems about Animals That Sip, Slurp, Suck by Jane YolenElementary Award, Intermediate Level2024
Fire Chief Fran by Linda AshmanElementary Award, Preschool Level2024
Mud! by Annie BaileyElementary Award, Preschool Level2024
Zack and Ike Are Exactly Alike by Suzanne BloomElementary Award, Preschool Level2024
Bus Stop by Angela H. DaleElementary Award, Preschool Level2024
How Can We Be Kind?: Wisdom from the Animal Kingdom by Janet HalfmannElementary Award, Preschool Level2024
Where the Wee Ones Go: A Bedtime Wish for Endangered Animals by Karen JamesonElementary Award, Preschool Level2024
Home Is Where the Birds Sing by Cynthia RylantElementary Award, Preschool Level2024
Tree Hole Homes: Daytime Dens and Nighttime Nooks by Melissa StewartElementary Award, Preschool Level2024
Things We Feel by Sylvia VardellElementary Award, Preschool Level2024
I’ll Always Come Back to You by Carmen TafollaElementary Award, Preschool Level2024
Ten blocks to the Big Wok : a Chinatown counting book by HuElementary Award, Primary Level2024
Old Friends by Margaret AitkenElementary Award, Primary Level2024
The Tide Pool Waits by Candace FlemingElementary Award, Primary Level2024
A Poem Grows Inside You by Katey HowesElementary Award, Primary Level2024
Francis Discovers Possible by Ashlee LatimerElementary Award, Primary Level2024
If This Bird Had Pockets: A Poem in Your Pocket Day Celebration by Amy Ludwig VanDerwaterElementary Award, Primary Level2024
A Planet Like Ours by Frank MurphyElementary Award, Primary Level2024
All from a Walnut by Ammi-Joan PaquetteElementary Award, Primary Level2024
The Secret Life of the Sea Otter by Laurence PringleElementary Award, Primary Level2024
Abdul's Story by Jamilah Thompkins-BigelowElementary Award, Primary Level2024
Hollow Fires by Samira AhmedSecondary Award, High School Level2024
Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime by Candace FlemingSecondary Award, High School Level2024
We Deserve Monuments by Jas HammondsSecondary Award, High School Level2024
Five Survive by Holly JacksonSecondary Award, High School Level2024
Love Radio by Ebony LaDelleSecondary Award, High School Level2024
A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. LinSecondary Award, High School Level2024
A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. OlsonSecondary Award, High School Level2024
Man-Made Monsters: Man Made Monsters by Andrea RogersSecondary Award, High School Level2024
Finding Jupiter by Kelis RoweSecondary Award, High School Level2024
All My Rage by Sabaa TahirSecondary Award, High School Level2024
Odder by Katherine ApplegateSecondary Award, Middle School Level2024
Thirst by Varsha BajajSecondary Award, Middle School Level2024
Crash from Outer Space: Unraveling the Mystery of Flying Saucers, Alien Beings, and Roswell (Scholastic Focus) by Candace FlemingSecondary Award, Middle School Level2024
Attack of the Black Rectangles by A. S. KingSecondary Award, Middle School Level2024
The Fort by Gordon KormanSecondary Award, Middle School Level2024
Hummingbird by Natalie LloydSecondary Award, Middle School Level2024
The Elephant Girl by James PattersonSecondary Award, Middle School Level2024
Omar Rising by Aisha SaeedSecondary Award, Middle School Level2024
The Tryout: A Graphic Novel by Christina SoontornvatSecondary Award, Middle School Level2024
Dear Student by Elly SwartzSecondary Award, Middle School Level2024
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen BryantElementary Award, Intermediate Level2016
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature by Sarah C. CampbellElementary Award, Intermediate Level2016
Fire Birds by Sneed B. CollardElementary Award, Intermediate Level2016
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs DavisElementary Award, Intermediate Level2016
Lend a Hand: Poems About Giving by John FrankElementary Award, Intermediate Level2016
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. HolmElementary Award, Intermediate Level2016
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie LloydElementary Award, Intermediate Level2016
All the Answers by Kate MessnerElementary Award, Intermediate Level2016
Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story by Margot Theis RavenElementary Award, Intermediate Level2016
Voices from the Oregon Trail by Kay WintersElementary Award, Intermediate Level2016
Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizziElementary Award, Preschool Level2016
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita GrayElementary Award, Preschool Level2016
Shoe Dog by Megan McDonaldElementary Award, Preschool Level2016
Druthers by Matt PhelanElementary Award, Preschool Level2016
Number One Sam by Greg PizzoliElementary Award, Preschool Level2016
Construction by Sally SuttonElementary Award, Preschool Level2016
Bear Sees Colors by Karma WilsonElementary Award, Preschool Level2016
A Mom For Umande by Maria FaulconerElementary Award, Primary Level2016
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla FrazeeElementary Award, Primary Level2016
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do by Steve JenkinsElementary Award, Primary Level2016
Dozer's Run: A True Story of a Dog and His Race by Debbie LevyElementary Award, Primary Level2016
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. MuthElementary Award, Primary Level2016
A Baby Elephant in the Wild by Caitlin O'ConnellElementary Award, Primary Level2016
Another Day as Emily by Eileen SpinelliElementary Award, Primary Level2016
Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa StewartElementary Award, Primary Level2016
Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer WardElementary Award, Primary Level2016
The Night Gardener by Jonathan AuxierSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
El Deafo by Cece BellSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
Absolutely Almost by Lisa GraffSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood by Nathan HaleSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh JohnsonSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
The Great Greene Heist by Varian JohnsonSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
The Boundless by Kenneth OppelSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
How the Beatles Changed the World by Martin W. SandlerSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly SchindlerSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
Boys of Blur by N. D. WilsonSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi WingetSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonSecondary Award, Middle School Level2016


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