Calling all 4th – 8th Graders! From fantasy to realistic fiction, there are a lot of choices.

If you like Fantasy:
The Pearl Hunter by Miya Beck  The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow by Elaine Dimopoulos  The Eyes and the Impossible by Dave Eggers  Vivian Lantz' Second Chances by Kathryn Ormsbee

If you like Science Fiction:

The Tree and the River by Aaron Becker  We the Future by Cliff Lewis  Forever Twelve by Stacy McAnulty

If you like Graphic Novels and Autobiographies:
Hoops by Matt Tavares  Ink Girls by Majeke Nijkamp  A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat  Mexikid by Pedro Martin

If you like Scary Stories:
The Carrefour Curse by Dianne Salerni  The International House of Dereliction by Jacqueline Davies  The Skull by Jon Klassen  Don't Want to be Your Monster by Deke Moulton

If you like Mysteries:
The Winterton Deception: Final Word by Janet Sumner Johnson  The Mystery of the Radcliffe Riddle

If you like Action and Adventure:
Deadlands: The Hunted by Skye Melki-Wegner  How to Stay Invisible by Maggie Rudd

If you like Historical Fiction:
Bea and the New Deal Horse by L.M. Elliott  The Lost Year by Katherine Marsh  World Made of Glass by Ami Polonsky

If you like Novels in Verse:
Something Like Home by Andrea Beatriz Arango  Good Different by Meg Eden Kuyatt

If you like Realistic Stories:
Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow  Farther than the Moon by Lindsay :acley  Code Red by Joy McCullough  Shannon in the Spotlight by Kelena Miller  The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. Schmidt  The Death and Life of Benny Brooks by Ethan Long  Lasagna Means I Love You by Kate O'Shaughnessy  The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGuinn by Sally Pla

If you like Non-fiction:
Over the Rainbow: The Science, Magic, and Meaning of Rainbows by Rachael Davis   The Museum on the Moon: The Curious Objects on the Lunar Surface by Irene Latham  How Old is a Whale? by Lily Murray  Girls Make Movies by Mallory O'Meara

For Teens:
Impossible Escape by Steve Sheinkin  The Moonlit Vine by Elizabeth Santiago  The Night Raven by Johan Rundberg  The Probability of Everything by Sarah Everett

What is the Maine State Book Award?
Teachers and librarians nominate the books. Kids read, then vote for their favorite story.
Here’s how it works:
  • Be in 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.
  • Read three or more books from the list.
  • Vote at the library before 6:00 PM on March 31, 2022.