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52 Great Reads

Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Why not read the book suggested for your state or district and then learn, through these books, about the other places that interest you?

Click on a state to view suggested titles by states or download the complete lists.

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Alabama

  • The Hidden Summer

    2014 selection
    The Hidden Summer,
    Gin Phillips

  • Don't Feed the Boy

    2013 selection
    Don't Feed the Boy,
    Irene Latham

  • The Secret World of Walter Anderson

    2012 selection
    The Secret World of Walter Anderson,
    Hester Bass

Alaska

  • Grizzly Bears of Alaska: Explore the Wild World of Bears

    2014 selection
    Grizzly Bears of Alaska: Explore the Wild World of Bears,
    Debbie S. Miller and Patrick J. Endres

  • Lucy's Dance

    2013 selection
    Lucy's Dance,
    Deb Vanasse

  • My Name Is Not Easy Tells Alaska's Story

    2012 selection
    My Name Is Not Easy Tells Alaska's Story,
    Debby Dahl Edwardson

Arizona

  • Monster in the Rocks

    2014 selection
    Monster in the Rocks,
    Conrad J. Storad

  • Cheery; The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog

    2013 selection
    Cheery; The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog,
    Elizabeth W. Davidson

  • Arizona Way Out West & Witty

    2012 selection
    Arizona Way Out West & Witty,
    Lynda Exley and Conrad J. Storad

Arkansas

  • N Is for Natural State:  An Arkansas Alphabet

    2014 selection
    N Is for Natural State: An Arkansas Alphabet,
    Michael Shoulders

  • Natural State Notables: 21 Famous People from Arkansas

    2013 selection
    Natural State Notables: 21 Famous People from Arkansas,
    Steven Teske

  • The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

    2012 selection
    The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict,
    Trenton Lee Stewart

California

  • The Tree Lady

    2014 selection
    The Tree Lady,
    H. Joseph Hopkins

  • The Camping Trip that Changed America

    2013 selection
    The Camping Trip that Changed America,
    Barb Rosenstock

  • One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

    2012 selection
    One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street,
    Joanne Rocklin

Colorado

  • The Tumbleweed Came Back

    2014 selection
    The Tumbleweed Came Back,
    Carmela LaVigna-Coyle

  • Katrina's Wish

    2013 selection
    Katrina's Wish,
    Jeannie Mobley

  • Light Up the Night

    2012 selection
    Light Up the Night,
    Jean Reidy

Connecticut

  • Strega Nona

    2014 selection
    Strega Nona,
    Tomie dePaola

  • In Pursuit of the Common Good: Twenty-Five Years of Repairing the World, One Bottle of Salad Dressing at a Time

    2013 selection
    In Pursuit of the Common Good: Twenty-Five Years of Repairing the World, One Bottle of Salad Dressing at a Time,
    Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner

  • 2012 selection
    Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are,
    Maurice Sendak

Delaware

  • Saving Lucas Biggs

    2014 selection
    Saving Lucas Biggs
    Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

  • Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops

    2013 selection
    Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops
    Jill Biden

  • Red Knot: A Shorebird's Incredible Journey

    2012 selection
    Red Knot: A Shorebird's Incredible Journey
    Nancy Carol Willis

Florida

  • Dolphin Tale 2: The Junior Novel

    2014 selection
    Dolphin Tale 2: The Junior Novel,
    Gabrielle Reyes

  • Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again

    2013 selection
    Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again,
    Juliana, Isabella and Craig Hatkoff

  • Secret of the Night Ponies

    2012 selection
    Secret of the Night Ponies,
    Joan Hiatt Harlow

Georgia

  • A Bird on Water Street

    2014 selection
    A Bird on Water Street,
    Elizabeth O. Dulemba

  • Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers

    2013 selection
    Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers,
    Tanya Lee Stone

  • Return of the Library Dragon

    2012 selection
    Return of the Library Dragon,
    Carmen Agra Deedy

Hawaii

  • Under the Blood-Red Sun

    2014 selection
    Under the Blood-Red Sun,
    Graham Salisbury

  • Ili Na Ho'omana'o o Kalaupapa/Casting Remembrances of Kalaupapa

    2013 selection
    Ili Na Ho'omana'o o Kalaupapa/Casting Remembrances of Kalaupapa,
    Anwei Skinsnes Law and Valerie Monson

  • Moon Mangoes

    2012 selection
    Moon Mangoes,
    Lindy Shapiro

Idaho

  • Boys of Blur

    2014 selection
    Boys of Blur,
    N.D. Wilson

  • Polly Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer

    2013 selection
    Polly Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer,
    Priscilla Wegars

  • The Birthday Box

    2012 selection
    The Birthday Box,
    Leslie Patricelli

Illinois

  • Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau

    2014 selection
    Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau,
    Andrea Beaty

  • My Friend Rabbit

    2013 selection
    My Friend Rabbit,
    Eric Rohmann

  • Rock 'n' Roll Mole

    2012 selection
    Rock 'n' Roll Mole,
    Carolyn Crimi

Indiana

  • Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger

    2014 selection
    Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger,
    John A. Beineke

  • Ashfall

    2013 selection
    Ashfall,
    Mike Mullin

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog

    2012 selection
    Clifford the Big Red Dog,
    Norm Bridwell

Iowa

  • Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

    2014 selection
    Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table,
    Jacqueline Briggs Martin

  • Here Lies Linc

    2013 selection
    Here Lies Linc,
    Delia Ray

  • The Magic Thief

    2012 selection
    The Magic Thief,
    Sarah Prineas

Kansas

  • The Adventures of Beanboy

    2014 selection
    The Adventures of Beanboy,
    Lisa Harkrader

  • Doc: A Novel

    2013 selection
    Doc: A Novel,
    Mary Doria Russell

  • Moon Over Manifest

    2012 selection
    Moon Over Manifest,
    Clare Vanderpool

Kentucky

  • All Aboard! The Belle of Louisville

    2014 selection
    All Aboard! The Belle of Louisville,
    Marie Bradby

  • Appalachian Toys and Games

    2013 selection
    Appalachian Toys and Games,
    Linda Hager Pack

  • Sailing to Freedom

    2012 selection
    Sailing to Freedom,
    Martha Bennett Stiles

Louisiana

  • A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife

    2014 selection
    A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife,
    Whitney Stewart

  • The Ghost Tree

    2013 selection
    The Ghost Tree,
    Yvette Landry

  • Goodnight Acadiana

    2012 selection
    Goodnight Acadiana,
    Leslie Crawford Costner

Maine

  • A Path of Stars

    2014 selection
    A Path of Stars,
    Anne Sibley O'Brien

  • Time of Wonder

    2013 selection
    Time of Wonder,
    Robert McCloskey

  • Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness

    2012 selection
    Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness,
    Donn Fendler

Maryland

  • Genie Wishes

    2014 selection
    Genie Wishes,
    Elisabeth Dahl

  • Calvert the Raven in the Battle of Baltimore: Flying Through History

    2013 selection
    Calvert the Raven in the Battle of Baltimore: Flying Through History,
    J. Scott Fuqua

  • Closed for the Season

    2012 selection
    Closed for the Season,
    Mary Downing Hahn

Massachusetts

  • Letting Swift River Go

    2014 selection
    Letting Swift River Go,
    Jane Yolen

  • Zachary's Ball

    2013 selection
    Zachary's Ball,
    Matt Tavares

  • The Disappearing Island

    2012 selection
    The Disappearing Island,
    Corinne Demas

Michigan

  • Bluffton

    2014 selection
    Bluffton,
    Matt Phelan

  • Bear Has a Story to Tell

    2013 selection
    Bear Has a Story to Tell,
    Philip C. and Erin Stead

  • Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art

    2012 selection
    Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art of All Ages,
    Jane Shapiro

Minnesota

  • Moo!

    2014 selection
    Moo!,
    David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka

  • It's a Tiger!

    2013 selection
    It's a Tiger!,
    David LaRochelle

  • BookSpeak! Poems About Books

    2012 selection
    BookSpeak! Poems About Books,
    Laura Purdie Salas

Mississippi

  • Mississippi Trial, 1955e

    2014 selection
    Mississippi Trial, 1955,
    Chris Crowe

  • Glory Be

    2013 selection
    Glory Be,
    Augusta Scattergood

  • A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty

    2012 selection
    A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty,
    Carolyn J. Brown

Missouri

  • Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom

    2014 selection
    Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom,
    Shane W. Evans

  • Pirates

    2013 selection
    Pirates,
    David L. Harrison

  • Hate List

    2012 selection
    Hate List,
    Jennifer Brown

Montana

  • Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses

    2014 selection
    Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses,
    Charlotte Caldwell

  • When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone

    2013 selection
    When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone,
    Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

  • The Glaciers Are Melting

    2012 selection
    The Glaciers Are Melting,
    Donna Love

Nebraska

  • House Held Up by Trees

    2014 selection
    House Held Up by Trees,
    Ted Kooser

  • Bag in the Wind

    2013 selection
    Bag in the Wind,
    Ted Kooser

  • Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era

    2012 selection
    Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era,
    David Bristow

Nevada

  • The Secret Life of Streams

    2014 selection
    The Secret Life of Streams,
    Lynell Marie Garfield

  • Bending Willow

    2013 selection
    Bending Willow,
    Jacci Turner

  • Play in the Clouds: A Tomas the Tortoise Adventure

    2012 selection
    Play in the Clouds: A Tomas the Tortoise Adventure,
    Mike Miller

New Hampshire

  • Cat in the Clouds

    2014 selection
    Cat in the Clouds,
    Eric Pinder

  • The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!

    2013 selection
    The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!,
    Rebecca Rule

  • Wish

    2012 selection
    Wish,
    Joseph Monninger

New Jersey

  • Bayshore Summer: Finding Eden in a Most Unlikely Place

    2014 selection
    Bayshore Summer: Finding Eden in a Most Unlikely Place,
    Pete Dunne

  • The Scarlet Stocking Spy

    2013 selection
    The Scarlet Stocking Spy,
    Trinka Hakes Noble

  • Jazz

    2012 selection
    Jazz,
    Walter Dean Myers

New Mexico

  • How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico

    2014 selection
    How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico,
    Rudolfo Anaya, Nasario Garcia, translator

  • Grandpa Lolo's Navajo Saddle Blanket/La Tilma de Abuelito Lolo

    2013 selection
    Grandpa Lolo's Navajo Saddle Blanket/La Tilma de Abuelito Lolo,
    Nasario GarcĂ­a

  • A History of New Mexico Since Statehood

    2012 selection
    A History of New Mexico Since Statehood,
    Robert J. Torrez, Sandra Mathews, Richard Melzer

New York

  • Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

    2014 selection
    Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade,
    Melissa Sweet

  • Next Stop Grand Central

    2013 selection
    Next Stop Grand Central,
    Maira Kalman

  • Wonderstruck

    2012 selection
    Wonderstruck,
    Brian Selznick

North Carolina

  • The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

    2014 selection
    The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing,
    Sheila Turnage

  • Hope's Gift

    2013 selection
    Hope's Gift,
    Kelly Starling Lyons

  • The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

    2012 selection
    The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic,
    Allan Wolf

North Dakota

  • Sacagawea

    2014 selection
    Sacagawea,
    Lise Erdrich

  • Hope's Gif

    2013 selection
    Hope's Gift,
    Kelly Starling Lyons

  • A Boy Called Slow

    2012 selection
    A Boy Called Slow,
    Joseph Bruchac

Ohio

  • Rosa

    2014 selection
    Rosa,
    Nikki Giovanni

  • Library Mouse

    2013 selection
    Library Mouse,
    Daniel Kirk

  • Colo's Story: The Life of One Grand Gorilla

    2012 selection
    Colo's Story: The Life of One Grand Gorilla,
    Nancy Roe-Pimm

Oklahoma

  • How I Became a Ghost

    2014 selection
    How I Became a Ghost,
    Tom Tingle

  • Fearless Flight: The Amazing Adventures of Wiley Post

    2013 selection
    Fearless Flight: The Amazing Adventures of Wiley Post,
    Eric Dabney and Janice Johnson

  • The Trial of Standing Bear

    2012 selection
    The Trial of Standing Bear,
    Frank Keating

Oregon

  • Tulip Sees America

    2014 selection
    Tulip Sees America,
    Cynthia Rylant

  • Everyone Out Here Knows: A Bigfoot Tale

    2013 selection
    Everyone Out Here Knows: A Bigfoot Tale,
    William Stafford

  • Wildwing

    2012 selection
    Wildwing,
    Emily Whitman

Pennsylvania

  • No Fits, Nilson

    2014 selection
    No Fits, Nilson,
    Zachariah O Hora

  • Stop Snoring, Bernard!

    2013 selection
    Stop Snoring, Bernard!,
    Zachary O Hora

Rhode Island

  • Swim That Rock

    2014 selection
    Swim That Rock,
    John Rocco and Jay Primiano

  • Angel of the Battlefield

    2013 selection
    Angel of the Battlefield,
    Ann Hood

  • The Amazing Adventures of John Smith Jr., aka Houdini

    2012 selection
    The Amazing Adventures of John Smith Jr., aka Houdini,
    Peter Johnson

South Carolina

  • All Around Town: The photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts

    2014 selection
    All Around Town: The photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts,
    Dinah Johnson

  • How I Became a Pirate

    2013 selection
    How I Became a Pirate,
    Melinda Long

  • Virals

    2012 selection
    Virals,
    Kathy Reichs

South Dakota

  • Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend

    2014 selection
    Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend,
    Donald F. Montileaux, Agnes Gay, translator

  • Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures

    2013 selection
    Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures,
    Rebecca L. Johnson

  • Walking Along: Plains Indian Trickster Stories

    2012 selection
    Walking Along: Plains Indian Trickster Stories,
    Paul Goble

Tennessee

  • A Snicker of Magic

    2014 selection
    A Snicker of Magic,
    Natalie Lloyd

  • My Blue Is Happy

    2013 selection
    My Blue Is Happy,
    Jessica Young

  • Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends

    2012 selection
    Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends,
    Carol Buckley

Texas

  • With His Pistol In His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero

    2014 selection
    With His Pistol In His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero,
    Americo Paredes

  • The Time It Never Rained

    2013 selection
    The Time It Never Rained,
    Elmer Kelton

  • Old Yeller

    2012 selection
    Old Yeller,
    Fred Gipson

US Territories

  • Sirena: A Mermaid Legend From Guam

    2014 selection
    Sirena: A Mermaid Legend From Guam,
    Tanya Chargualaf Taimanglo

  • My Grandma Loves to Play

    2013 selection
    My Grandma Loves to Play,
    Winifred "Oyoko" Loving

  • Enchanting Tales of Guam

    2012 selection
    Enchanting Tales of Guam,
    Tina Camacho Pablo

Utah

  • Girls Don't Fly

    2014 selection
    Girls Don't Fly,
    Kristen Chandler

  • How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum

    2013 selection
    How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum,
    Jessie Hartland

  • Pingo

    2012 selection
    Pingo,
    Brandon Mull

Vermont

  • Gravity

    2014 selection
    Gravity,
    Jason Chin

  • Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl

    2013 selection
    Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl,
    Jessie Haas

  • The Canada Geese Quilt

    2012 selection
    The Canada Geese Quilt,
    Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Virginia

  • Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus

    2014 selection
    Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus,
    Tom Angleberger

  • Tia Isa Wants a Car

    2013 selection
    Tia Isa Wants a Car,
    Meg Medina

  • Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

    2012 selection
    Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band,
    Kwame Alexander

Washington

  • The Trouble With May Amelia

    2014 selection
    The Trouble With May Amelia,
    Jennifer L. Holm

  • Wheedle and the Noodle

    2013 selection
    Wheedle and the Noodle,
    Stephen Cosgrove

  • Envy

    2012 selection
    Envy,
    Gregg Olsen

Washington, D.C.

  • The Man With the Violin

    2014 selection
    The Man With the Violin,
    Kathy Stinson

  • Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women

    2013 selection
    Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women,
    Kathleen Krull

  • Eliza's Cherry Trees: Japan's Gift to America

    2012 selection
    Eliza's Cherry Trees: Japan's Gift to America,
    Andrea Zimmerman

West Virginia

  • The King of Little Things

    2014 selection
    The King of Little Things,
    Bil Lepp

  • Canary in the Coal Mine

    2013 selection
    Canary in the Coal Mine,
    Madelyn Rosenberg

  • Child of the Mountains

    2012 selection
    Child of the Mountains,
    Marilyn Sue Shank

Wisconsin

  • Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

    2014 selection
    Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table,
    Jaqueline Briggs Martin

  • Aldo Leopold's Shack: Nina's Story

    2013 selection
    Aldo Leopold's Shack: Nina's Story,
    Nancy Nye Hunt

  • Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin

    2012 selection
    Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin,
    Stuart Stotts

Wyoming

  • Wyoming Firsts: Children's Book

    2014 selection
    Wyoming Firsts: Children's Book,
    First Lady of Wyoming, Carol Mead

  • Little Wyoming

    2013 selection
    Little Wyoming,
    Eugene Gagliano

  • The Guardian Team: On the Job with Rena and Roo

    2012 selection
    The Guardian Team: On the Job with Rena and Roo,
    Cat Urbigkit