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Who's ready for a virtual road trip?
Our NYPL book experts assembled 51 books—one for each state, plus the District of Columbia—for young readers, starting with bright picture books for the littlest kids and ending with evocative novels for young adults.
With some old favorites and some newly published titles, this list should ring a few familiar bells and introduce you to a couple Newbery, Printz, and other major award-winning books that you may not already know.
Have more suggestions? Let us know in the comments. And if you want to read across America via books for adults, check out our list for grown-up readers, too.
California: Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen by Debbie Michiko FlorenceColorado: Katerina's Wish by Jeannie MobleyConnecticut: Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson by Sharon RobinsonDelaware: Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware by M.T. Anderson
South Carolina: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonSouth Dakota: By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder (part of the Little House on the Prarie series)Tennessee: The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow MillerTexas: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.
Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you'd recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!