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Past Great Reads

Great Reads books are selected each year by Center for the Book affiliates or state libraries for the National Book Festival. Most are for children and young adult readers.

The following are previous titles chosen by the Arkansas Center for the Book:

  • 2021: Crossings Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals, Katy S. Duffield
  • 2020: Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters, Emily Roberson
  • 2019: Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Carla Killough McClafferty
  • 2018: March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals
  • 2017: The Secret Keepers, Trenton Lee Stewart
  • 2016: Petit Jean: a Wilderness adventure, William B. Jones
  • 2015: The Big Ideas of Buster Bickles, Dave Wasson
  • 2014: N Is for Natural State: An Arkansas Alphabet, Michael Shoulders
  • 2013: Natural State Notables: 21 Famous People from Arkansas, Steven Teske
  • 2012: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, Trenton Lee Stewart
  • 2011: The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon, Carla Killough McClafferty
  • 2010: So Over My Head, Jenny B. Jones
  • 2009: Water Steps, A. LaFaye
  • 2008: The Mysterious Benedict Society & the Perilous Journey, Trenton Lee Stewart
  • 2007: The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart
  • 2006: Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium, Carla Killough McClafferty
  • 2005: A Painted House, John Grisham
  • 2004: The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman, Darcy Pattison
  • 2003: City of Names, Kevin Brockmeier
  • 2002: Summer of My German Soldier, Bette Greene

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