Great Reads About Great Places

Each year the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book asks each state to submit a title to be included in the “Great Reads About Great Places” reading list. The list is then included on the Discover Great Places Through Reading Map that is distributed in the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival.

The Empire State Center for the Book, the New York State affiliate of the National Center for the Book is proud to provide the list of this good read for children or teens selected since 2002.

  • 2002: Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • 2003: Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • 2004: Eloise, a Book for Precocious Grown Ups by Kay Thompson
  • 2005: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • 2006: Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  • 2007: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • 2008: Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman
  • 2009: River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River by Hudson Talbott
  • 2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • 2011: Journey to Mohawk Country by George O’Connor
  • 2012: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • 2013: Next Stop Grand Central by Maira Kalman
  • 2014: Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
  • 2015: Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin
  • 2016: Lost in NYC: Watch a video with the author
  • 2017: The Little Red Light House and The Great Gray Bridge
  • 2018: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
  • 2019: Hariett the Spy
  • 2020: Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island (Click for more information about the book)