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 these 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

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2017: The Little Red Light House and The Great Gray Bridge

2018: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweile


2019: Hariett the Spy

2020: Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island (Click for more information about the book)