The Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl 2023-24 Booklists are now available. Elementary schools will read the 10 books marked for Grades 4-5 that are nominees for the 2023-24 Georgia Children’s Book Award (GCBA). Middle Schools will only read the 10 books marked for Grades 6-8 that are nominees for the 2023-24 GCBA.  The High Schools will read the 20 books that are nominees for the 2023-24 Georgia Peach Award.

The following list is for elementary schools.

  1. Varsha, B. (2022). Thirst. Nancy Paulsen.
  2. Gemeinhart, D. (2022). The midnight children. Henry Holt.
  3. Hicks, F. E. (2022). Ride on. First Second Books.
  4. Kramer, J. K. (2021). The list of unspeakable fears. Atheneum.
  5. McDunn, G. (2022). Honestly Elliott. Bloomsbury.
  6. Nguru, S. (2022). Mwikali and the forbidden mask. Lantana Publishers.
  7. Perez, C. C. (2021). Tumble. Kokila.
  8. Roe, M. (2022). Air: A novel. Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
  9. Saeed, A. (2022). Omar rising. Nancy Paulsen.
  10. Sumner, J. (2022). The summer of june. Atheneum.

The following list is for middle schools.

  1. Cisneros, E. (2022). Falling short. Quill Tree Books.
  2. Fajardo, K. (2022). Miss quinces. Graphix. 
  3. Faruqi, R. (2022). Golden girl. Harper Collins.
  4. Hale, B. (2022). Super troop. Scholastic.
  5. Hiranandani, V. (2021). How to find what you’re not looking for. Kokila.
  6. King, A. S. (2022). Attack of the black rectangles. Scholastic.
  7. Lukoff, K. (2021). Too bright to see. Dial Books.
  8. Okogwu, T. (2022). Onyeka and the academy of the sun. Margaret K. McElderry.
  9. Sass, A. J. (2022). Ellen outside the lines. Little Brown Books.
  10. Yee, L. (2022). Maizy Chen’s last chance. Penguin Random House.

The following list is for high schools.

  1. The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow & Liz Lawson
  2. All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
  3. All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown
  4. The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian
  5. Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney
  6. The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Screfer
  7. The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  8. The Heartbreak Bakery by A. R. Capetta
  9. Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed
  10. How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  11. I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
  12. Into the Sublime by Kate A. Boorman
  13. Kneel by Candace Buford
  14. Love Times Infinity by Lane Clark
  15. My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth
  16. Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters
  17. See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  18. The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas
  19. This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
  20. Tonight We Rule the World by Zack Smedley