The Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl 2024-25 Booklists are now available. Elementary schools will read the 10 books marked for Grades 4-5 that are nominees for the 2024-25 Georgia Children’s Book Award (GCBA). Middle Schools will only read the 10 books marked for Grades 6-8 that are nominees for the 2024-25 GCBA.  The High Schools will read the 20 books that are nominees for the 2024-25 Georgia Peach Award.

The following list is for elementary schools.

Grades 4-5             

Brockenbough, M. (2023). To Catch a Thief. Scholastic.

Case, J. (2022). Little Monarchs. Margaret Ferguson Books.          

Kuyatt, M. E. (2023). Good Different. Scholastic.

Ortega, C. A. (2023). Frizzy. First Second Books.

Reynolds, J. (2023). It’s the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit. Scholastic.

Souders, T. (2023) The Mystery of the Radcliffe Riddle. Sourcebooks.

Tandon, N. (2022) The Way I Say It. Charlesbridge.

Tang, B. (2023). Parachute Kids. Graphix.

Thomas, A. (2023). Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy. Balzer + Bray.

Warga, J. (2022). A Rover’s Story. Balzer + Bray

The following list is for middle schools.

Alexander, K. (2022). The Door of No Return. Little Brown Books.

Cohen, E. B. (2023). Two Tribes. Heartdrum.

Day, N. (2023). The Mona Lisa Vanishes. Random House Studio.

Giles, C. D. (2023). Not an Easy Win. Random House.

Lackey, L. (2023). Farther than the Moon. Roaring Brook Press.

Lerner, J. (2023). A Work In Progress. Alladin.

Maldonado, T. (2023) Hands. Nancy Paulsen Books.

Martin, P. (2023) Mexikid. Dial Books.

Swinarski, C. (2023). What Happened To Rachel Riley. Quill Tree Books.

Tavares, M. (2023) Hoops. Candlewick Press.

The following list is for high schools.

Ander and Santi Were Here by Jonny Garza Villa

Chaos Theory by Nic Stone

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

The Getaway by Lamar Giles

Give Me a Sign by Anna Sortino

Hungry Ghost by Victoria Ying

If Tomorrow Doesn’t Come by Jen St. Jude

In Nightfall by Suzanne Young

Invisible Son by Kim Johnson 

The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

A Long Stretch of Bad Days by Mindy McGinnis

My Father, The Panda Killer by Jamie Jo Hoang

Project Nought by Chelsey Furedi

Rez Ball by Byron Graves

Royal Blood by Aimée Carter

She is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran

Star Splitter by Matthew Kirby

Thieves’ Gambit by Kayvion Lewis

To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose

Where You See Yourself by Claire Forrest