Crown Nominated Books

The Grand Teton Stampede

By C.R. Fulton

Twelve-year-old Isaiah Rawlings wished for only one thing this summer, a camping trip outside of Kentucky. I’m so tired of camping in my backyard, he groaned. Isaiah pleads with his parents to reconsider their usual summer trip to dusty old museums and big cities.When his dad unexpectedly announces a trip to Grand Teton National Park, Isaiah is ecstatic! On the second night of camping, He wakes to a thunderous noise that grows louder and louder. The ground begins to tremble. Earthquake?! Isaiah scrambles from his tent…When Isaiah, his cousin Ethan, and sister Sadie investigate the next morning, tracks lead them back to a broken fence. As they scan the surrounding area, something seems off…Why? More than one set of tracks lead into the park. Was this stampede accidental or is there more to the story?

Nominated

2024-2025 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.9

Published by Bakken Books

ISBN# 979-8436149448 (PB)

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The Inkwell Chronicles: The Ink of Elspet

By J.D. Peabody

When their father goes missing after a mysterious train crash, Everett and his little sister Bea find a curious pen in his belongings, and its magical Ink begins to rewrite their once-ordinary lives. The Ink leads them to a world they never knew existed—one teeming with impossible magic, formidable allies, and villains who are determined to destroy everything they hold dear. Together, Everett and Bea embark on an adventure through secret tunnels in England and Scotland to find and protect the last Inkwell, and ultimately to save their father. But in order to do so, Everett must find a way to tap into the most magical power of all: his courage. Perfect for fans of The Silver Arrow, the Bookwanderers, and Inkheart, this classic battle of good and evil pits creativity against the forces that would seek to blot it out for good.

Nominated

2024-2025 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by WorthyKids

ISBN# 978-1546001980 (HB)

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Billy Miller Makes A Wish

By Kevin Henkes

On his eighth birthday, Billy Miller wishes for something exciting to happen. None of his wishes are answered the way he expects, but he does have lots of surprises, and the final one is possibly the best one ever.

Nominated

2023-2024 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.1

Published by Greenwillow Books

ISBN# 978-0063042797 (HB)

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Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars

By Laurie Wallmark, Illustrated by Brooke Smart

This biography tells the story of Elizebeth Friedman (1892–1980), a brilliant American code breaker who smashed Nazi spy rings, took down gangsters, and created the CIA’s first cryptology unit.

Nominated

2023-2024 Crown Award

Reading Level: 6.3

Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1419739637 (HB)

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Cooper’s Story

By W. Bruce Cameron

Cooper, a malamute-Great Dane puppy, finds purpose as service dog and emotional support animal to fifth-grader Burke, a boy in a wheelchair.

Honor

2023-2024 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.4

Published by Starscape

ISBN# 978-1250163387 (HB)

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Dear Student

By Elly Swartz

When Autumn becomes the secret voice of the advice column in her middle school newspaper she is faced with a dilemma—can she give fair advice to everyone, including her friends, while keeping her identity a secret?

Nominated

2023-2024 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Delacorte Press

ISBN# 978-0593374122 (HB)

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Jack vs. the Tornado

By Amanda Cleary Eastep

10-year-old Jack is shocked to discover his parents are moving from their rural homestead to the boring suburbs of Chicago. Full of energy and determination, Jack devises a plan to get himself back to his beloved farmhouse forever. Only three things stand in his way: a neighbor in need, a shocking discovery, and tornado season.

Nominated

2023-2024 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Moody Publishers

ISBN# 978-0802421029 (HB)

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Mr. Lemoncello’s Very First Game

By Chris Grabenstein

Luigi has a knack for games and puzzles, but sometimes it feels like the cards are stacked against him. When a carnival arrives in town, Luigi gets the chance of a lifetime.

Nominated

2023-2024 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.2

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0593480830 (HB)

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