National Book Foundation’s BookUp

As a key part of BookUp, each student reads and receives his or her own copies of a group of books each semester. Students also select titles for purchase on field trips. The following are some of the books read in BookUp group sessions:

The Death of Jayson Porter, Jaime Adoff
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez
One! Hundred! Demons!, Lynda Barry
Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume
Tyrell, Coe Booth
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges
And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
My Brother Sam is Dead, James Lincoln Collier
Behind the Mountains, Edwidge Danticat
The Fire Thief Fights Back, Terry Deary
Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
Darkness Before Dawn, Sharon Draper
The Skin I'm In, Sharon Flake
Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself, Margaret Frith
Ego-Tripping, Nikki Giovanni
The Julian Game, Adele Griffin
Bronx Masquerade, Nikki Grimes
Tyger Tyger, Kersten Hamilton
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes, Langston Hughes
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Breaking Through, Francisco Jimenez
The First Part Last, Angela Johnson
Leaving Atlanta, Tayari Jones
Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney
Liar, Justine Larbalestier
Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen
Confetti Girl, Diana Lopez
Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
Angry Black White Boy, Adam Mansbach
Sold, Patricia McCormick
Harlem Hustle, Janet McDonald
The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer
El Bronx Remembered, Nicholasa Mohr
Locas Yxta, Maya Murray
Monster, Walter Dean Myers
A.D.: New Orleans after the Flood, Josh Neufeld
Of Thee I Sing, Barack Obama
Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell
Graffiti Girl, Kelly Parra
Harmless, Dana Reinhardt
Ninth Ward, Jewell Parker Rhodes
Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
The Boy Without a Flag, Abraham Rodriguez, Jr.
Sixth Grade Secrets, Louis Sachar
When I Was Puerto Rican, Esmeralda Santiago
The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez, Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Stitches, David Small
Knots in My Yo-Yo String, Jerry Spinelli
A Young People's History of the United States, Rebecca Stefoff and Howard Zinn
Black and White, Paul Volponi
Uglies trilogy, Scott Westerfeld
How I Made It to Eighteen, Tracy White
Jumped, Rita Williams-Garcia
After Tupac and D. Foster, Jacqueline Woodson
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X
American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang
Story of a Girl, Sara Zarr