The State Library of Ohio and the Ohioana Library Association, with the Ohio Center for the Book and the Choose to Read Ohio Advisory Council, are pleased to announce the 20 books selected for the 2021 & 2022 Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) booklist.

From rising stars including debut author Justin A. Reynolds and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Oge Mora, to the late literary giant Toni Morrison, the new booklist gathers exciting, talented creators who work across genres, explore a wide array of topics, and appeal to all age groups.

The CTRO initiative promotes reading across Ohio through a biennial booklist of 20 representative titles for all ages. CTRO booklists spotlight and celebrate the rich and diverse tapestry of published literature by Ohioans.

CTRO helps libraries, schools, families, book clubs, and others build communities of readers and an appreciation of Ohio authors, illustrators, and literature. CTRO promotes reading across the Buckeye State by encouraging Ohioans of all ages to read and share books created by native Ohioans and Ohio residents.

2021 & 2022 Choose to Read Ohio booklist

Books for Adults

Hanif Abdurraqib, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest

Robert P. Madison* with Carlo Wolff*, Designing Victory: A Memoir: The Architect Who Dared, Dreamed, and Achieved International Acclaim

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Michael J. Rosen, A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber

George Takei, Justin Eisinger*, Steven Scott*, and Harmony Becker*, They Called Us Enemy

Books for Teens

David Arnold, Mosquitoland

Christopher Barzak, The Gone Away Place

Ronni Davis, When the Stars Lead to You

Erin McCahan, The Lake Effect

Justin A. Reynolds, Opposite of Always

Books for Tweens/Middle Grades

Mary Kay Carson, The Tornado Scientist: Seeing Inside Severe Storms

Sharon M. Draper, Blended

Michelle Houts, Count the Wings: The Life and Art of Charley Harper

Terri Libenson, Invisible Emmie

Jasmine Warga, Other Words for Home

Books for Young Children

Skila Brown, Clackety Track: Poems About Trains; illustrated by Jamey Christoph*

Matt de la Peña, Love; illustrated by Loren Long*

Rukhsanna Guidroz, Leila in Saffron; illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova*

Rita Lorraine Hubbard, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read; illustrated by Oge Mora*

Sandra Markle*, Hush Up and Hibernate!; illustrated by Howard McWilliam

*Asterisk denotes Ohio creator of co-created book.