Required Reading

Required Reading

How it Works

  • Select two themed groups for which you would like to read:
    One for the morning session, and one for the afternoon session
  • Each group has a list of five books
    Some titles can be found on audio books
  • Please read all of the books in your discussion group, this will enhance the quality of the discussion groups.
  • For finding books: Printable Required Reading for 2017 – Books for the Beast (PDF)

Reading List, Books for the Beast 2017

At Odds

  • Prophecy by Ellen Oh*
  • Lucy and Linh Alice Pung
  • Scythe Neal Shusterman
  • Nimona Noelle Stevenson
  • The Hate U Give Angie Thomas

Own Who You Are

  • Flying Lessons & Other Stories Edited by Ellen Oh*
  • Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond
  • Air by Ryan Gattis
  • The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

It’s Never Too Late

  • Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani** and Maris Wicks **
  • Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly by Deborah Noyes
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Don’t Give Up

  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book One by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze
  • It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Girl In the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner,Illustrated by Gareth Hinds

Every Moment Matters

  • Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded by Jim Ottaviani**, Illustrated by Leland Purvis
  • The Wrath & the Dawn  by Renée Ahdieh
  • Under a Painted Sky  by Stacey Lee
  • Burn Baby Burn  by Meg Medina
  • Out of Darkness by Ashley Pérez

Sink or Swim

  • Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
  • Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by  Isabel Quintero
  • Girl At War by Sara Nović
  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

*Keynote Speaker
**Featured Speaker