Act 3 is proud to have its book Designing Victory selected for the Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) Booklist

Robert P. Madison’s uplifting story of his struggle to dare, dream and achieve international acclaim against almost impossible odds is one of 5 adult books selected for this prestigious honor. Read more below from the State Library of Ohio.

20 Books Selected for the 2021 & 2022 Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) Booklist.

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April 14, 2020 – 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.

Of note especially during the public health emergency: CTRO can help create these communities even in a time of social distancing. Many titles on the new booklist, such as Go Ahead in the Rain, The Lake Effect, Invisible Emmie, and others, are available as ebooks through the Ohio Digital Library and other ebook providers. Many previous CTRO selections are also available digitally.

Also, each CTRO book features a free downloadable readers’ toolkit. The toolkits are packed with ideas and resources, including an author biography, discussion questions, activities, book jacket and author photos, and links for further exploration of the book’s themes, topics, or setting. Toolkits for all CTRO titles through the 2019 & 2020 booklist (115 books in all!) are available at Toolkits for the 2021 & 2022 titles will be created and added starting in fall 2020.

Previous CTRO booklists have spotlighted titles by Ohio authors and illustrators including Jacqueline Woodson, Susan Orlean, Wil Haygood, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Drew Daywalt, Louise Borden, Denise Fleming, Will Hillenbrand, Virginia Hamilton, Angela Johnson, Paula McLain, J. Patrick Lewis, Daniel Kirk, Dav Pilkey, Katrina Kittle, and many others.

The 2021 & 2022 CTRO booklist was developed by an advisory council representing schools, libraries, and literary organizations, with input from 59 Ohio teachers, librarians, and other book lovers who served as CTRO electors.

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.

Click here to read more on the State Library of Ohio’s website.