History of

Previous Hastings Reads Themes

2007: Families and Racism: Stories of Hardship and Strength

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers by Christine King Farris

2008: The Environment

Field Guide from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Planet Patrol by Marybeth Lorbecki

2009: The Stories We Tell

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

The Legend of Minnesota by Kathy-jo Wargin

2010: Minnesota Charm

Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor

Saturday Night Dirt by Will Weaver

Up North at the Cabin by Marsha Wilson Chall


2011: Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience

Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Little Cricket by Jackie Brown

My Name is Sangoel by Karen Williams


2012: The Civil War: Why We Remember

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

Iron Thunder by Avi

B is for Battle Cry by Patricia Bauer


2013: It's a Dog's Life

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

On the Road by Lucy Nolan

Emmy of Whistling Well Farm by Charlie Johnson


2014: Bounce: Stories of Resilience

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg


2015: Journeys: Riding the Orphan Trains

Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

Rodzina by Karen Cushman

Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting


2016: Making Connections

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Emmy and the Rude Rooster by Charlie Johnson


2017: The Japanese American Experience

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai


2018: Refugee Voices

The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Their Great Gift by John Coy and Wing Young Huie


2019: All Are Welcome

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Posted by John David Anderson

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun by Maria Dismondy


2020: Speaking, Listening, and the Space In Between

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson

Say Something! by Peter Reynolds


2021: A Good Time for the Truth

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson


2022: Native American Voices - Celebration and Resilience

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Indian No More by Charlene Willing Mcmanis and Traci Sorell

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard