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

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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

2022Native 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

2023Identity - Being Truly You

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From   by  Jennifer de Leon

Stunt Boy in the Meantime   by Jason Reynolds

Jellybeans  by Kiersten Hall

2024It's Going to be Okay

Darius the Great is Not Okay  by Adib Khorram

                     Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Drapper

      Looking for Happy  by Ty Chapman