CTRO Logo with 2023 & 2024 Booklist and Readers' Tookits (in text) and State Library, Ohio Center for the Book, and Ohioana logos
January 11, 2023

The 2023 & 2024 Choose to Read Ohio program cycle officially kicks off this month with the release of readers’ toolkits for the 2023 & 2024 CTRO booklist, which features 20 great books for all ages and reading levels.

To support and encourage book discussion groups, library programs, and other activities to bring readers together around books, the CTRO Advisory Council creates a readers’ toolkit for each CTRO book. Each toolkit includes an author biography, discussion questions, extension activities, and resources to engage curiosity and explore themes in depth. Toolkits for all 135 books previously selected to CTRO since its inception in 2009 are available for free download on the CTRO website. Most toolkits for the 2023 & 2024 books are now available; a few are still in production.

The 2023 & 2024 Choose to Read Ohio booklist
(click for book information and link to toolkit)

Books for Young Children

Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long*
Jenny Mei Is Sad by Tracy Subisak
Only Ants for Andy by Jashar Awan
Watercress by Andrea Wang*, illustrated by Jason Chin
Zee Grows a Tree by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand* (toolkit in production)
(*Asterisk denotes Ohio creator of co-created book.)

Books for Tweens / Middle Grades

The Many Meanings of Meilan by Andrea Wang
Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages (toolkit in production)
Rule of Threes by Marcy Campbell
Things Seen from Above by Shelley Pearsall
Where We Used to Roam by Jenn Bishop

Books for Teens

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
Himawari House by Harmony Becker
Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud

Books for Adults

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf
The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka (toolkit in production)
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit by Eliese Colette Goldbach (toolkit in production)
World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Download and print the 2023 & 2024 CTRO booklist.

Choose to Read Ohio spotlights Ohio authors and illustrators and promotes reading across Ohio. Started in 2009 by the State Library of Ohio and the Ohioana Library with the Ohio Center for the Book and Ohio’s libraries, CTRO celebrates the bounty and diversity of published literature by Ohioans and invites Ohioans of all ages to read and enjoy books together.


Please contact Janet Ingraham Dwyer at jdwyer@library.ohio.gov with any questions about CTRO.


Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov