Massachusetts Children's Book Awards

2022-2023 Titles

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure among students in grades four through six. The Massachusetts Children's Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University.

The Winner (2021-22): 
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Audiobook.

The Nominees:
Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos 
Twins by Varian Johnson 
Black Brother Black Brother by Jewell Parker-Rhodes 
I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944: A Graphic Novel by Lauren Tarshis
Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman 
Lemons by Melissa Savage 
P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy 
Arlo Finch and the Valley of Fire  by John August 
A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry 
The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead 
Yummy: A History of Desserts by Victoria Grace Elliot 
Alone by Megan E. Freeman 
Amari and the Night Brothers by. B. B. Alston 
Isaiah Dunn is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist 
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park 
Roll with It by Jamie Sumner 
Too Bright To See  by Kyle Lukoff 
Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas 
CeCe Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera 
Ancestor Approved by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Simon B Rhymin  by Dwayne Reed 
Float by Laura Martin 
Marley Dias Gets it Done  by Marley Dias 
Dragon Egg Princess by Ellen Oh 
History Smashers: Plagues and Pandemics by Kate Messner

Massachusetts Children's Book Awards

2021-2022 Titles

The Winner: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

The Nominees:
Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander - ebook 
Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows (Book 1) by Ryan Calejo - ebook 
City Spies by James Ponti -ebook 
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone - ebook 
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble ( Book 1) by Ann Meriano
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina - ebook
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga - ebookaudiobook
The Pants Project by Cat Clarke - ebook
Save Me a Seat by Weeks and Varadarajan - ebook & audiobook
Scouts by Sharon Greenland
The Storm Runner (Book 1) by J.C. Cervantes - ebook
The Talk : Conversations about Race, Love & Truth edited by Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson
To: Night Owl From: Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
The Twelve by Cindy Lin
Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson
We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey - ebook
What’s the Issue: Climate Change (Book 3) by Tom Jackson and Cristina Guitian
When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten - ebook
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jameison and Omar Mohamed
The Wild Robot (Book 1) by Peter Brown - ebook & audiobook
The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
Zayd Saleem Chasing the Dream: Power Forward; On Point: Bounce Back by Hena Khan

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure
among students in grades four through six. The Massachusetts Children's Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University. Learn more by visiting its website:

Massachusetts Children's Book Awards

2020-2021 Titles

The Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander - ebook & audiobook
The Nominees:
Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean
by Steve Sheinkin - ebook & audiobook
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - ebook & audiobook
The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods - ebook
Checked by Cynthia Kadohata - ebook & audiobook
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot - ebook & audiobook
The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget - ebook
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit - ebook & audiobook
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome - ebook & audiobook
Front Desk by Kelly Yang - ebook & audiobook
Guts by Raina Telgemeier - ebook
I Survived...the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 by Lauren Tarshis - ebook & audiobook
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis - ebook & audiobook
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood - ebook & audiobook
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani - ebook & audiobook
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai - ebook & audiobook
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez - ebook & audiobook
She Dared: Bethany Hamilton by Jenni L. Walsh - ebook
The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi - ebook & audiobook
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly - ebook & audiobook
Stargazing by Jen Wang - ebook
The Thrifty Guide to The American Revolution by Jonathan W. Stokes - ebook
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor - ebook & audiobook
Unbound by Ann E. Burg - ebook & audiobook
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA by Brenda Woods - ebook & audiobook
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino - audiobook
For additional information about the Massachusetts Children's Book Awards which is sponsored by Salem State University and to see previous book awards, please visit the website https://massachusettschildren'
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