Massachusetts Children's Book Award (MCBA)

Each year, children in grades 4, 5, and 6 from across Massachusetts read five or more books from a list of nominees and then vote for their favorite. Books published within five years of the award year are eligible, and nominations are made based on criteria such as literary quality, genre variety, representation of diverse cultural groups, and reader appeal. The award is sponsored by Salem State University.

Select a title below to learn more and request it from our libraries!
  1. 2021
  2. 2020
  3. 2019
  4. 2018
  5. 2017
  6. 2016
  7. 2015
  8. 2014
  9. 2013

Book Title Author
Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean
by Steve Sheinkin
The Book of Boy
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker
by Matilda Woods
Checked
by Cynthia Kadohata
Dragons in a Bag
by Zetta Elliott
The End of the Wild
by Nicole Helget
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret
by Trudi Trueit
Finding Langston
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Front Desk
by Kelly Yang
Guts
by Raina Telgemeier
I Survived...the Great Molasses Flood, 1919
by Lauren Tarshis
The Journey of Little Charlie
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Lifeboat 12
by Susan Hood
The Night Diary
by Veera Hiranandani
Pie in the Sky
by Remy Lai
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
by Carlos Hernandez
She Dared: Bethany Hamilton
by Jenni L. Walsh
The Sky at Our Feet
by Nadia Hashimi
Song for a Whale
by Lynne Kelly
Stargazing
by Jen Wang
The Thrifty Guide to The American Revolution
by Jonathan W. Stokes
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
by Leslie Connor
Unbound
by Ann E. Burg
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA
by Brenda Woods
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!
by Alex Gino