Sponsored by SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

The Massachusetts Children's Book Award is unique because kids get to choose the winner!
Each year an expert panel--teachers, librarians, parents--creates a list of 25 books to compete for the award. 
Kids in grades 4-6 across the state get to vote for their favorite if they read at least five nominees.

Participating in MCBA at Vets Park is as easy as 1-2-3!
  1. Read at least 5 books on the MCBA list
  2. Fill out a form for each book
  3. Vote for your favorite to win the award
To get started Just come to the library, where we have books, forms, and lists. (Forms and lists can also be downloaded below.)

Students who vote will be invited to a celebration at the end of the year, where we'll have fun and prizes, sponsored by the Ludlow Elementary PTO

The deadline for voting is Friday, March 15, 2019, so don't delay!

This year, MCBA meets BOOK MADNESS! The top 16 MCBA nominees will be put into the Book Madness bracket in March, so stay tuned for that!

The MCBA nominees for the 2018-2019 award are:

  • Anderson, J.D. (2016). Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.
  • Arnold, E. (2017). A Boy Called Bat.
  • Barnett, M. (2015). The Terrible Two.
  • Blabey, A. (2016). The Bad Guys #1.
  • Chad, J. (2016). Science Comics: Volcanoes.
  • Connor, L. (2016). All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook.
  • DiCamillo, K. (2016). Raymie Nightingale.
  • Dinerstein, E. (2016). What Elephants Know.
  • Dumas, F. (2016). It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel.
  • Gannon, N. (2017). The Doldrums.
  • Gidwitz, A. (2016). The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog.
  • Grimes, N. (2017). One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Hahn, M. D. (2016). Took: A Ghost Story.
  • Hale, N. (2015). The Underground Abductor.
  • Kelly, J. (2015). The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate.
  • Lord, C. (2015). A Handful of Stars.
  • Martin, A.M. (2014). Rain Reign.
  • Nielsen, J.A. (2015). A Night Divided.
  • Pennypacker, S. (2016). Waylon! One Awesome Thing.
  • Ponti, J. (2016). Framed: A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery.
  • Reynolds, J. (2016). Ghost.
  • Rhodes, J.P. (2016). Towers Falling.
  • Shovan, L. (2016). The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.
  • Tavares, M. (2015). Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues.
  • Wolk, L. (2016). Wolf Hollow.

The 2017-2018 winner was The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.  (Click here to see the rest of last year's list.)
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