The Massachusetts Children's Book Award (MCBA) consists of a yearly list of 25 literature selections -- chosen by an expert panel of teachers, librarians, and parents -- which are then voted on by students in grades 4-6 to determine that year's winner. Students must read at least 5 of the selections in order to be eligible to vote for their favorite.

This year, we're bringing back the party! 

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

To begin, all you need to do is start reading! Then make sure to fill out a form for each book. (Stop by the library or print one out below.)

The deadline for voting is Friday, March 16, 2018, so don't delay!

Last year's winner was El Deafo, by Cece Bell.

The nominees for the 2017-2018 award are:

  • Abbott, T. (2014). The Forbidden Stone. (Katherine Tegen Books)
  • Angelberger, T. (2016). Inspector Flytrap. (Amulet Books)
  • Baptiste, T. (2015). The Jumbies. (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Bradley, K. B. (2015). The War that Saved My Life. (Puffin Books)
  • Camper, C. (2014). Lowriders in Space. (Chronicle Books)
  • Draper, S. (2015). Stella by Starlight. (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
  • Gibbs, S. (2014). Space Case: A Moon Base Alpha Novel. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Hilton, M. (2015). Full Cicada Moon. (Puffin Books)
  • Hunt, L. M. (2015). Fish in a Tree. (Puffin Books)
  • Jamieson, V. (2015). Roller Girl. (Dial Books)
  • Jennings, K. (2014). Maps & Geography. (Little Simon)
  • Levy, D. A. (2014). Misadventures of the Family Fletcher. (Yearling Books)
  • MacLachan, P. (2013). The Truth of Me: About a Boy, His Grandmother, and a Very Good Dog. (Harper Collins)
  • Milford, K. (2014). Greenglass House. (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  • Nye, N. S. (2014). The Turtle of Oman. (Greenwillow Books)
  • Oppel, K. (2015). Nest. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Pearsall, S. (2015). The Seventh Most Important Thing. (Yearling Books)
  • Perkins, L. R. (2014). Nuts to You. (Harper Collins)
  • Sands, K. (2015). The Blackthorn Key. (Aladdin)
  • Shurtliff, L. (2015). Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk. (Yearling Books)
  • Spinelli, E. (2014). Another Day as Emily. (Random House Children's Books)
  • Stroud, J. (2013). Screaming Staircase. (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Wicks, M. (2016). Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean. (First Second Books)
  • Woods, B. (2014). The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond. (Puffin Books)
  • Woodson, J. (2014). Brown Girl Dreaming. (Puffin Books)

Salem State University sponsors the program, and more information can be found at their MCBA page, including lists of past winners.
Zack Richer,
Nov 2, 2016, 10:31 AM
Zachary Richer,
Nov 30, 2017, 11:11 AM