Tuesday, March 10, 2015

MCBA awards are coming!

Massachusetts Children's Book Award

After finding that many children lose interest in books after reaching the intermediate grades, Dr. Helen Constant founded the Massachusetts Children's Book Award program in 1975. Designed for Massachusetts schoolchildren in grades 4-6, the program briefly included grades 7-9 from 1978 through 1983.
Today, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders are given a "master list" of book titles. After reading five of the books, students may vote for their favorite. The list is compiled from nominations of participating teachers, librarians and interested publishers. A selection committee works with the nominations and chooses 25 titles to appear on the master list.
Criteria for the master list include literary quality, genres variety, representation of diverse cultural groups and reader appeal. Originally, only books published in the years immediately before the award were eligible. Between 1983 and 1995, however, older titles became eligible. Now, only books published within five years of the award year are eligible. Titles on the master list are all available in paperback. The author of the winning book receives a plaque to commemorate the award.
Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2015

 Master List for 2014-2015

Abdel-Fattah, R. (2012). The Friendship Matchmaker. (Walker Childrens) 

Bauer, M. D. (2012). Little Dog, Lost. (Atheneum)

Bradley, T. J. (2013). Infestation. (Scholastic)

Cervantes, J. (2010).
Tortilla Sun. (Chronicle Books)

Connor, L. (2010). Crunch. (Katherine Tegen Books)

Cox, J. (2012).
The Secret Chicken Society. (Holiday House)

Creech, S. (2012).
The Great Unexpected. (HarperCollins)

Epstein, A. J., & Jacobson, A. (2010).
The Familiars. (HarperCollins)

Fairlie, E. (2012).
The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck. (Katherine Tegen Books)

Frazier, S. (2012).
Brendan Buckley’s Sixth-Grade Experiment. (Delacorte)

Kelly, D. A. (2011).
Ballpark Mysteries #1: The Fenway Foul-Up. (Random House)

Levine, K. (2012).
The Lions of Little Rock. (Putnam Juvenile)

Lin, G. (2012).
Dumpling Days (A Pacy Lin Novel). (Little, Brown)

Lorenzi, N. D. (2012).
Flying the Dragon. (Charlesbridge)

MacLachlan, P. (2013).
White Fur Flying. (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Messner, K. (2012).
Capture the Flag. (Scholastic)

Myron, V. (2010).
Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story. (Little, Brown)

Perl, E. (2011).
When Life Gives You O.J. (Knopf)

Riordan, R. (2011).
The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, Book 2). (Disney-Hyperion) 

Rocklin, J. (2011). One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street. (Harry N. Abrams) 

Schroeder, L. (2011). Sprinkles and Secrets. (Aladdin)

Stead, R. (2012). Liar & Spy. (Wendy Lamb Books)

Tarshis, L. (2010). I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916. (Scholastic)

Watson, G. (2010). Edison’s Gold. (EgmontUSA)

West, J. (2010). The Shadows (The Book of Elsewhere, Vol. 1). (Dial)