Massachusetts Children’s Book Award

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award

The reason for establishing the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award program in 1975 was the observation by the award founder, Dr. Helen Constant, that once having learned to read, many children lose interest in books when they reach the intermediate grades. Designed for school children in grades 4-6, the program also included grades 7-9 from 1978 through 1983.

Presently, fourth, fifth and sixth graders who have read five books from the Master List vote for their favorite book. These books are chosen for their literary quality, variety of genres, representation of diverse cultural groups, and reader appeal.

2013

MCBA WINNER

Because of Mr. Terupt
By Rob Buyea

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2012

MCBA WINNER

When You Reach Me
By Rebecca Stead

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2011

MCBA WINNER


11 Birthdays 
By Wendy Mass

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2010

MCBA WINNER

book coverFound
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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2009

MCBA WINNER

book coverThe Mysterious Benedict Society
 by Trent Lee Stewart

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2008

MCBA WINNER

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The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

2007

MCBA WINNER

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The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo

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