Monday, May 14, 2018

Massachusetts Children's Book Award Nominees 2018-2019


Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
Sponsored by Salem State University
Master List 2018-2019 Nominees 


The Bad Guys (Episode #1) by Aaron Blabey
A Boy Called Bat by by Elana Arnold
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon 
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas 
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
One Last Word by Nikki Grimes
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life by Jon Chad
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale
Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker
What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

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Massachusetts Children's Book Award Master List for 2018-2019 (pdf)





MCBA 2018-2019 Nominated Book List by Grade Level



MCBA 2018 Book List by Grade Level
Grade
Title
Author
F&P
Lexile
Early Grade 4
A Boy Called Bat
Arnold, Elana
R
760
The Bad Guys (Episode #1)
Blabey, Aaron
P
GN
The Underground Abductor
Hale, Nathan
S
370L
Waylon! One Awesome Thing
Pennypacker, Sara
Q
680
Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues
Tavares, Matt
N
730
Grade 4
The Terrible Two
Barnett, Mac
R
620
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
Connor, Leslie
W
540
Raymie Nightingale
DiCamillo, Kate
V
550
A Handful of Stars
Lord, Cynthia
S
690
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
Shovan, Laura
T
NP
Grade 5
Science Comics: Volcanoes
Chad, Jon
n/a
n/a
The Doldrums
Gannon, Nicholas
V
680
Rain Reign 
Martin, Ann M.
T
720
Framed: A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery
Ponti, James
n/a
680
Wolf Hollow
Wolk, Lauren
X
800
Grade 6
What Elephants Know
Dinerstein, Eric
n/a
790
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel
Dumas, Firoozeh
n/a
730
Took: A Ghost Story
Hahn, Mary Downing
n/a
690
Ghost 
Reynolds, Jason
Z
730
Towers Falling
Rhodes, Jewell Parker
W
410
Grade 6+
Ms. Bixby's Last Day
Anderson, John David
Z
800
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
Gidwitz, Adam
n/a
620
One Last Word
Grimes, Nikki
n/a
n/a
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate
Kelly, Jacqueline
Z
860
A Night Divided
Nielsen, Jennifer A.
Y
810

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor



All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
by 
Leslie Connor

About the Book

Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home.

When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from . . . but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?


 
Click here to read a sample of the book 


Click here to read an excerpt from ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK.

Author's Website

About the Author

After graduating with a degree in fine art, Leslie was more interested in illustrating children’s books than writing them. But the ideas kept coming and she finally realized she better write them down!
In the morning, she and her three rescue dogs hike or ski the trails by her home in the Connecticut woods; Leslie lives there with her husband.

Discussion Questions

Vocabulary Activity
Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
  1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
  2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
  3. What is the definition of the word?
  4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
  5. Explain how the word connects to the story. 
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the 
other MCBA books you read.



The Bad Guys: (Episode 1) by Aaron Blabey



The Bad Guys (Episode1)
by  
Aaron Blabey 
About the Book

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys... and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys’ first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?

Author's Website

About the Author

Aaron Blabey is an Australian author of children's books and artist, who until the mid-2000s was also an actor. 
Born: 1974 (age 44 years), Australia
Nationality: Australian

Read a Sample of this Book.

  

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The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable (The Bad Guys #2)
The Bad Guys' next mission is busting chickens out of captivity! But they're up against sizzling lasers, a feisty tarantula, and their very own Mr. Snake, who's also known as the Chicken Swallower. What could possibly go wrong?  


The Bad Guys in The Furball Strikes Back (The Bad Guys #3)
The Bad Guys are about to have a very BAD day!
Mr. Wolf and his bad buddies have messed with the wrong guinea pig, one who is secretly an evil mad scientist. And the nasty little furball wants revenge! Will they survive? Will they be heroes? And will they ever stop trying to eat each other?!?
It's time for the Bad Guys to spring into action!  


The Bad Guys in Attack of the Zittens (The Bad Guys #4)
It's a zombie kitten apocalypse! Can the Bad Guys save the world from evil Dr. Marmalade's meowing monsters?!? They'll need help from foxy Agent Fox, a swampy secret zombie antidote, and the feistiest, toothiest, hungriest granny around. Get ready to watch the fur fly!  


The Bad Guys in Intergalactic Gas (The Bad Guys #5)
 The bad news? The world is ending. The good news? The Bad Guys are back to save it! Sure, they might have to “borrow” a rocket. And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits. And Mr. Piranha miiiight have eaten too many bean burritos. Surviving this mission may only be one small step for man, but it’s one giant leap for the Bad Guys.


The Bad Guys in Alien vs Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #6)
The Bad Guys are vanishing! A creature with TONS of teeth and WAY too many butts is stealing them, one by one. Is this the end for the Bad Guys? Maybe. Will it be funny? You bet your butts it will!  


Vocabulary Activity

Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
  1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
  2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
  3. What is the definition of the word?
  4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
  5. Explain how the word connects to the story. 
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the 
other MCBA books you read.

A Boy Called Bat by by Elana Arnold



A Boy Called Ba
by 
Elana Arnold

About the Book 

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.

But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

Author's Website


A Boy Called Bat Educator's Resource Guide

About the Author

ELANA K. ARNOLD writes books for and about children and teens. She holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of California, Davis where she has taught Creative Writing and Adolescent Literature. Her most recent YA novel, WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her middle grade novel, A BOY CALLED BAT, is a 2018 Global Read Aloud selection and a Junior Library Guild Selection. A parent and educator living in Huntington Beach, California, Elana is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and writers’ conferences. Currently, Elana is the caretaker of seven pets, only three of which have fur. 

Read a Sample of this Book.
 


Bat and the Waiting Game (Book#2) by Elana Arnold

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life is pretty great. He’s the caretaker of the best baby skunk in the world—even Janie, his older sister, is warming up to Thor. 
When Janie gets a part in the school play and can’t watch Bat after school, it means some pretty big changes. Someone else has to take care of the skunk kit in the afternoons, Janie is having sleepovers with her new friends, and Bat wants everything to go back to normal.
He just has to make it to the night of Janie’s performance. . . .

Read a Sample of this Book. 



Vocabulary Activity

Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
  1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
  2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
  3. What is the definition of the word?
  4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
  5. Explain how the word connects to the story. 
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the 
other MCBA books you read.