Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Massachusetts Children's Book Award Nominees 2020-2021


Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
Sponsored by Salem State University
Master List 2020-2021 Nominees 



Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean by Steve Sheinkin
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods
Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot
The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
I Survived...the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 by Lauren Tarshis
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
She Dared: Bethany Hamilton by Jenni L. Walsh
The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Stargazing by Jen Wang
The Thrifty Guide to The American Revolution by Jonathan W. Stokes
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
Unbound by Ann E. Burg
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA by Brenda Woods
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure
among students in grades four through six. The Massachusetts Children's Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University and coordinated by Dr. Cami Condie.

Massachusetts Children's Book Award List - 2020-2021 - pdf





Monday, May 18, 2020

MCBA 2020-2021 Nominees Book List By Grade Level





Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean by Steve Shenikin

Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean - Book 2
by
Steve Shenikin

About This Book:

WARNING: DO NOT BELIEVE THE STORY YOU’RE ABOUT TO HEAR.
Well, you can believe some of it. There is some real history. But also hijinks. Time travel. And famous figures setting off on adventures that definitely never happened–till now. Time is getting twisted, and it’s up to two kids to straighten things out.


What happens when a famous First Lady tires of life in the White House? When Abigail Adams decides there’s more to life than doing chores in the White House, she joins a crew of Caribbean pirates! Can siblings Abby and Doc set history straight? Or will they be the ones who need to be rescued?

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About the Author:




Steve Sheinkin is an American author of suspenseful history books for young adults. A former textbook writer, Sheinkin began writing full-time nonfiction books for young readers in 2008. His work has been widely acclaimed for its ability to transform historical information into thrilling, accessible accounts. 
Born: July 13, 1968 (age 51 years), Brooklyn, New York, NY
Education: Syracuse University (1990)
Awards: John Newbery Medal

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.

Other books in the Time Twisters Series:


Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler - Book 1
When Abraham Lincoln overhears a classroom of kids say “history is boring,” he decides to teach them a lesson. Lincoln escapes from 1860–to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler! Now siblings Doc and Abby have to convince Lincoln to go back to Springfield, Illinois, and accept the presidency . . . before everything spins out of control!

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Neil Armstrong and Nat Love, Space Cowboys - Book 3
The students of Ms. Maybee’s class used to think history was boring, but that was before time started to get twisted! When a spaceship carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin leaves 1969–and lands in 1869 Texas–cowboy Nat Love decides to trade in his horse for a trip to the moon. Can siblings Doc and Abby untwist history and get everyone back where they belong? Houston, we have a problem!

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Amelia Earhart and the Flying Chariot - Book 4
Two kids must un-twist history after Amelia Earhart changes course.
Siblings Abby and Doc have been racing through time to fix history after Abraham Lincoln, Abigail Adams, and Neil Armstrong started popping up in the wrong places, at the wrong times. When Amelia Earhart accidentally lands her plane in Ancient Greece, Abby and Doc partner with Kyniska, the first woman to win the Olympics, to get Amelia back on track to finish her first solo flight across the Atlantic.

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The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Book of Boy
by
Catherine Gilbert Murdock

About this Book:


A young outcast (named Boy) is swept up into a thrilling and perilous medieval treasure hunt. 
Boy has always been relegated to the outskirts of his small village. With a hump on his back, a mysterious past, and a tendency to talk to animals, he is often mocked by others in his town—until the arrival of a shadowy pilgrim named Secondus. Impressed with Boy’s climbing and jumping abilities, Secondus engages Boy as his servant, pulling him into an action-packed and suspenseful expedition across Europe to gather seven precious relics of Saint Peter.
Boy quickly realizes this journey is not an innocent one. They are stealing the relics and accumulating dangerous enemies in the process. But Boy is determined to see this pilgrimage through until the end—for what if St. Peter has the power to make him the same as the other boys?
Features a map and black-and-white art by Ian Schoenherr throughout.

About the Author:

 Teaching Guide


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 Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods


    The Boy, The Bird & the Coffin Maker
    by
    Matilda Wood

    About this Book:


    Alberto lives alone in the town of Allora, where fish fly out of the sea and the houses shine like jewels. He is a coffin maker and widower, spending his quiet days creating the final resting places of Allora’s people.


    Then one afternoon a magical bird flutters into his garden, and Alberto, lonely inside, welcomes it into his home. And when a kindhearted boy named Tito follows the bird into Alberto’s kitchen, a door in the old man’s heart cracks open. Tito is lonely too–but he’s also scared and searching for a place to hide. Fleeing from danger, he just wants to feel safe for once in his life. Can the boy and the old man learn the power of friendship and escape the shadows of their pasts?


    About the Author:

    Matilda Woods grew up in the small town of Southern Tablelands, Australia. She graduated from Monash University with a master’s of social work. Matilda splits her time between writing middle-grade fiction and working as a youth social worker. She is the author of The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker and The Girl Who Sailed the Stars, and she currently lives in the same small town where she grew up, with her four chickens, three dogs, two cats, and one bird.


    Author’s Website

    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.

    Checked by Cynthia Kadahata

    Checked
    by
    Cynthia Kadohata

    About this Book:


    Hockey is Conor’s life. His whole life. He’ll say it himself, he’s a hockey beast. It’s his dad’s whole life too—and Conor is sure that’s why his stepmom, Jenny, left. There are very few things Conor and his dad love more than the game, and one of those things is their Doberman, Sinbad. When Sinbad is diagnosed with cancer, Conor chooses to put his hockey lessons and practices on hold so they can pay for Sinbad’s chemotherapy. 
    But without hockey to distract him, 12 year old Conor begins to notice more. Like his dad’s crying bouts, and his friend’s difficult family life. And then Conor notices one more thing: Without hockey, the one thing that makes him feel special, is he really special at all?


    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.

      Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot

      Dragons in a Bag (Book 1)
      by
      Zetta Elliott
      About this Book:
      When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she's not his grandmother--but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they'll be safe. There are two rules when it comes to the dragons: don't let them out of the bag, and don't feed them anything sweet. Before he knows it, Jax and his friends Vikram and Kavita have broken both rules! Will Jax get the baby dragons delivered safe and sound? Or will they be lost in Brooklyn forever?

      About the Author:
      Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, and her plays have been staged in New York and Chicago. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. She is the author of thirty books for young readers, including the award-winning picture book Bird.

      Author, Zetta Elliott, reads the first three chapters of her book, Dragons in a Bag.



      Read a Sample from Google Play

      Sequel : The Dragon Thief (Book 2)



      Stealing a baby dragon was easy! Hiding it is a little more complicated.
      Jaxon had just one job–to return three baby dragons to the realm of magic. But when he got there, only two dragons were left in the bag. His best friend’s sister, Kavita, is a dragon thief!
      Kavita only wanted what was best for the baby dragon. But now every time she feeds it, the dragon grows and grows! How can she possibly keep it secret? Even worse, stealing it has upset the balance between the worlds. The gates to the other realm have shut tight! Jaxon needs all the help he can get to find Kavita, outsmart a trickster named Blue, and return the baby dragon to its true home.

      Read a Sample from Google Play

      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 End of the Wild by Nicole Helgert

        The End of the Wild
        by
        Nicole Helget

        About this Book:
        Eleven-year-old Fern doesn't have the easiest life. Her stepfather is out of work, and she's responsible for putting dinner on the table--not to mention keeping her wild younger brothers out of trouble. The woods near their home is her only refuge, where she finds food and plays with her neighbor's dog. But when a fracking company rolls into town, her special grove could be ripped away, and no one else seems to care.


        Her stepfather needs the money that a job with the frackers could bring to their family, and her wealthy grandfather likes the business it brings to their town. Even her best friend doesn't understand what the land means to Fern. With no one on her side, how can she save the forest that has protected her for so long?

        Preview

        Read a sample from Google Play


        About the Author:
        Born in 1976, Nicole Helget grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota.


        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.

          Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit

          Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (Book 1)
          by
          Trudi Trueit

          About this Book:


          Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.


          Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there’s more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented-reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him … and why? 
          Readers can get in on the excitement with puzzles and codes embedded throughout.

          Read a sample of this book from Google Play

          About the Author:

          Trudi Strain Trueit was born and raised in the Seattle, Washington, area and still lives there with her best friend/husband, Bill. She graduated suma cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, and has worked as a television weather forecaster, a news reporter/anchor, a journalist, a media specialist, and has written twenty nonfiction books for young readers. Trudi’s passions are photography, painting, and her three cats (Bernadette, Kira, and Roo).



          Other Books by Trudi Trueit Published by National Geographic
          Read a sample of The Falcon's Feather from Google Play

          Read a sample of The Double Helix from Google Play

          Read a sample of the Star Dunes from Google Play

          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.