Monday, May 20, 2019

Massachusetts Children's Book Award Nominees 2019-2020

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
Sponsored by Salem State University
Master List 2019-2020 Nominees 



Ancient Egypt by Ken Jennings
Ban this Book by Alan Gratz
Betty Before X by Ilyasha Shabazz
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff
Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
The Homework Strike by Greg Pincus
House Arrest by K.A. Holt
Jubilee by Patricia Reilly Giff
Lucky Broken Girl By Ruth Behar
Lucky Enough by Fred Bowen
Maxi’s Secrets: (or What You Can Learn From A Dog) by Lynn Plourde
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Restart by Gordon Korman
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

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Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America: (Book #1) by Teri Kanefield



Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America: (Book #1)
by
Teri Kanefield

About the Book

The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. He believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton’s vision put him at odds with his archivals who envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states would control their own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak.

The disputes that arose during America’s first decades continued through American history to our present day. Over time, because of the systems Hamilton set up and the ideas he left, his vision won out. Here is the story that epitomizes the American dream—a poor immigrant who made good in America. In the end, Hamilton rose from poverty through his intelligence and ability, and did more to shape our country than any of his contemporaries.

Author's Website:

Teri Kanefield 

The Making of America: A series of biographies
(Click on one of the links below to learn more about the books in the series)

About the series

Andrew Jackson: (Book #2)

Abraham Lincoln: (Book #3)

Susan B. Anthony: (Book #4)

Franklin D. Roosevelt: (Book #5) 

Thurgood Marshall: (Book #6)

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.

Ancient Egypt (Junior Genius Guides) by Ken Jennings


Ancient Egypt (Junior Genius Guides)
by
Ken Jennings 
(Jeopardy Champion)
Illustrated by Mike Lowery

About the Book:

With this book about ancient Egypt, you’ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with awesome ancient facts: Did you know that some Egyptians used to shave their eyebrows whenever a cat died? Or that some people worshiped a god of lettuce? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time.

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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.

Ban this Book by Alan Gratz

Ban this Book
by
Alan Gratz

About the Book

A fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of
Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning
parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and
soft-spoken, but don’t mess with her when it comes to her favorite book 
in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books
that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned
books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single
book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against
censorship.  

Author’s Website

Alan Gratz




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.

Betty Before X by Ilyasha Shabazz


Betty Before X
by
Ilyasha Shabazz


About this Book

In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s house doesn’t quite feel like home. She believes her mother loves her, but she can’t shake the feeling that her mother doesn’t want her. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.

Inspired by Betty's real life--but expanded upon and fictionalized through collaboration with novelist Renée Watson--Ilyasah Shabazz illuminates four poignant years in her mother’s childhood with this book, painting an inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.
Backmatter included. This title has Common Core connections.

Author's Website

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Book Talk



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.

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk


Beyond the Bright Sea
by
Lauren Wolk

About this Book

The moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family.

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.

Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger. 

About the Author

Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet, artist, and author of the adult novel Those Who Favor Fire, the Newbery Honor-winning novel Wolf Hollow, and the Scott O’Dell Award-winning Beyond the Bright Sea. She was born in Baltimore and has since lived in California, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Canada, and Ohio. She now lives with her family on Cape Cod.

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Resources

Look Inside

Quizlet

Educational Resource (pdf)

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.

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Book Uncle and Me
by
Uma Krishnaswami
About the Book

Nine-year-old Yasmin intends to read a book a day for the rest of her life. Book Uncle, who runs a free lending library on the street corner, always has the perfect book for her. But when Book Uncle seems to be in trouble, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something. With the elections coming up and the grown-ups busy with their own affairs, what difference can Yasmin and her friends possibly make? Will they get help from Karate Samuel, the eccentric superstar who's standing for Mayor? Yasmin gets to work, ideas begin to fly like feathers, and soon everything starts to spin - out of control.

Author's Website

Uma Krishnaswami 

About Uma Krishnaswami




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 Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas

The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole
by
Michelle Cuevas

About this Book

When eleven-year-old Stella Rodriguez shows up at NASA to request that her recording be included in Carl Sagan's Golden Record, something unexpected happens: A black hole follows her home, and sets out to live in her house as a pet. The black hole swallows everything he touches, which is challenging to say the least—but also turns out to be a convenient way to get rid of those items that Stella doesn't want around. Soon the ugly sweaters her aunt has made for her all disappear within the black hole, as does the smelly class hamster she's taking care of, and most important, all the reminders of her dead father that are just too painful to have around.

It's not until Stella, her younger brother, Cosmo, the family puppy, and even the bathroom tub all get swallowed up by the black hole that Stella comes to realize she has been letting her own grief consume her. And that's not the only thing she realizes as she attempts to get back home. This is an astonishingly original and funny adventure with a great big heart.

About the Author

Michelle Cuevas graduated from Williams College and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She is the author of several children’s books,including Confessions of an Imaginary Friend and The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles . She lives in Berkshire County in Massachusetts.


 
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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 Crossover by Alexander Kwame



The Crossover
by
Kwame Alexander

About this Book

The Bell twins are stars on the basketball court and comrades in life. While there are some differences—Josh shaves his head and Jordan loves his locks—both twins adhere to the Bell basketball rules: In this game of life, your family is the court, and the ball is your heart. 

With a former professional basketball player dad and an assistant principal mom, there is an 
intensely strong home front supporting sports and education in equal measures. 
When life intervenes in the form of a hot new girl, the balance shifts and growing apart proves painful. 

Author's Website


Resources





Author Kwame Alexander reads an excerpt from The Crossover.



Author Kwame Alexander Discusses his book Crossover with time For Kids.



Kwame Alexander Quotes

Below are a few quotes found in The Crossover

“Basketball Rule #1

In this game of life
your family is the court
and the ball is your heart.
No matter how good you are,
no matter how down you get,
always leave
your heart
on the court.”

Basketball Rule #2 (random text from Dad)

Hustle dig
Grind push
Run fast
Change pivot
Chase pull
Aim shoot
Work smart
Live smarter
Play hard
Practice harder”

“Basketball Rule #3

Never let anyone
lower your goals.
Others' expectations
of you are determined
by their limitations
of life.
The sky is your limit, sons.
Always shoot for the sun
and you will shine.”

“Basketball Rule #4

If you miss
enough of life's
free throws
you will pay
in the end.” 

“Basketball Rule #5

When
you stop
playing
your game
you've already

“Basketball Rule #6

A great team
has a good scorer
with a teammate
who's on point
and ready
to assist.”

“Basketball Rule #7

Rebounding
is the art
of anticipating,
of always being prepared
to grab it.
But you can't
drop the ball.”

“Basketball Rule #8

Sometimes
you have to
lean back
a little
and
fade away
to get
the best
shot.”

“Basketball Rule #9

When the game is on
the line,
don't fear.
Grab the ball.
Take it
to the hoop.”

“Basketball Rule #10

A loss is inevitable,
like snow in winter.
True champions
learn
to dance
through
the storm.” 

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 Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
by
Pablo Cartaya

About the Book

Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud.
Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL?

For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark,
sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees.

And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela’s restaurant.
Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a poetry enthusiast who moves
into Arturo’s apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer.

He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens
to change it.

Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.

Author's Website

Pablo Cartaya



Resources

Quizlet

Preview




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 Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by
Kelly Barnhill

About the Book

Every year the people of the protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who 
lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. 
But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind. 

She shares her home with a wise swamp monster and a perfectly tiny dragon. 
Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming 
families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling an ordinary 

child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, 
as her own. 

But as Luna's 13th birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge, 
with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the protectorate is 
determined to free his people by killing the witch. 

Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, 
rumbles just beneath the earth's surface. And the woman with the tiger's heart is on the prowl.


Author's Website

Kelly Barnhill





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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 Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff

The Great Treehouse War
by
Lisa Graff
About the Book

Winnie’s last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise.

That was the day Winnie’s parents got divorced, the day they decided that 
Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays 
by herself in a treehouse smack between their houses, to divide her time 
perfectly evenly between them. 

It was the day Winnie’s seed of frustration with her parents was planted, a seed that grew and grew until it felt like it was as big as a tree itself.

Winnie’s last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie’s parents got divorced, the day they decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse smack between their houses, to divide her time perfectly evenly between them. It was the day Winnie’s seed of frustration with her parents was planted, a seed that grew and grew until it felt like it was as big as a tree itself.

By the end of fifth grade, Winnie decides that the only way to change things is to 
barricade herself in her treehouse until her parents come to their senses—
and her friends decide to join her. It’s kids versus grown-ups, and no one wants to back down first. 

But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own demands, Winnie discovers that things can get pretty complicated pretty fast! (Even if they are having the most epic slumber party ever.)

Author's Website

Lisa Graff

Resources

The Great Treehouse War Word Search

Educator's Guide to Lisa Graff's Books

The Great Treehouse War (Literature Quiziz)

Worksheets from edhelper

Quizlet

Preview 


 


Resources for teachers and librarians


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.