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Massachusetts Book Awards 2012 For Grades 3-7th

Best Chapter Books for Kids

The fifth graders at my kids’ elementary school are challenged to try to read all the books for the Massachusetts Book Award. I’ve noticed many of them have won Newbery awards so it’s a great list. I found a breakdown for age appropriateness and have organized the books that way. I am excited about this list because there are beloved and acclaimed authors on the list as well as some who are new to me.

What about you? Have you or your child read any of these books? Please share what you thought about these books as well as any other book you’d recommend for 5th grade (plus or minus two grades!).

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Predicting the Newbery/Caldecott from ex_Newbery Judge Amanda Stuckmeyer

Award Winning Books: Caldecott, Newbery 2011

Recommended for Low 4th Grade

Ruth McNally Barshaw,  Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel. (Grades 3-6)

Coleen ParatoreSunny Holiday. (Grades  3-4)

My 6th grader and I didn’t love this book.

Claudia Mills.  How Oliver Olson Changed the World.  (Grades 2-4)

Frank CammusoThe Dodgeball Chronicles (Knights of the Lunch Table, No.1).

Recommended for 4th Grade

Andrew Clements, Lost and Found.

Grace Lin. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. (Newbery Honor!) (Grades 3-6)

My 4th grader and 6th grader (who read it in 5th grade) loved this book. Review here.

Kate KliseDying to Meet You: 43 Cemetery Road. (Grades 4-6)

Robert Paul WestonZorgamazoo. (Grades 4-6)

Jody Feldman. The Gollywhopper Games.

Mike Lupica. Long Shot.


Recommended for 5th Grade

Kate DiCamilloThe Magician’s Elephant. (Grades 4-6)

Pseudonymous Bosch,  If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. (Grades 4-6)

Susannah T. FrenchOperation Redwood. (Grades 4-7)

Kathryn Fitzmaurice, The Year the Swallows Came Early. (Grades 4-7)

K. A. NuzumThe Leanin’ Dog. (Grades 4-7)


Recommended for 6th Grade

Julia Alvarez, Return to Sender. (Grades 4-7)

Julianna Baggott, The Prince of Fenway Park.  (Grades 5-7)

Carl HiassenScat.  (Grades 5-7)

Rodman Philbrick, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg. (Grades 5-8)

Lynne JonellThe Secret of Zoom.


Rec0mended for Advanced 6th

Rebecca SteadWhen You Reach Me. (Newbery Winner!) (Grades 5-8)

Jacqueline Kelly The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. (Newbery Honor!) (Grades 5-8)

Roland Smith. I, Q: Independence Hall (I, Q. The Series). (Grades 5-8)

Cynthia Kadohata. Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam. (Grades 5-8)

Mick Cochrane.  The Girl Who Threw Butterflies (Grades 5-9)

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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