Massachusetts Book Award for kids books

Massachusetts Book Award Books for 3rd through 7th Grade

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2012

My elementary school has a reading challenge asking all 5th graders to read every book on the list during the school year. There are always great picks that include Newbery winners with a range of chapter books from 3rd grade through 8th grade. These are not all newly published books either, so you should be able to easily find them at your school or public library.

One mom that I know says that she will buy her child a book if he takes it out of the library five times. It’s a good reading strategy to know that the book will not collect dust. If you want a more specific age range, please see the book reviews on Amazon by clicking on the image of the book.

Please let me know what you think of any of these books, or feel free to suggest other favorites that your children enjoyed in this age range. What are your reading strategies with your kids? Thank you!!


Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw

If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Dodgeball Chronicles (Knights of the Lunch Table, No.1) by Frank Cammuso

Lost and Found by Andrew Clements

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman

The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Operation Redwoodby Susannah T. French

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

The Secret of Zoom by Lynne Jonell

Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata 

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Dying to Meet You: 43 Cemetery Road by Kate Klise

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Long Shot (Comeback Kids) by Mike Lupica

How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills

The Leanin’ Dog by K. A. Nuzum

Sunny Holiday by Coleen Paratore

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

I, Q: Independence Hall (I, Q. The Series) by Roland Smith

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston

Click on image of book to read reviews on Amazon.

Massachusetts Book Award for kids books

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Kim L.

    I think the greatest challenge for me is finding books for a 3rd grader when he’s reading at a 6-7th grade level.
    I actually checked out several of these books listed above but he craves the comic style books that you mentioned in another article you wrote about (reluctant 3rd grader reader updated). I just wonder if my son reads the Geronomo Stilton books and other easier books then he won’t be challenged enough and won’t want to read harder books when he is older. I’m probably worrying too much since he really likes reading. He’s now rereading all of the Diary of the Wimpy Kid which I’m not fond of because of the type of humor but atleast he’s reading to read! His twin brother has no interest in reading and still likes to be read too. ( both 3rd graders!) We are reading the 2nd Harry Potter book out loud. Thanks again for all your posts! I have gotten great ideas.

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