The fifth graders at our elementary school are challenged every year to read all the books listed on the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award. I really love this book list because it has a variety of newly published and slightly older books such that you can actually find the books on the library bookshelves. Our school librarian also makes a point of making a special display and buying multiple copies of these books.
I’ve also discovered gems on the list from years past. The list doesn’t necessarily feature Massachusetts’ children’s authors but it was how I found Mitali Perkins’ Rickshaw Girl eight years ago!
Does your state have a book award too? How does it work?
Third Grade and Low Fourth Grade Books
This is the first part of the Massachusetts Book Awards which I’ve divided by suggested grade level. Part I covers Third Grade, Low Fourth Grade and Fourth Grade Books. At the next Kid Lit Blog Hop in two weeks, I’ll cover Part II which covers Fifth and Sixth Grade.
We the Children (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School) by Andrew Clements
The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin
Emma on Thin Icing (Cupcake Diaries) by Coco Simon
I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis
Dragonbreath #1 by Ursula Vernon
My son really liked this series in second and third grade. He thought they were very funny adventures of a dragon and his friend.
Fourth Grade Books
Perfect Game by Fred Bowen
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog by Eileen Beha
The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee T. Frazier
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