Students have been enthusiastically participating in this year’s Massachusetts Children’s Book Awards, reading or listening to the nominated titles for the past few months. Over fifty students have read a total of 285 books!
Now, they’re ready to vote. Pike’s votes will be submitted to Salem State University, the award’s sponsor, and the winning books will be announced in April. Here are some of our students’ most-recommended titles:
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz. Students appreciated how this historical tale combines elements of different genres, and are excited to meet the author when he visits in May.
The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale. Our graphic novel lovers were drawn in to this biography of Harriet Tubman, which is part of the Hazardous Tales non-fiction series.
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord. This cross-cultural friendship story set in Maine was a favorite read-aloud in a 4th grade classroom.
Students were also touched by Rose Howard’s frantic search for her dog in Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin. Read an excerpt here.
A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen is the story of Gerta’s desperate plan to reunite her family after the Berlin Wall goes up overnight.
Ghost by Jason Reynolds went viral among our 5th graders. Listen to the author read the first chapter.
Students enjoyed Matt Tavares’ beautiful illustrations of Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez in Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues. Watch Tavares bring Fenway Park to life in this drawing demonstration.
If you need a new book to read, stop by the library to pick up these and other titles!