Each fall, 5th graders at Bridge are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (MCBA) program run by Salem State University. This is one of the few book award programs where students actually get to choose the winners! The program officially begins in the fall, but students were introduced to it this week and were given the book lists so they can read over the summer. This is an optional program.

The rules:

  • You must read and respond to at least 5 books from the list of 25 nominated books
  • You may read a print copy or ebook, or you may listen to an audio book or a read aloud. All formats count.
  • You must submit a brief response for those 5 books using the online response form that will be available on the library webpage –
  • If you read and respond to 20 of the 25 books, you will get a free book at the Book Fair in the spring
  • Voting will take place in March. More details about the voting process will follow.

Visit the MCBA blog to view more information about the books:

There are at least 2 copies of the MCBA books in the Bridge library. Some may be available in your classroom libraries, and most public libraries will also have copies.

If you have any questions about the MCBA program, please don’t hesitate to ask.

2019 Books

  • Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America series by Teri Kanefield
  • 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 Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
  • 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