Author Archives: Mary Claire O'Donnell

Women’s History Month Books for Kids

March is Women’s History Month. Celebrate this month with great books from the Children’s Room that commemorate and celebrate of the vital role and achievements of women in American and world history. These are wonderful books to read this month and all year! 

Click on a book cover for more information or to see it in our catalog. See a librarian for more suggestions.

Female Firsts

Girl Power

Anthologies

Women’s History Month Books for Kids – Storytellers

Celebrate Women’s History Month and the theme “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories” with great books from the Children’s Room recognizing women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling. Women’s stories, and the larger human story, expand our understanding and strengthen our connections with each other. These are wonderful books to read this month and all year! 

Click on a book cover for more information or to see it in our catalog. See a librarian for more suggestions.

Authors

Singers

Scholars

Performers

Activists

Black History Month Books for Kids – Art and Artistry

Celebrate Black History Month and its 2024 theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” with great books from the Children’s Room spanning the many impacts Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements, and more. Through art, important issues and figures in African American history are exalted, and underrepresented stories are preserved. These are wonderful books to read this month and all year!

Click on a book cover for more information or to see it in our catalog. See a librarian for more suggestions.

Poetry

Literature

Music

Visual Arts

Dance

MA Children’s Book Awards (MCBA)

The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award was established as a program to encourage children to read great books. 25 books are nominated each year as excellent titles for 9-12 year olds in fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. The nominees must be available in paperback and must have been published within the last five years. In the spring, kids who have read at least 5 of the nominees can vote for their favorite. The winner, and the next slate of nominees, are announced in May. The award is sponsored by Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts.

2023 MCBA Books

Check out the nominees below for 2024! Click on a book cover for more information.

Voting will happen in Spring 2024. All kids who read at least 5 of the nominated books can vote for their favorite. How many will you read?

Top Children’s Books of 2023

These were the most checked out books in the Children’s Room this year! Have you read them?

And take a look at the most popular books in each section. Do you like these books too? Have you read the other books in the series? If there are any books you love that you don’t see on the list, be sure to start recommending them to friends – maybe they’ll be on next year’s list!

Board Books

Picture Books

Readers

Biographies

Fiction

Graphic Novels

Nonfiction

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