MA Children’s Book Award (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.

Check out the list of nominees for 2022/2023. Can you read at least 5 so that you’re eligible to vote in the spring for your favorite? Can you read them all?? Click on a book cover for more information or to see it in our catalog.


For more information on the MCBA books or the award in general, stop in the Children’s Room and talk to a librarian. You can also pick up a bookmark to track your MCBA reading. Check out the lists below for more great titles.