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Book Awards


2020-2021 MCBA Winners

Find these books in the Children’s Department in the High Demand MCBA section.

Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean by Steve Sheinkin
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods
Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
Dragons in a Bag by Elliot Zetta
The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
I Survived…the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 by Lauren Tarshis
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
She Dared: Bethany Hamilton by Jenni L. Walsh
The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Stargazing by Jen Wang
The Thrifty Guide to The American Revolution by Jonathan W. Stokes
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
Unbound by Ann E. Burg
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA by Brenda Woods
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure
among students in grades four through six. The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University and coordinated by Dr. Cami Condie.


Newbery Award Winner 2020

New Kid book cover

New Kid written and illustrated by Jerry Craft

Newbery Honor 2020

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Caldecott Winner 2020

The Undefeated illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Kwame Alexander

Caldecott Honor 2020

Bear Came Along illustrated by LeUyen Pham, written by Richard T. Morris

Double Bass Blues illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Andrea J. Loney

Going Down Home with Daddy illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons

Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner 2020

New Kid book cover

New Kid written and illustrated by Jerry Craft

Coretta Scott King Author Honor 2020

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Winner 2020

The Undefeated illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Kwame Alexander

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor 2020

The Bell Rang illustrated and written by James E. Ransome

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan

Sulwe illustrated by Vashti Harrison, written by Lupito Nyon’o

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award 2020

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Alicia D. Williams for Genesis Begins Again

John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award 2020

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April Harrison for What is Given from the Heart, written by Patricia C. McKissack

For a complete list of the 2020 award winners, please visit the American Library Association webpage.

Interested in seeing more? To browse more nominations visit the Minuteman Book Award List.

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