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Book Awards


The 2021-2022 MCBA Nominees List is Out! Click Here for More!


The 2021 winner of the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award is:

Front Desk by Kelly Yang!

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. More about the Massachusetts Choice Book Award


Newbery Award Winner 2021

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

When You Trap a Tiger written by Tae Keller

Newbery Honor 2021

“All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team,” written by Christina Soontornvat

“BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Michele Wood

 “Fighting Words,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

“A Wish in the Dark,” written by Christina Soontornvat

Caldecott Winner 2021

We Are Water Protectors - Macmillan

“We Are Water Protectors,” illustrated by Michaela Goade, written by Carole Lindstrom

Caldecott Honor 2021

“A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart,” illustrated by Noa Denmon, written by Zetta Elliott

 “The Cat Man of Aleppo,” illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, written by Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha

“Me & Mama,” illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera

“Outside In,” illustrated by Cindy Derby, written by Deborah Underwood

Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner 2021

Before the Ever After: Woodson, Jacqueline: 9780399545436: Books

“Before the Ever After,” written by Jacqueline Woodson

Coretta Scott King Author Honor 2021

“All the Days Past, All the Days to Come,” written by Mildred D. Taylor

“King and the Dragonflies,” written by Kacen Callender

“Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box,” written by Evette Dionne

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Winner 2021

RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul: Weatherford, Carole Boston,  Morrison, Frank: 9781534452282: Books

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul,” illustrated by Frank Morrison,  written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor 2021

“Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration,” illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, written by Samara Cole Doyon

“Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks,” illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera, written by Suzanne Slade

“Me & Mama,” illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award 2021 Legendborn (9781534441606): Deonn, Tracy: Books

“Legendborn,” written by Tracy Deonn

For a complete list of the 2021 award winners, please visit the American Library Association webpage.

Interested in seeing more? To browse more books visit the Minuteman Book Award List, Kids and Teens.

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