Attempt 2: Massachusetts Children’s Book Award

Last year, after all my big talk about reading the entire Massachusetts Children’s Book Award list, I only ended up reading 12 of the 25.

But this year! I have big plans for myself. I am hoping to read them all. Yes! Every single last one! (Mainly by listening to them on CD when my baby won’t sleep in the dead of night, probably, but whatever). Also, this year I have the advantage of having read seven of them already. Much better than last year when I’d read a total of one before seeing the list.

Besides, doesn’t everyone need a summer reading list?

Here’s the list for 2010-2011 (I’ve highlighted the ones I’ve read, because it makes me feel good about myself):

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Underneath by Kathie Appelt
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Iron Thunder by Avi
The Calder Game by Blue Balliett
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Anything But Typical by Nora Baskin
The Potato Chip Puzzles: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin
Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume

No Talking! by Andrew Clements 
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

Just Grace by C Harper
Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Savvy by Ingrid Law 
Truth and Salsa by Linda Lowery

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta
First Light by Rebecca Stead
The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
Honey Cake by Joan Stuchner
100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson

Any suggestions or thoughts on some of these titles? Last year you guys were great about steering me toward the good ones!

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  • Reply Kimberly F. June 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I haven't read ANY of these, but I did check out First Light on CD a few days ago…which I'm sure counts for something.

  • Reply NGS June 25, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Oh, I've read none of them. I always think I've read a lot until I stumble upon your lists!

  • Reply Jess June 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I love that Lois Lowry and Judy Blume are still writing. I need to catch up on everything they've written since I stopped reading young adult books!

  • Reply Abby June 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I loved, loved, loved Home of the Brave. Plus, it's a novel in verse so it goes quickly.

    I also really enjoyed First Light.

    Happy reading!

  • Reply HereWeGoAJen June 27, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I haven't even heard of any of those books yet, so I am no help.

  • Reply Chris June 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I also loved Home of the Brave. It's a fantastic book. Really beautifully written and very moving. I made everyone I know read it.

    I've read the Willoughbys, and thought it was good. I also read the Calder Game. I didn't think that was as good as The Wright 3, but I'm fascinated by The Robie House, so that definitely had an affect. I really enjoy the fact that Blue Baillet's books are so "smart" and have a huge art influence.

    I'm reading Chains right now.

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