Summer Reading 2017 - 
Links to books shared by Westwood Public Librarians coming soon!

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
Sponsored by Salem State University
Master List 2018


  • Abbott, T. (2014). The Forbidden Stone. (Katherine Tegen Books)
  • Angelberger, T. (2016). Inspector Flytrap. (Amulet Books)
  • Baptiste, T. (2015). The Jumbies. (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Bradley, K. B. (2015). The War that Saved My Life. (Puffin Books)
  • Camper, C. (2014). Lowriders in Space. (Chronicle Books)
  • Draper, S. (2015). Stella by Starlight. (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
  • Gibbs, S. (2014). Space Case: A Moon Base Alpha Novel. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Hilton, M. (2015). Full Cicada Moon. (Puffin Books)
  • Hunt, L. M. (2015). Fish in a Tree. (Puffin Books)
  • Jamieson, V. (2015). Roller Girl. (Dial Books)
  • Jennings, K. (2014). Maps & Geography. (Little Simon)
  • Levy, D. A. (2014). Misadventures of the Family Fletcher. (Yearling Books)
  • MacLachan, P. (2013). The Truth of Me: About a Boy, His Grandmother, and a Very Good Dog. (Harper Collins)
  • Milford, K. (2014). Greenglass House. (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  • Nye, N. S. (2014). The Turtle of Oman. (Greenwillow Books)
  • Oppel, K. (2015). Nest. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Pearsall, S. (2015). The Seventh Most Important Thing. (Yearling Books)
  • Perkins, L. R. (2014). Nuts to You. (Harper Collins)
  • Sands, K. (2015). The Blackthorn Key. (Aladdin)
  • Shurtliff, L. (2015). Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk. (Yearling Books)
  • Spinelli, E. (2014). Another Day as Emily. (Random House Children's Books)
  • Stroud, J. (2013). Screaming Staircase. (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Wicks, M. (2016). Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean. (First Second Books)
  • Woods, B. (2014). The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond. (Puffin Books)
  • Woodson, J. (2014). Brown Girl Dreaming. (Puffin Books

While we hope each student enjoys many books this summer, every 4th & 5th grader needs to return to school in September prepared to speak in detail about one of the books they read over the summer. 

 Please review the provided MCBA options and the public library book lists to find a book that would best match your reading interest.  While each 4th & 5th grade student is asked to read one book from the list, please feel free to enjoy as many of them as you like.

If you are looking for additional titles, consider a book from previous lists:

Westwood Public Library  
New Children's Books

Recommended Titles by James Patterson @ ReadKiddoRead

2016-2017 MCBA List 

  • Avi. (2012). Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution. (Beach Lane Books) 
  • Bell, C. (2014). El Deafo. (Harry N. Abrams) 
  • Barnhill, K. (2014). The Witch’s Boy. (Algonquin Young Readers) 
  • Blakemore, M. F. (2013). The Water Castle. (Walker) 
  • Bowen, F. (2015). Out of Bounds. (Peachtree) 
  • Butler, D. H. (2012). The Buddy Files: The Case of the School Ghost. (Albert Whitman & Company) 
  • Chambliss Bertman, J. (2015). Book Scavenger. (Holt) 
  • Ellis, D. (2011). No Ordinary Day. (Groundwood Books)
  •  Farber, E.S. (2013). Fish Finelli Book 1: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles. (Chronicle) 
  • Gibbs, S. (2014). Poached. (Simon & Schuster) 
  • Graff, L. (2014). Absolutely Almost. (Philomel) 
  • Herrick, A. (2013). The Time Fetch. (Algonquin Young Readers) Holm, J. L. (2014). The Fourteenth Goldfish. (Random House) 
  • Holub, J. (2012). Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Heroes in Training). (Aladdin). 
  • Jones, K. (2015). Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. (Knopf) 
  • Kurtz. C. (2013). The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A novel of snow and courage. (Harcourt) 
  • Lendle, I. (2015). The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet. (First Second) 
  • Lerangis, P. (2013). Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises. (Harper Collins) 
  • Littlewood, K. (2012). Bliss. (Katherine Tegen Books) 
  • Lloyd, N. (2014). A Snicker of Magic. (Scholastic) 
  • Martin, L, & Martin, V. (2013). Anton and Cecil, Book 1: Cats at Sea. (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Schanen, A. B. (2014). Quinny and Hopper. (Disney-Hyperion) 
  • Tarshis, L. (2015). I Survived: The Great Chicago Fire, 1871. (Scholastic) 
  • Watson, J. (2014). Loot: How to Steal a Fortune. (Scholastic) 
  • Wright, T. (2013). Mystery on Pine Lake: Cooper and Packrat. (Islandport Press)

2015-2016 MCBA List
  • Applegate, K. (2012). The One and Only Ivan. (HarperCollins) 
  • Bowen, F. (2012). Go for the Goal! (Peachtree) 
  • Cervantes, A. (2013). Gaby, Lost and Found. (Scholastic) 
  • Chainani, S. (2013). The School for Good and Evil. (HarperCollins) 
  • Colfer, C. (2012). The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. (Little, Brown, and Company) 
  • DiCamillo, K. (2013). Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. (Candlewick) 
  • Foxlee, K. (2014). Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. (Knopf) 
  • Gaiman, N. (2013). Fortunately, the Milk. (HarperCollins) Grabenstein, C. (2013).
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. (Random House) 
  • Graff, L. (2013). A Tangle of Knots. (Philomel Books) 
  • Harley, B. (2013). Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year. (Peachtree) 
  • Horvath, P. (2012). Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire! (Random House) 
  • Kimmel, E. C. (2012). Legend of the Ghost Dog. (Scholastic) 
  • Krulik, N. (2012). Jack Gets a Clue: The Case of the Loose-Toothed Shark. (Scholastic) 
  • Lee, J. (2013). Elvis and the Underdogs. (HarperCollins) 
  • Mack, W. C. (2013). Athlete vs. Mathlete. (Bloomsbury)
  • MacLachlan, P. (2014). Fly Away. (Margaret K. McElderry Books) 
  • Marino, N. (2013). Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace. (Roaring Brook Press) 
  • Mills, C. (2013). Kelsey Green, Reading Queen. (Farrar Straus Giroux) 
  • Ritter, M. (2015). The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ: A laboratory dog’s search for love. (Bradley Street Press) 
  • Shurtliff, L. (2013). Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. (Knopf) 
  • Sloan, H. G. (2013). Counting by 7s. (Dial Books for Young Readers) 
  • Sutherland, T. T. (2012). Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy. (Scholastic) 
  • Tarshis, L. (2012). I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001. (Scholastic) 
  • Watts, J. (2012). Kizzy Ann Stamps. (Candlewick)

Catalog (OPAC) Deerfield Funded electronic Books

LightBox nonfiction ebooks
AXIS360 5th grade pilot

And the winner is...Links to ALA Award books:  Newbery, Caldecott, Theodore Seuss Geisel, Coretta Scott King, etc.
Fiction is great, but are you looking for FACTS????
 World Book Kids
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 The Westwood Public School district funds access to World Book Encyclopedia. Stop by the library for our password code breaker. Username: _psli_raries                      Password: _ _ atho_e
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commission provides the Deerfield Community access to the Kids InfoBits database and Britannica Encyclopedia. BiographyUS HistoryScience, and World History in Context. 
Have your Minuteman Library Card* available to access these electronic book options:    TrueFlix (Nonfiction Books & Videos)
 Tumble Books (Mostly fiction, some nonfiction)
 Digital Library (Chapter Books)
 Mystery Science Polar BearEPIC - back to fiction 

WPL/Minuteman Catalog & Westwood Public Library  DATABASES!  ( Library Card # Needed

The wonderful librarians at the Westwood Public Library created the lists below to keep everyone reading! 

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