Chickenology  Nightingale  The Way of the Hive
4th through 8th graders are invited to get a jump on the new MSBA* nominees. Which one will you read first?

Animal’s Point of View – Stories narrated by dogs and cats, mostly.
Stella  Leonard (My Life as a Cat)

Friends and Families – They’re great! They’re terrible! What’s a kid to do?
All You Knead is Love  Danny Chung Sums It Up  Erik Vs. Everything  The Millon Dollar Race  Down to Earth

Graphic Novels – Garlic comes to life, bees come of age, and the cats? The cats are a mystery.
The Way of the Hive  Garlic and the Vampire  Katie the Catsitter

Historical Fiction – Dive into the past.
The 1619 Project: Born on the Water  Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame  The Magical Imperfect

Magic and Fantasy – From flying hummingbears to magical swords, adventure awaits.
Willodeen  The Shadow Prince  Nightingale  Time Villians  Dungeon Academy: No Humans Allowed  Amari and the Night Brothers

Navigating Loss and Uncertainty – Stories about carrying on when the world turns upside-down.
Imaginary  Carry Me Home

Nonfiction -Learn how to change the world, explore the sea, and everything about chickens.
How to Change Everything  The Strangest Thing in the Sea  Chickenology

Science Fiction – Imagining the future.
One Small Hop  The Last Cuentista  Last Gamer Standing

Survive! – Stories about staying alive.
Across the Desert  Alone

Suspense & Horror – These tales will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Deadman's Castle  No Place for Monsters: School of Phantoms

Who are You? – Meet up with characters struggling with, choosing, and celebrating who they are – and who they are becoming.
Obie is Man Enough  Starfish  This is Our Rainbow  The Kate in Between  Summer of Brave


*What is the Maine State Book Award?
Teachers and librarians nominate the books. Kids read, then vote for their favorite story.
Here’s how it works:

  • Be in 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.

  • Read three or more books from the list.

  • Vote for your favorite book in the spring of 2022.