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The Natick Middle School Book award is a student choice book award program run through the Kennedy and Wilson Middle Schools in collaboration with our teachers. Students in grade 5-8 read and rate nominated books over the year, then vote for their favori

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How to Participate


  • Preview the books in the Library and on the Library website.

  • Work with your teacher to set a reading goal. 

  • Read and evaluate the nominated books.  



  • This is the most important part! Read critically.  What genre is it?  Is it a good example of that genre?  What makes it good, or not good? It is better to read five books carefully and thoughtfully than to race through ten books.

  • When you finish a book, record it in your NSBA reading log and complete a mini-review using a color-coded post-it note.  Rating guides and post-its are available in classrooms.  

  • Post the review on the NSBA bulletin board outside the library. Get an “I read” sticker for each review you complete.



  • Did you reach your reading goal?  Then you get to vote in May for the one book you believe is the best nominee!




Where can I get the nominated books?

Books are available from the library at Kennedy and Wilson.  Books are also available through the Morse Institute Library. It doesn't matter where the book comes from, just as long as you read and rate it.

How many books do I have to read to be able to vote?

Each student sets his or her own reading goal with the help of a teacher.

Does only reading print books on my own count as reading a nominee?

No, there are many ways to "read" a nominee! Reading it together at home with your family counts as reading. Listening to it as an audiobook counts as reading. Listening to it as a classroom read aloud counts as reading. The most important part is that you think critically about what you are reading and write a mini-book review. Audiobooks of some titles are available through the Kennedy and Wilson Libraries.

How do I rate a book?

After you finish reading a book, write a mini-book review on a color coded review sheet. Your teacher has supplies and directions in the classroom. Reviews will then be posted on the bulletin boards outside the library. The book only counts toward your reading goal if you rate it.


How long may a NSBA nominee be checked out?

Two weeks.  Supplies are limited, so please read and return so someone else can have a turn!

Thank you!

Thank you to the NEF for supporting this program!  

This program would not be possible without the generous support of the NEF.    And with thanks to the Maine Student Book Award Program for sharing their list of wonderful books, from which our 2017 Natick reading list was developed.

To be eligible for the 2017-2018 school year master list:

  • The book must have been published in 2017 as it appears in the physical book.
  • The book must be original or, if traditional in origin, the result of individual research.
  • All forms of writing are eligible for consideration. This includes fiction, nonfiction, short stories, drama, and poetry.
  • Books should have young readers as their intended audience; display respect for children's understanding, ability and appreciation; and be appropriate for students in grades four through eight.

Nominated titles

Nominated titles