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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

When she was a baby, Crow washed ashore on a tiny Island thatis part of the Elizabeth Islands chain off the coast of Massachusetts. Now twelve-year-old Crow wants to know where she came from and why did her parents send her adrift in the sea?

The writing in this novel is so beautiful it makes your eyes tear up. While you are reading, you want to soak the words into your skin. It is a must read.

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (May 2, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1101994851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101994856

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Although Little Women is set in New England, the Alcott family home is in Concord, Massachusetts.

Sleds on the Boston Common by Louise Borden and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

A story about Pre-Revolutionary Boston based on local folklore.

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0689828128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689828126

Johnny Tremain byEsther Hoskins Forbes

This classic historical fiction won a Newbery in 1944. The story is set in Boston in 1773, revealing the events leading up to the American Revolution.

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 28, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0547614322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547614328

Bus Route to Boston by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

In this picture book, a mom and her two daughters travel the city of Boston via bus. They even share cannolis with the bus driver.

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; Reprint edition (August 1, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1590787471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590787472

Make way for Ducklingsby Robert McCloskey

In this class picture book, a mother duck decides to raise her ducklings in the pond in the Boston Public Gardens. McClosky's fabuous tale is based on a real duck that lived in Beacon Hill. The book won a Caldecott in 1941.

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (January 1, 1941)
  • ISBN-10: 0670451495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670451494


The Great Molasses Flood: Boston 1919 by Deborah Kops

On a quiet day in January 1919, a huge tank of molasses burst open and flooded a Boston waterfront neighborhood. The massive wall of sticky liquid did an amazing amount of damage. People were injured and eventually 21 died. Several buildings were destroyed and the elevated train tracks were damaged. After the immediacy of rescue and clean up efforts came the questions. Why had the giant tank broken open? What caused this disaster?

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (February 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1580893481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580893480

C is for Cape Cod by Christie Laurie and photographs by Steve Heaslip

Lovely photographs by award-winning photographer Steve Heaslip paired with simple verse make this alphabet book for the youngest set appeal to adults as well.

  • Age Range: 3 - 10 years
  • Publisher: Islandport Press (March 14, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1939017130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939017130

B is for Berkshires by Joan Duris and illustrated by Gillian Jones

Investigate the Berkshire region of western Massachusetts through this travel guide organized as an alphabet book.

  • Age Range: 3-10
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Islandport Press; Sew edition (March 10, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1939017513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939017512


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Roberta Gibson 2020