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The 2017 RI Children's Book Award Winner is Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. This year, 86 schools and public libraries throughout the state submitted votes from 6,764 children in grades 3 to 6 who read at least 3 titles from the list of 20 nominees.

The 2018 RI Children's Book Award nominees have been selected!

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2018  Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominees
For Grades 3-5

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (2016)
Backyard Witch: Sadie’s Story by Christine Heppermann and Ron
Koertge, illustrated by Deborah Marcero  (2015)
Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman (2016)
Cinnamon Moon by Tess Hilmo (2016)
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing (2016)
Fortune Falls by Jenny Goebel (2016)
FRAMED! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti (2016)
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley ( 2016)
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan (2016)
A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi (2016)
Mo’ne Davis, Remember My Name: My Story From First Pitch to
Game Changer by Mo’Ne Davis with Hilary Beard (2015)
Ollie’s Odyssey by William Joyce (2016)
The Prize Winners of Piedmont Place by Bill Doyle (2016)
Secrets of the Seven: The Eureka Key by Sarah L. Thomson (2016)
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes (2016)
Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban,
illustrated by Katie Kath (2016)
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka (2016)
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate (2016)
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (2016)
Wish by Barbara O’Connor (2016)


Annually children in grades 3 to 5 have the opportunity to vote on their favorite book from a ballot of 20 selections nominated for the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award by a panel of librarians, reading specialists and teachers. Children vote as part of their class or with their local public library. The award began in 1990 as a joint project of the Rhode Island State Council of the International Reading Association, the Rhode Island Library Association, and the Rhode Island Educational Media Association, under the coordination of the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. Today, the Rhode Island Children's Book Award is co-sponsored by the School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI), the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA), and the Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICFB), and is advised by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS).Three public youth services librarians, three members of SLRI, and three members of RICFB are each chosen to each serve three year terms on the committee.


2016-2017 RICBA Committee Members, Advised by Danielle Margarida, OLIS Youth Services Coordinator.

  • SLRI: Michelle Steever, Susan Bryan, Diane Walsh
  • Public Youth Services Librarians: Kim Usselman, Renee Perron, Melissa Tetreault
  • RICFB: Madeline Nixon, Maureen Kelsey, Carolyn Garth


Contact Information

Please direct inquiries regarding the Rhode Island Children's Book Award to OLIS Youth Services Coordinator:

Danielle Margarida
Office of Library & Information Services
One Capitol Hill, 4th Floor
Providence, RI 02908