Rhode Island Children's Book Award


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2019 Winner and 2020 Nominees

The 2019 RI Children's Book Award Winner is Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick and illustrated by Iacopo Bruno. Check out the Award Winners and Nominees page for more details, including the breakdown of votes and the list of 2020 nominees.

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Beginning in 2018, 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.


2018-2019 RICBA Committee Members, advised by Danielle Margarida, OLIS Youth Services Coordinator.

  • SLRI: Diane Walsh, Denise Phillips, Charlene Williams
  • Public Youth Services Librarians: Allison Riendeau, Gail Stokes, Cara Del Sesto
  • RICFB: Lynn Dion, Jen Mooney, Connie Walinski

Additional Reading Programs

The RI Middle School Book Award is a children's choice award for youth in grades 6-8, and the RI Teen Book Award is a young adult choice award for teens in grades 9-12. RI Latino Books Month is celebrated each May and promotes books by and for Latinos.


Danielle Margarida
Youth Services Coordinator