Rhode Island Children's Book Award


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The Votes are In!

The 2018 Rhode Island Children's Book Award winner is Wish by Barbara O'Connor! This year 109 schools and libraries submitted votes from 6,597 students in grades 3-5 who read at least 3 titles from the list of 20 nominees. Thank you to the many librarians and teachers who promoted the 2018 nominees and particpated in voting.

2018 Official Announcement


2019 Nominees

Ready to get a head start on next year's award? Take a look at the list of 2019 nominees and check out the growing list of resources.

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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.


2017-2018 RICBA Committee Members, advised by Danielle Margarida, OLIS Youth Services Coordinator.

  • SLRI: Michelle Steever, Diane Walsh, Stephanie Kennelly
  • Public Youth Services Librarians: Renee Perron, Melissa Tetreault,
    Allison Riendeau
  • RICFB: Maureen Kelsey, Carolyn Garth, Kate Myette

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