Looking for a professional development opportunity that puts you front and center with the newest and best books for children?
Join the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award committee!
The Rhode Island Children's Book Award committee is now seeking:
Those interested are invited to complete the appropriate application below by Sunday, June 24th. Applicants will be notified by July 27th regarding their application status for the term beginning in September 2018 and ending in April 2021. Please feel free to share these applications with anyone you think may be interested.
About Serving on the Rhode Island Children's Book Award Committee
Each committee member serves a 3 year term and acts as either the Chair, Book Chair or Secretary during the second year of their term. The committee meets monthly from September through April to discuss current children's literature and make nominations. Committee members typically read 12-15 children's books per month before deciding on the final list of 20 nominees in April. Committee membership requires a significant time commitment that includes 2.5 hours a month for meetings, and approximately 30 hours a month for reading. Committee members also participate (on a voluntary basis) in events such as the Kids Reading Across RI kickoff, the RI Festival of Children's Books and Authors, and the School Librarians of RI conference. If you would like to use your committee participation for professional development, the Office of Library and Information Services can issue a letter confirming your PD time.
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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.
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.