Rhode Island Children's Book Award


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2018 Nominees

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

2018 Resources

Resources for sharing the 2018 RI Children's Book Award Nominees are now available.

2017 Winner

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 2017 nominees.


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


Danielle Margarida
Youth Services Coordinator