RI Children's Book Award

The Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Committee, composed of Rhode Island teachers, school librarians, and public librarians, works annually to create a diverse list of nominated books using specific criteria. The committee is intentional in seeking books that affirm marginalized groups and champions stories and characters that reflect the lived experiences of Rhode Island youth as well as the larger world. The committee aims to provide an annual list of nominees that maintains diversity in race, gender, sexuality, family makeup, socioeconomic status, and ability. Nominee lists are thoughtfully curated with an anti-racist lens, to allow all youth to be seen and their voices actively heard. The Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Committee believes representation matters and strives to create mirrors, windows and prisms for all children (© Office of Library and Information Services).

Stay tuned for the next winner from the list below in March of 2024!

A Comb of Wishes By Lisa Stringfellow Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780063043442
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 17th, 2023

A Rover's Story By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063113923
Availability: Sold Out (Available to Order)
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 4th, 2022

Amazing Landmarks: Discover the hidden stories behind 10 iconic structures! By Rekha S. Rajan, Alex Asfour (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rekha S. Rajan, Alex Asfour (Illustrator)
$19.99
Unavailble to Order
ISBN: 9781338652499
Published: Scholastic Press - August 2nd, 2022

Expedition Backyard: Exploring Nature from Country to City  (A Graphic Novel) By Rosemary Mosco, Binglin Hu Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593127346
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Published: Random House Graphic - June 21st, 2022

Fighting for YES!: The Story of Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann By Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Vivien Mildenberger (Illustrator), Judith Heumann (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Vivien Mildenberger (Illustrator), Judith Heumann (Afterword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419755606
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - August 9th, 2022

Flipping Forward Twisting Backward By Alma Fullerton, Sarah Mensinga (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alma Fullerton, Sarah Mensinga (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781682635605
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Published: Peachtree - July 18th, 2023

Forest Fighter: The Story of Chico Mendes By Anita Ganeri, Margaux Carpentier (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anita Ganeri, Margaux Carpentier (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781623718565
Availability: Sold Out (Available to Order)
Published: Crocodile Books - March 8th, 2022

Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book By Tonya Bolden, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tonya Bolden, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062967404
Availability: Sold Out (Available to Order)
Published: Quill Tree Books - October 4th, 2022

Growing Pangs: (A Graphic Novel) (From the Universe of Growing Pangs) By Kathryn Ormsbee, Molly Brooks (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kathryn Ormsbee, Molly Brooks (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780593301319
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 3rd, 2022

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun's Thanksgiving Story By Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, Alexis Bunten, Garry Meeches, Sr. (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623542900
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 2nd, 2022

Killer Underwear Invasion!: How to Spot Fake News, Disinformation & Conspiracy Theories By Elise Gravel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781797214917
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 20th, 2022

Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party (Marya Khan #1) By Saadia Faruqi, Ani Bushry (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Saadia Faruqi, Ani Bushry (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781419761171
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Published: Amulet Paperbacks - March 7th, 2023

King of the Ice #1 (Miles Lewis #1) By Kelly Starling Lyons, Wayne Spencer (Illustrator) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780593383490
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Published: Penguin Workshop - July 19th, 2022

Nothing Is Little By Carmella Van Vleet Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823450114
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Published: Holiday House - July 19th, 2022

Singing with Elephants By Margarita Engle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593206706
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 30th, 2023

Swim Team: A Graphic Novel By Johnnie Christmas, Johnnie Christmas (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063056763
Availability: Sold Out (Available to Order)
Published: HarperAlley - May 17th, 2022

The Button Box By Bridget Hodder, Fawzia Gilani-Williams, Harshad Marathe (Illustrator) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781728423975
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Published: Kar-Ben Publishing (R) - April 1st, 2022

The Whale Who Swam Through Time: A Two-Hundred-Year Journey in the Arctic By Alex Boersma, Nick Pyenson, Alex Boersma (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250803023
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 24th, 2022

When Winter Robeson Came By Brenda Woods Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781524741600
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - January 10th, 2023

Zia Erases the World By Bree Barton Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593350997
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2022