The Rhode Island Children's Book Award Book Club for grades 3-6 meets on the second Wednesday of each month, from 4-5 PM at the Central Library. At each meeting, we discuss 4 of this year's nominees, tied to one theme. Children can read one or more book for each session. In February, members of the club will vote for their favorite title. For more information, or to register, please call 401-943-9080 ext. 4, or drop by the Children Service Desk at the Central Library.
OCTOBER 12: ANIMALS, REAL AND IMAGINED
NOV 9: INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE LAW
Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin, The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart, Masterminds by Gordon Korman, and Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 by Jonah Winter.
DEC 14: SIBLINGS
JAN 11: FITTING IN
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton, A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord, Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues by Matt Tavares, and Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick.
FEB 8: SURVIVAL
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and Bryan Collier, A Whole New Ballgame: A Rip and Red Book by Phil Bildner and Tim Probert, Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper, and Into the Killing Seas by Michael P. Spradlin.
The Rhode Island Children's Book Award started in 1990 as a joint project of the Rhode Island State Council of the International Reading Association (RISC/IRA, which has disbanded), the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA), and the School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI, formerly known as RIEMA) under the coordinationship of the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS). Many public schools in Rhode Island encourage students in grades 3-6 to read at least 3 of the nominated titles and vote on the one they like best. These votes are collected and counted at the state level, and the school with the most participation gets to host the author of the winning title. The Cranston Public Libraries often hold RICBA related events to encourage more children to get involved. The RICBA nominees also appear on the Cranston Public School recommended summer reading lists.