The Rhode Island Children's Book Award Book Club for grades 3-5 meets one Monday a 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 x4, or drop by the Children Service Desk at the Central Library.
OCTOBER 16: INVESTIGATIONS
NOVEMBER 13: PLACES AND SPACES
DECEMBER 11: GAMES AND COMPETITIONS
JANUARY 8: HELPING OTHERS
FEBRUARY 9: HELPING YOURSELF
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.