The 2023 list is here and has 20 great books for you to choose from to read. The 2022 Rhode Island Children's Book Award winner is The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illustrated by Oge Mora! This year 6,609 students from 85 schools and public libraries voted for their favorite 2022 nominee. If you are a rising 3rd-5th grader, will you read 3 of the 2023 nominees so that you can vote next year?! Of course you will!
Each year 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 (RICFB), and is advised by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS). Three public youth services librarians, three school librarians, and three teachers serve three year terms on the committee.