This year's list has some great titles! The 2022 winners have also been announced. The 2022 RIMSBA winner is Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone! The 1st Runner up is Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes, and the 2nd Runner Up is The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling.
“The Rhode Island Middle School 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, socioeconomics 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 Middle School Book Award believes representation matters and strives to create mirrors, windows and prisms for all children.”