RI Children's Book Award Nominees

2016

About RICBA

Founded in 1990, RI Children's Book Award nominees are gathered by a group of librarians and teachers who work on a committee to create a diverse list of 20 titles with literary value and kid appeal. The list is intended for children in grades 3-6. If you're looking for summer reading suggestions look no further than this list!

Set a Goal for Yourself

You have the whole summer ahead of you to read as many RICBA nominees as possible. Students must read at least 3 titles on the list to vote. Set a goal to read all 20 nominees! The more you read the better informed you'll be when you vote in March 2016!

Be sure to go to your public library for all of these titles.

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The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Irish orphans, Molly and Kip, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be. Soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Suspense, Fantasy

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El Deafo by Cece Bell

All the other students at Cece's old school were deaf and didn't care about her Phonic Ear. At her new school, the device she needs seems to be repelling the one thing she really wants: a friend. This graphic novel chronicles the author's experience with hearing loss.

Graphic Novel

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Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

Jarrett's life is disrupted when his mom takes in a 12-year-old foster child. Jarrett's summer at the Youth Center is also being ruined by the foster "brother" who seems to excel in everything. The friction between the boys escalates and threatens both of them as they grow to understand the other's pain.

Realistic Fiction

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The Map Trap by Andrew Clements

According to map obsessed Alton Ziegler, maps can be used to chart human behavior, effects of cafeteria food, clothing choices, and cliques. But Alton finds himself in uncharted territory when one of his “secret” maps is stolen and he has to discover how to undo the potential damage to his middle school reputation. Realistic Fiction
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Mr. Ferris and his Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis

This fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world's most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.

Nonfiction

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The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan

Fourth-grader Mike Weiss isn’t a bad kid, but he’s always in trouble. Mike and his new neighbor Nora (who is good at everything) find the White Rabbit Magic Shop, which is owned by a real magician. They begin to discover that magic might be the thing Mike is really good at.

Fantasy

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Death By Toilet Paper by Donna Gephardt

Have you ever dreamed of entering a sweepstakes and winning the big cash prize? That’s exactly Benjamin’s plan to fulfill his promise to his Dad and to save himself and his mom from being evicted. Plans never go smoothly especially when you are being bullied at school and your grandfather with Alzheimer’s moves in.

Realistic Fiction

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Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

It's hard not to be good at anything. Just ask ten-year-old Albie, who is failing math and is the target of the school bully. His parents hire a tutor/babysitter for him and insist that he" just needs to try harder in school.” Albie learns to cope with the stress of a new school while learning to stand up to the bully and make new friends.

Realistic Fiction

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Life of Zarf: The Trouble with Weasels by Rob Harrell

Love fractured fairy tales? Zarf is a troll who lives among fairy tale characters. After theKing goes missing, Zarf’s arch nemesis, Prince Roquefort, takes over the kingdom. Zarf must team up with his best friends to save the day.

Fantasy

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The Swift Boys and Me by Kody Keplinger

Nola has been friends with the boys next door her whole life. That is until one night when the boys’ father leaves without saying goodbye. Nola just wants things to go back to normal, but will things ever be normal again?

Realistic Fiction

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Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rose is a special 12 year-old year who is obsessed with homophones and prime numbers. During a terrible storm, her dog goes missing and it is up to her to find him with help from her uncle. However, when she finds her dog, her reunion does not go exactly as planned.

Realistic Fiction

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Kate Walden Directs the Night of the Zombie Chickens by Julie Mata

Kate Walden wants to be a famous film director. However, she has to deal with her mother's job of raising back yard chickens as well as a best friend who has recently been hanging with the popular girls in school. Without her main actress, and crazy chickens in the way, can she accomplish her movie making dreams?

Realistic Fiction

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The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Set during the tragic genocide in Darfur, Sudan, 12 year old Amira witnesses the brutal storming of her village and death of her beloved father. Amira tells her story in symbolic verse, as she journeys to hope in the Kamal refugee camp and dreams of an education beyond the expectations of a girl.

Novel In Verse

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Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Ever wondered why sharks can never stop swimming? Or why sharks are seal hunting machines? Find out about sharks from the inside out in this great non-fiction book!

Nonfiction

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Winter Bees by Joyce Sidman

Animals have different ways of coping with the winter. Along with great illustrations, this book of poems will teach you how different animals and plants survive in the winter.

Poetry

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Star Stuff by Stephanie Sisson

Ever look up at the night sky and wonder about the stars and planets? As a boy, Carl Sagan’s curiosity about the universe took him on a life long journey of imagination, exploration and discovery to understand what lies beyond our world. Star Stuff tells the story of how Carl Sagan became a renowned scientist who shared with us the fascinating field of astronomy.

Nonfiction

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Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn by Greg Leitich Smith

Aidan’s family runs a motel near Cape Canaveral, Florida that attracts guests with an interest in space shuttle launches. When a UFO is sighted and a prosthetic limb starts picking up alien radio transmissions, Aidan begins to realize that some of the guests of the Mercury Inn might know more about inter-galactic travel than he thought.

Science Fiction

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Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Eleven year-old Suzy has been having a run of bad luck and hurt feelings –especially with the attention her little brother is getting for making a heroic 911 call.Suzy decides that she’ll be better off becoming a reclusive poet like Emily Dickinson. How hard can it be to spend the summer in her room, writing poetry, with no friends, no visitors and none of the usual summer fun?

Novel In Verse

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Loot by Jude Watson

Twelve-year-old March has spent his life traveling the world with his father, a renowned cat burglar, learning the family business. This all ends when his father dies during their last heist, leaving March alone and caught by the authorities. On his way to a group home in the United States, March meets his twin sister Jules, whom he never knew existed. March and Jules must work together to break their family curse before they die on their thirteenth birthday.

Mystery

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Joltin' Joe DiMaggio by Jonah Winter

When he was only nineteen years old, Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr., an Italian immigrant from San Francisco, stepped into the retiring shoes of Babe Ruth on the Yankees baseball team. Joe was quiet and shy, yet he fought prejudice and made headlines for his 56-game hitting streak.

Nonfiction

BOOK TRAILERS

Night Gardener Book Trailer
El Deafo Book Trailer
The Map Trap Book Trailer
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
The Vanishing Coin Book Trailer
Absolutely Almost Book Trailer
Zarf gets called to the principal's office...again.
The Swift Boys & Me
The Red Pencil Book Trailer
Neighborhood Sharks from Roaring Brook Press
Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn
Loot Book Trailer

Happy Reading!