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Chester W. Barrows School Library: Rhode Island Children's Book Award 2014 Blog/ Book Review


Since so many of you have been reading the Rhode Island Children's Book Award (RICBA) nominated books for 2014, it's time to share your thoughts with the world!

However, before we SHARE, let's understand some basic and very important ideas about communicating on line, on the internet, through blogging, social networking sites, or however you want to SHARE.

Before we SHARE, let's show we CARE.

We CARE about:

1) being SMART on line

2) being KIND on line

3) protecting our PRIVACY on line

4) being ETHICAL on line

5) being RESPONSIBLE on line

The RI Children's Book Award (RICBA) Blog

Here is the link to the RICBA blog.  It's a fun place and you can contribute to it... but we need to pay attention to the rules (hey... when DON'T we need to pay attention to rules?)

Go explore the blog.

The book reviews will get you excited, the pictures are GREAT, and you'll want to start blogging right away!


... you need to pay ALOT of attention to the GUIDELINES section on the right side of the blog.

We will end up doing things a bit differently from the way that they are usually done on the blog, and that's okay.  But some things are VERY important.

  • You need to have read at least 3 books in order to vote in February.  That's fine.  We will probably do at least 3 in class.  But the longer books you will need to read on your own.
  • You will be entering your book review on a special web form that I created for you to use, not on the blog.  I need to see it first (that is, I need to VERIFY your work).
  • Your book review needs to be POSITIVE.  It's easy to tell someone that you didn't like a book.  You need to write your review on a book that you liked.  It's more interesting to be positive and to try to convince other people to read the book.
  • Your book review will need to be at least 5 sentences.
  • The Most Important:  Make sure that your book review is something you would be proud to show your GRANDMOTHER.  Nothing in bad taste.  Nothing mean.

This is something we will end up being very proud of.

Standards Addressed

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1.1.2 Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.
1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital)
in order to make inferences and gather meaning
3.1.3 Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.
4.1.3 Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres.
4.1.5 Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience.

Common Core State Standards

CC.2.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

CC.3.SL.1.d Comprehension and Collaboration: Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

CC.3.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

CC.1.W.6 Production and Distribution of Writing: With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

CC.2.W.2 Text Types and Purposes: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

CC.2.W.6 Production and Distribution of Writing: With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

CC.3.W.1.a Text Types and Purposes: Introduce the topic or text that they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

CC.5.R.L.2 Key Ideas and Details: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

ISTE Technology Standards

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

5. Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology

b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity

The Process

Everyone is REQUIRED to write at least one book review (if you want to write more, sure! That's great!)

After you read a RICBA 2014 book that you would like to review, you need the following:

 The book's Title

 The book's Author

 The number of pages

 The book's Genre (feel free to discuss with me or talk with your friends.  Sometimes Genres are tricky)

Also, feel free to use RICAT (our library catalog) to look up any information, especially if you read the book over the summer...and you may need some help remembering.


After you choose your FAVORITE RICBA book, you have two things you need to do:

 Fill out an organizer (I will give you two choices--the formats are below)

I will need to check you off before you can go to the next step.

 Fill out a rough draft (the format is below)

I will need to check you off before you can go on to the final step.

 After you have completed your organizer and your rough draft, then you can enter your information into the on-line form that I have created for this project. 

That's it!      

Chester Barrows Library Catalog

If you  would like to look up any books or materials here at Chester Barrows, use the Library Catalog (all students grade 3 and above are familiar with it).  Look up by Subject, Keyword, Author, Title or Series.  Feel free to ask Mrs. Rose if you need any assistance.

Search Titles Search Authors Search Subjects Search Keywords Search Series
Advanced Search

The Tools

These are some tools and documents that can help keep you organized.

Remember, you need to choose ONE organizer (graphic or not graphic) and you need to fill out the rough draft document.

EVERYONE needs to fill out the Rough Draft Form before they can enter their book review into the on line form.

You are free to have a friend look over your rough draft to check for errors and make sure you didn't forget anything.  They will get credit for having been a peer reviewer!

Please take a look at the rubric and make sure that you have completed all of the elements of this assignment!

A Closer Look

Here's what the forms looks like:

Graphic Organizer (Front) and (Back)

Here's the Regular Organizer.  Remember, you can choose which one to use.

Here's the rough draft form:

Don't forget the rubric!

Subject Guide

Sue Rose's picture
Sue Rose
Chester W. Barrows School
9 Beachmont Avenue
Cranston, RI 02905

Here's the On Line Form For Your Book Review!!

Enter your Book Review Information Here



The easiest way to get your review into the on line form is to: 

--Type it into Word
--Open your Browser, get into this LibGuide
--Click on the On Line Form

--Cut and Paste your Book Review from Word into the On Line Form



  Your book review needs at least five sentences;

  Do NOT give away ending;

   Be positive;

  Use an original "hook" to get the reader interested in this book;

    Please remember to pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation;

   Please review and edit your work.

   You can ask a friend to Peer Edit your review.  This can help both of your grades.  

Happy Reviewing!


RICBA 2014 Bookmark

Here's the RICBA 2014 Bookmark! (in case you lost the one I gave you earlier...)

The List of RICBA 2014 Books

The One and Only Ivan

Nic Bishop's Snakes

The Year of the Book

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan

Barnum's Bones

Tuesdays at the Castle

Double Dog Dare

True (sort of)


Brother from a Box

The False Prince

Bill the Boy Wonder:  The Secret Co-Creator of Batman


Dogs on Duty:  Soldiers Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond

Jake and Lily

Liar and Spy

King of the Mound:  My Summer with Satchel Paige

Three Times Lucky

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

It's Time to Vote!

Starting Feb and ending in early March, it's time to vote for our favorite RICBA book!  Remember, you need to have read at least 3 books in order to vote.

Click the medal to vote.  Remember, you can only vote for one book.

Thanks for voting!