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Exeter-West Greenwich Jr/Sr High School Library: RIMSBA

Middle School Book Battle

RI Middle School Book Award RIMSBA


Book Trailers

(courtesy of Melanie Roy)

RIMSBA 2024 Fiction Nominees

RIMSBA 2024 Nonfiction Nominees

RIMSBA 2024 Graphic Novels

RIMSBA Book Selection Process

The RI Middle School Book Award shall have the following selection criteria:

1. The book must be published within the two (2) years preceding (not including the year of the award).

2. Only books that are the first in a series will be considered.

3. All nominees must be in print.

4. Books chosen for RITBA or RICBA in previous years will not be eligible for RIMSBA.

5. Once a book has been removed from consideration, it cannot be nominated in future years.

The committee will consider the following when evaluating nominees for the final list:

  • a well-constructed plot and defined story structure

  • strong characterization

  • striking language

  • vivid setting

  • appeal for readers in Grades 6-8

Book Nominations

  • Members of the RIMSBA Committee (a mix of school and public librarians, teachers and community members from Rhode Island) should nominate books based on the above criteria.

  • Anyone may nominate a book via the RIMSBA website. These books must be seconded by a RIMSBA committee member before being considered.

  • Books nominated by publishers and/or authors must be seconded by a committee member before being added to the list of titles under consideration.

  • Nominations must be submitted by the January meeting in order to be considered at the Voting Meeting in March.