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Garden City School Library: RICBA 2021

RICBA 2021

Rhode Island Children's Book Award
Awesome Dog 5000
Because of the Rabbit
The Boy at the Back of the Class
A Drop of Hope
Dear Justice League
Gross As a Snot Otter
Just Like Rube Goldberg
Max and the Midknights
Nina Soni, Former Best Friend
One-Third Nerd
Out of My Shell
Over the Moon
Pie in the Sky
The Proudest Blue
Shouting at the Rain
Titan and the Wild Boars
The Undefeated

How It Works

All you have to do to vote in the RICBA election in February is read three of the twenty books on the list. To qualify for the Rooster Games in March, you need to read at least seven. See below for plot summaries and links to book trailers. Then, after you finish a book, submit a form to Ms. Moore with a super short summary and your opinion about it. You can use the paper form at school or this online form from any computer.

TEACHERS! Access ideas for using the RICBA nominees in your classroom with the Curriculum Connections created by the committee. I'll add the link when it's ready. Links to web sites/reading guides and writing prompts will be included.

Get Your RICBA Books at the CPL!

Click the icon below to go to the Cranston Public Library online catalog. Use your library card number to request books; the system will email you when they're ready for you to pick up.

You can also borrow e-books and download audiobooks from home!


Read Online!

Many of these books are available as ebooks via Destiny Discover. When you search for a book in RICAT, and we have an electronic version, you'll see the letter e next to the cover (bottom search result).


To check out the e-book using a computer, click on this link and then log in

User Name: CRA and your lunch code (school ID number)

Example: CRA123456

Password: Your lunch code

Example: 123456

Search for the book and then click on the "Checkout" button to claim it.


To check out the e-book to a device like a phone or tablet, download the Destiny Discover app. NOTE: Any checkouts to your account will be available via all platforms.

Past RICBA Winners


2020: Inky's Amazing Escape

2020 Nominees List

2019: Sergeant Reckless

2019 Nominees List

2018: Wish

2018 Nominees List

2017: Sisters

2017 Nominees List

2016: El Deafo

2016 Nominees List

2015: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

2015 Nominees List

2021 Nominees

All book summaries courtesy of Follett. If the title of a book is blue, you can click on it to watch a book trailer (we are currently missing Gross as a Snot Otter, Just Like Rube Goldberg, Nina Soni Former Best Friend, One-Third Nerd, Out of My Shell, The Proudest Blue, and Scouts).  


Thanks go to Katie Tanner of Edgewood Highlands and Eden Park Schools for uploading the 2021 nominee information, Carolyn Steward of Gladstone Street School for finding the book trailers, and Sue Scanlon for creating Safe Youtube links.

Standards Addressed


V. A. 1: Reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes.