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Rhode Island Children's Book Award Winners And Nominees

2023 Award Winner

The 2023 Rhode Island Children's Book Award winner is Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter! This year 7,069 students from 107 schools and public libraries voted for their favorite 2023 nominee. A big thank you to all the librarians and teachers who promoted the list, connected kids with the books, and conducted voting!

2023 Voting Breakdown

1 Allergic 1111  
2 Bartali's Bicycle 700  
3 Chunky 686  
4 Willodeen 447  
5 The Lion of Mars 437  
6 Shark Summer 428  
7 Saving American Beach 409  
8 Katie the Catsitter 404  
9 The 1619 Project 372  
10 Saving Sorya 320  
11 Unspeakable 302  
12 Maya and the Robot 246  
13 The People's Painter 227  
14 She Was the First! 219  
15 The Adventure is Now 213  
16 Simon B' Rhymin 187  
17 Playing the Cards You're Dealt 118  
18 Bea is for Blended 113  
19 Sona Sharma Very Best Big Sister 73  
20 Unsettled 57


2024 Nominees

Printable Nominee Bookmark (Annotated)
Visit the resources page for additional 2023 nominee materials, including the new RICBA LibGuide.

  1. A Comb of Wishes by Lisa Stringfellow
  2. A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga
  3. Amazing Landmarks: Discover the hidden stories behind 10 iconic structures by Rehka S. Rajan, illustrated by Alex Asfour
  4. Expedition Backyard by Rosemary Mosco, illustrated by Binglin Hu
  5. Fighting for YES!: The Story of Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger
  6. Flipping Forward Twisting Backward by Alma Fullerton
  7. Forest Fighter: The Story of Chico Mendes by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Margaux Carpentier
  8. Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book by Tonay Bolden, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
  9. Growing Pangs by Kathryn Ormsbee and Molly Brooks
  10. Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun's Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten, illustrated by Garry Meeches Sr.
  11. Killer Underwear Invasion! by Elise Gravel
  12. Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Ani Bushry
  13. Miles Lewis: King of the Ice by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Wayne Spencer
  14. Nothing is Little by Carmella Van Vleet
  15. Singing with Elephants by Margarita Engle
  16. Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
  17. The Button Box by Bridget Hodder and Fawzia Gilani Williams
  18. The Whale Who Swam Through Time: A Two-Hundred-Year Journey in the Arctic by Alex Boersma and Nick Pyenson, illustrated by Alex Boersma
  19. When Winter Robeson Came by Brenda Woods
  20. Zia Erases the World by Bree Barton


RICBA Winners and Nominees 2010-2023

Year Winner Nominees
2023 Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter 2023 Nominees
2022 The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and illustrated by Oge Mora 2022 Nominees
2021 Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team by Susan Hood & Pathana Sornhiran 2021 Nominees
2020 Inky's Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home by Sy Montgomery 2020 Nominees
2019 Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick and illustrated by Iacopo Bruno 2019 Nominees
2018 O'Connor, Barbara. Wish. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016. 2018 Nominees
2017 Telgemeier, Raina. Sisters. New York: Graphix, 2014. 2017 Nominees
2016 Bell, Cece. El Deafo.New York: Amulet Books, 2014. 2016 Nominees
2015 Grabenstein, Chris. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.New York : Random House, 2013. 2015 Nominees
2014 Palaciao, R.J. Wonder. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 2014 Nominees
2013 Santat, Dan. Sidekicks. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011. 2013 Nominees
2012 Angleberger, Tom. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. New York: Amulet Books, 2010. 2012 Nominees
2011 Jenkins, Steve. Never Smile at a Monkey: and 17 Other Important Things to Remember.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009.      2011 Nominees
2010 Kibuishi, Kazu. Amulet. Book 1, The Stonekeeper. New York: Graphix, 2008.   2010 Nominees
1991-2010 Winners and Nominees