Rooster Games and RICBA 2018

Each year, the Rhode Island Children's Book Award Committee selects 20 nominees to win the Rhode Island Children's Book Award. Nominee titles must have been published within the last two years and have literary value and child appeal for grades 3-5.  For a full list of RICBA criteria, check out their website here.  Participating schools across Rhode Island celebrate the nominees by participating in a variety of games and fun activities that test their knowledge of the twenty RICBA nominated books during Rooster Game events and they vote for their favorite book in February.  The RICBA winner will be announced in March.  

At Metcalf Elementary, students in Grades 3-6 celebrate Rooster Games with the Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominees in April with cross-grade-level teams.  New this year, the EWG Junior High will be celebrating the Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominees with Rooster Games for Grades 6-8.  Sixth graders who want to participate will have the choice of participating in the Metcalf Rooster Games, the Junior High Rooster Games or both. Junior High Rooster Games information is available here.

As of now, TO  PARTICIPATE IN THE GAMES at Metcalf:
  • Students in Grade 3 and 4 need to read at least 7 books (independently or read to the student).
  • Students in Grades 5 and 6 need to read at least 9 books (no more than 2 read to the student).

JOURNALS:  Students who read and journal all 20 books will be recognized at the games.
A journal is available to complete electronically or to print and complete in written form, if you would prefer.  All students are encouraged to keep a journal, which is very helpful for reviewing prior to the games.  Only those students who read all 20 books are expected to submit the journals.  
Here is the Rooster Games 2018 Journal to print or enter digitally (click on the underlined words to access the journal).  

RICBA has announced the 2018 Nominees to get ready for the 2018 Rooster Games. Check them out!  (click on the book cover to see a movie trailer of many of the books).
Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood (2016)   A town built on a landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea.   


Backyard Witch: Sadie’s Story
 by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge, illustrated by Deborah Marcero  (2015)  When her two best friends take a vacation without her, nine-year-old Sadie meets a witch who takes her on a bird-watching adventure. Includes birding tips.


Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman (2016)   When Charlie's older brother Joe is called up in 1942, Charlie learns about the tedium and dangers of war through Joe's letters--and his brother's bravery with a spy, finally gives Charlie the strength to stand up to the local bully.

Cinnamon Moon by Tess Hilmo (2016)   Historical fiction about two siblings and a friend trying to find a new family and a home after the Great Chicago Fire
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing (2016) After moving to Echo City, Charles finds himself at the mercy of the town's monsters, but lucky for him there is Margo Maloo, monster mediator
Fortune Falls by Jenny Goebel (2016)  In Fortune Falls, where superstitions are real, and all children must pass regular "luck tests", ill-fortuned Sadie has always been deemed as unlucky, and shunted aside for her luckier younger brother--but when she finds an unusually intelligent black cat named Jinx, her fortunes begin to change for the better.
FRAMED! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti (2016)  In Washington, D.C., twelve-year-old Florian Bates, a consulting detective for the FBI, and his best friend Margaret help thwart the biggest art heist in United States history.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy ( 2016)  Traces the achievements of the celebrated Supreme Court justice through the lens of her many famous acts of civil disagreement against inequality, unfair treatment, and human rights injustice
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan (2016)  A story told in verse from multiple perspectives of the graduating fifth grade class of Emerson Elementary. The kids join together to try to save their school from being torn down to make way for a supermarket
A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi (2016)  When Bilal's family suddenly moves to America, his father stays in Pakistan, and Bilal embraces baseball, an unexpected friend, and a new language. But this new way of life does not feel so special without Baba--will he ever get to America to see Bilal pitch?
Mo’Ne Davis, Remember My Name: My Story From First Pitch to Game Changer by Mo’Ne Davis with Hilary Beard (2015) Mo'ne's story is one of determination, hard work, and an incredible fastball. Mo'ne is a multisport athlete who also plays basketball and soccer and is an honor-roll student at her school in Philadelphia
Ollie’s Odyssey by William Joyce (2016)  When a toy is bestowed with the title of "favorite," it takes on a coveted rank among the world of household things. But when a vengeful toy conspires to destroy these favorites, he must be defeated by a stuffed toy rabbit.


The Prize Winners of Piedmont Place by Bill Doyle (2016)  Eleven-year-old Cal must convince his lovably wacky family to compete in a contest where the winners are granted twenty minutes to grab anything from King Wonder's world-famous shop.

Secrets of the Seven: The Eureka Key by Sarah L. Thomson (2016)  Sam (a puzzle master) and Martina (a history whiz) become involved in a dangerous quest to find 7 keys left behind by Benjamin Franklin and a secret society of descendants, which, when gathered together, unlock a powerful weapon.
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes (2016)  While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world


Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban (2016)  Third-grader Max pursues neighborhood adventures with his dad as they both adjust to recent changes in their family.


Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka (2016)  Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways.Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write!
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton (2016)  Chronicles the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun.
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (2016)  Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.
Wish by Barbara O’Connor (2016)  A story about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers that family doesn't always have to be related--they are simply people who love you for who you are.