Rooster Games and Rhode Island Children's Book Award 2017

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 between 2015 -2016 and have literary value and child appeal for grades 3-6.  For a full list of RICBA criteria, check out their blog 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 within their own school and they vote for their favorite book in February.  The RICBA winner will be announced in March.  

At Metcalf Elementary School, students in Grades 3-6 celebrate our Rooster Games in April with cross-grade-level teams.

In order to VOTE, students in Grade 3-6 at Metcalf need to read 3 books.

  • 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).
  • Students must register for the games in library by March 17.
**Note that if you would prefer not to read Took, by Mary Downing Hahn, at Metcalf, you have the option of reading former RICBA nominee, Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise. 

February 11 -17: Voting at Metcalf will take place during library class
March 17:  Deadline to register for the Rooster Games at Metcalf - register with Mrs. O'Neill in the library
March 20:  Journals for students who have read all 20 books are due (see directions below)
March 22:  Teams posted outside of the library 
April 4, Tues.: Poster and Song Round will be 3:00 - 5:00 in the cafeteria
April 11, Tues.: Rooster Games at Metcalf!!!!!  

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, if you would prefer.  If you have a journal of your own, you may also submit that. All students are encouraged to keep a journal, but only those students who read all 20 books are expected to submit the journals. 
Here is the Rooster Games 2017 Journal to print or enter digitally (click on the bright blue words to access the journal).  
Print journals should be submitted to Mrs. O'Neill in the library. 
Digital journals should be shared with
Ellie's Story by W. Bruce Cameron
ISBN: 9780765374691
Publication Date: 2015-04-14
Please click on the title to watch the book trailer. Ellie has been trained since the time she was a puppy to be a search-and-rescue dog, but her greatest task may be to help her handlers--widowed Jakob and lonely Maya--find comfort and love.

  • Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
    ISBN: 9780525428756
    Publication Date: 2015-09-08
    In 1969, 11-year-old Mimi moves with her African American father and Japanese mother to a small town in Vermont, and suddenly it seems like her appearance is the only thing about her that people notice. That is until Mimi, who wants to be an astronaut, is suspended for refusing to follow the school's rule that girls take home economics class and boys take shop class. Despite the fact that many of her classmates have made Mimi feel singled out due to her ethnicity, a number of them come to her defense by organizing a sit-in protesting her suspension.
  • Growing up Pedro by Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780763668242
    Publication Date: 2015-02-10
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer.
    Before he became an award-winning baseball player and pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, Pedro Martinez was just a kid amongst the mango groves of the Dominican Republic. Pedro always looked up to his older brother, Ramon, the best pitcher he had ever seen. Pedro dreamed that one day the brothers would travel to America and play together in the Major Leagues. This is the story of how that dream came true!
  • A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
    ISBN: 9780545700276
    Publication Date: 2015-05-26
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer. 
    After her blind dog is rescued by Salma Santiago, a daughter of migrant workers in town for the blueberry season, 12-year-old Lily and Salma become fast friends. They discover a surprising number of interests in common and bond over sharing stories from their very different lives. But when Salma decides to participate in the Blueberry Queen pageant, Lily and Salma's friendship faces challenges as they are forced to examine their own views concerning prejudice and what it means to belong. Despite the conflicts that arise, the friendship between the two main characters proves transformative and ultimately uplifting.
  • The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick
    ISBN: 9780385386180
    Publication Date: 2015-09-01
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer. Although D.J. comes from a family of achievers, the 10-year-old feels like a pretty dull kid. He used to be a good friend to Gina, but then she moved away. D.J.'s life takes a crazy turn when HiLo, a boy from another planet, crash lands near him. HiLo has no memory of why he is on Earth. He is also clueless when it comes to Earth customs, and his alien powers—flight and laser hands being two of them—which cause havoc. Luckily, Gina moves back, helps D.J. be a good friend to HiLo, and joins them in fighting a horde of giant insect robots
  • The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
    ISBN: 9780545665735
    Publication Date: 2015-01-27
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer.
    In almost every possible respect, Mark is a normal kid. He has a dog, Beau, and a best friend, Jessie. He has hobbies—taking photographs and writing haiku poems. One day he even hopes to climb a mountain. The one thing that sets him apart is cancer. For all of his 12 years, he has been in and out of hospitals for treatments, and it is looking like he's not getting better. So, Mark runs away. He takes cash, his camera, his haiku notebook, and Beau, and sets out to climb Mount Rainier—no matter if it's the last thing he ever does. But this puts Jessie in a tight spot. She knows where Mark has gone, and she feels his parents' worry. Should she tell them?
How to Swallow a Pig by Steve Jenkins (Illustrator); Robin Page
ISBN: 9780544313651
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Animal species demonstrate an astounding variety of skills that amaze and mystify humans. How exactly does a slender snake swallow an entire pig, or a tailorbird deftly sew up a nest? Readers will learn exactly how 18 different amazing animal behaviors are carried out with step-by-step illustrations and descriptions. Witty text, full-page spreads of each behavior, and directions laid out clockwise all enhance the delivery of these fun insights into animal abilities.

  • Into the Killing Seas by Michael P. Spradlin
    ISBN: 9780545726023
    Publication Date: 2015-06-30
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer.
    In 1945 twelve-year-old Patrick and his younger brother Teddy stow away on the U.S.S. Indianapolis in a desperate attempt to get back to the Philippines where they last saw their parents, just before the Japanese invasion--but when the ship is sunk they find themselves clinging to a piece of debris without food or water, and with hungry sharks circling below.
  • Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter; Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780385390293
    Publication Date: 2015-07-14
    This quietly inspiring book tells the story of Lillian, a 100-year-old African American woman, who is determined to exercise her right to vote. On her way up the hill to the courthouse, she reflects on the injustices generations of her family endured, and the hard-won freedom that finally grants her the power to cast a ballot.
  • Masterminds by Gordon Korman
    ISBN: 9780062299963
    Publication Date: 2015-02-03
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer.
    Eli Frieden and his friends live in a community called Serenity, New Mexico, where there is no crime, unemployment, poverty, or homelessness. One day they discover that they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.
  • The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
    ISBN: 9780385376556
    Publication Date: 2015-07-14
    Please click on title to watch the book trailer. 
    Annotation The start of the school year brings challenges for the four adopted Fletcher brothers—12-year-old Sam struggles with an identity crisis, 10-year-olds Eli and Jax wrestle with carving out their own distinctive paths, and six-year-old Frog enjoys the company of his new imaginary friend, a cheetah, but is frustrated and bewildered that no one else can see it. Fortunately, the boys’ fathers, Dad and Papa, have raised a strongly bonded, supportive family that handles minor bumps and major hurdles with humor and compassion.
  • Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
    ISBN: 9780763663230
    Publication Date: 2015-02-10
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer.
    Eleven-year-old Ari clings tightly to the promises she and her older brother Gage made to their mother before her death—Ari will attend Carter, a school for gifted students, and the two siblings will stay together until Ari is grown. So when 19-year-old Gage finally becomes fed up with their strict guardian, Janna, and decides to leave their foster home, Ari goes with her brother, despite the fact that he is unable to secure an apartment or a job. Gage and Ari struggle with homelessness and the dangers of being on their own, threatening Ari's chances of attending Carter; but hope and persistence ultimately prevail.
  • Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb
    ISBN: 9781595148292
    Publication Date: 2016-05-10
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer.
    Seventh-grader Joey is bitten by an old rat, and becomes a three-inch-tall rodent himself. Suddenly, Joey has all sorts of rat-like feelings, feeling the call of the city streets and the smells of garbage, like a scone with a spork in it--however, when Joey pulls out the spork, he enters an ancient, unfulfilled rat prophecy, for this spork is the legendary sword Ratscalibur. The problem is, when the going gets tough, Joey may not want to remain a rat to see the prophecy through.
Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin
ISBN: 9781442485037
Publication Date: 2015-06-16
Please click on the title to watch the book trailer.
Eleven-year-old Ruby Danes has a real best friend for the first time ever, but agonizes over whether or not to tell her a secret she has never shared with anyone--that her mother has been in prison since Ruby was five--and over whether to express her anger to her mother.

  • Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
    ISBN: 9780545540599
    Publication Date: 2014-08-26
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer.
    This is a memoir, graphic novel-style, of author/illustrator Raina Telgemeier. Raina is excited to be a big sister, but once Amara is born she learns quickly that it isn't all fun and adoration. The baby is cute, but cranky and annoying, and when the two of them are older Amara seems to like playing by herself rather than with Raina. Then another baby comes along, this time a brother. At the same time, Raina and Amara both realize something might be wrong with their parents' marriage. In order to survive and make sense of it all, the two sisters realize they will have to find a way to get along.
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper; Sarah Jane Coleman (Cover Design by)
    ISBN: 9781442494978
    Publication Date: 2015-01-06
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer. 
    After years of relative peace, the Ku Klux Klan returns to Bumblebee, North Carolina. Stella and her brother Jojo are out late one night when they see the white-robed figures burning a cross. Bumblebee's African American community is gripped with fear. They know that they are alone and must deal with this problem themselves. Stella sees all this, but she has a fiery spirit and refuses to give in to fear. Stella focuses on the good things like family, friends, potluck dinners in neighbors' backyards—and finally a peaceful march to a voting place, where three registered black voters make history.
  • Took by Mary Downing Hahn
    ISBN: 9780544551534
    Publication Date: 2015-09-15
    Every 50 years there is a new victim. The witch known as Old Auntie takes a new girl, always six or seven years old, and returns the previous one, who is 50 years older but appears the same as she did when she was taken. Old Auntie's newest victim is Erica, Daniel's sister. When she disappears, Dan is forced to confront the existence of the evil witch, and find a way to stop her and get his sister back.
  • Trombone Shorty by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9781419714658
    Publication Date: 2015-04-14
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer.
    This is the story of how Troy Andrews became known as Trombone Shorty. Music has always filled the streets of New Orleans, and it was no different in Troy's house. At the age of four, Troy began making what he called “musical gumbo.” He would hear the trumpet music his brother was playing and chime in with music he'd make with his hands. One day Troy discovered a discarded trombone. Troy was still so little that when he picked it up, he tipped right over! But Troy got up, started playing, and got so good at it that one day he was invited on stage—and into jazz history as Trombone Shorty!
  • Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski; Lauren Myracle; Emily Jenkins
    ISBN: 9780545800457
    Publication Date: 2015-09-29
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer.
    Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax--students in the Upside-Down Magic class--struggle to control their magic abilities and wonder if they would be better off pretending to be normal students.
  • A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner; Tim Probert (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780374301309
    Publication Date: 2015-08-18
    Please click on the title to watch the book trailer. 
    Rip and Red are best friends whose fifth-grade year is nothing like what they expected. They have a crazy new tattooed teacher named Mr. Acevedo, who doesn't believe in tests or homework and who likes off-the-wall projects, the more "off" the better. They also find themselves with a new basketball coach: Mr. Acevedo! Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone. And for Red, who has autism and really needs things to be exactly a certain way, the changes are even more of a struggle. But together these two make a great duo who know how to help each other and find ways to make a difference in the classroom and on the court.