RHODE ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK AWARD
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Congratulations to our 2023 RIMSBA Winner!
Our RIMSBA 2023 Winner is Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon!
Our two runner up books are Alone by Megan E. Freeman and Another Kind by Trevor Bream illustrated by Cait May.
Thank you to all the middle schoolers who voted this year and thank you to all the teachers and librarians who hosted voting at their schools and libraries!
2024 RIMSBA NOMINEES
African Icons by Tracey Baptiste
Ain't Burned All The Bright by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin
Air By Monica Roe
Alias Anna by Susan Hood and Greg Dawson
The Black Slide by J.W. Ocker
Both Can Be True by Jule Machias
Drew Leclair Gets a Clue by Katryn Bury
Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros
Freestyle by Gale Galligan
Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega
The Golden Hour by Niki Smith
Inivisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango
A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee
A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks
Thirst by Varsha Bajaj
The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat
Weird Kid by Greg Van Eekhout
Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega
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A statement from the 2022-2023 RIMSBA Committee:
“The Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Committee, composed of Rhode Island teachers, school librarians, and public librarians, works annually to create a diverse list of nominated books using specific criteria. The committee is intentional in seeking books that affirm marginalized groups and champions stories and characters that reflect the lived experiences of Rhode Island youth as well as the larger world. The committee aims to provide an annual list of nominees that maintains diversity in race, gender, sexuality, family makeup, socioeconomics and ability. Nominee lists are thoughtfully curated with an anti-racist lens, to allow all youth to be seen and their voices actively heard. The Rhode Island Middle School Book Award believes representation matters and strives to create mirrors, windows and prisms for all children.”
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