2019 RI Children’s Book Award Nominees
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold ; with pictures by Charles Santoso.
When his veterinarian mom brings home a stray baby skunk that needs rehabilitation before it can be placed in a wild animal shelter, Bat, who has austim, resolves to prove that he is up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently.
Chef Roy Choi and The Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin &June Jo Lee; illustrated by ManOne.
Describes the popular street cook's life, including working in his family's restaurant as a child, figuring outwhat he wanted to do with his life, and his success with his food truck and restaurant.
Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale.
When supernatural phenomenon start following Marcus O'Mara around, he discovers a key that leads to The Library, a place where all the stories of the living and dead are kept that will help him and his friends solve a terrifying mystery.
Dream Jumper. Book One, Nightmare Escape by Greg Grunberg & Lucas Turnbloom ; color by Guy Major.
Ben has a gift. He can jump into other people's dreams. So when his classmates start falling victim to an evil dream monster he knows he has to do something. But can he get to them in time? With help from a mysterious companion, Ben just might be able to defeat the monster and save his friends . . . if he can harness the power within
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers ; art by Shawn Harris.
In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, uniquely American in its frank tone and honest look at the literal foundation of our country, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country's creation
I'm Just No Good At Rhyming and Other Nonsense For Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups by Chris Harris ; illustrated by Lane Smith.
An illustrated collection of comically irreverent rhyming poems for readers of all ages, ranging in topic from avocados and anacondas to zombies and zebras (dressed like ghosts)
Keith Haring : The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring ; illustrated by Robert Neubecker.
Traces the life of artist Keith Haring, from his childhood love of drawing to his meteoric rise to fame, with a focus on his concern for children, humanity, and disregard for the established art world.
The Losers Club by Andrew Clements.
Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books.
The Marvelwood Magicians by Diane Zahler.
An eleven-year-old from a family that possesses unique magical abilities joins a traveling circus with an evil ringmaster who steals talents, forcing her to choose between forfeiting her powers and sacrificing her family.
Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown.
Inspired by the true story. Maddie is a normal twelve-year-old, but when a CT scan reveals she has a brain tumor, it will take all her imagination, courage, and support from her friends and family to meet this new challenge
The Real McCoys by Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr.
Elementary school detective Moxie McCoy looks for a missing school mascot and a new best friend, with the help of her annoying little brother.
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy ; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. (Bilingual Edition Available)
The mayor of the noisy city of La Paz institutes new laws forbidding all singing, but a brave little rooster decides he must sing, despite the progressively severe punishments he receives for continuing to crow. The silenced populace, invigorated by the rooster's bravery, ousts the tyrannical mayor and returns their city to its free and clamorous state
Sergeant Reckless : The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno.
Relates the true story of a brave little mare who carried artillery shells into battle numerous times with the U.S. Marines she supported throughout the Korean War.
Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher.
Seventh-grader Joseph Friedman is friendless and puny, with ADD to boot. He spends most of his time avoiding the class bully and hiding out in the Resource Room. But the Resource Room teacher encourages (i.e., practically forces) him to join the school cross country team, and he meets Heather, a new student who's tough and athletic and refuses to be pushed around by anybody
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres.
Seventh grader Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family's taco truck. She wants nothing more than for her dad to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be put out to pasture. It's no fun being known as the "Taco Queen" at school. But just when it looks like Stef is going to get exactly what she wants, and her family's livelihood is threatened, she will have to become the truck's unlikely champion. In this fun and multicutural middle grade novel, Stef will discover what matters the most, and ultimately embrace an identity that even includes old Tia Perla
The Time Museum by Matthew Loux.
Science-loving Delia Bean is expecting to have a pretty boring summer vacation looking after her little brother. But when her Uncle Lyndon offers her an internship in his Earth Time Museum, everything begins to look a lot better!l
The Trail by Meika Hashimoto.
Toby and his friend Lucas made a list of things to do the summer before they entered middle school, but now Lucas is gone, and Toby sets out to fulfill the promise he made to his friend, to finish the list by hiking the Appalachian Trail from Velvet Rocks to Mt. Katahdin, an undertaking that he is poorly prepared for--and which will become not only a struggle for survival, but a rescue mission for the starving and abused dog who he finds along the way.
Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy.
After moving with her mother and deaf brother to Grandma's small Georgia town in the 1960s, Alice copes with feelings of isolation by befriending the elderly black woman who lives next door
The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale ; illustrated by Dave Phillips.
When his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped, there is nothing Nosewise the dog will not do to get Merlin back, even if it means facing the strange Fae people and their magic-eating worms, or tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone.
The Youngest Marcher : The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton.
Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.