Books & Reading


Book Lists  

Many of the titles on these lists are available in eBook or audiobook format on RI eZone. When looking at the lists, if you find a title you are interested in, click the "check our catalog" link, and look for the eZone options. Once you check out or reserve a title, you will be able to access it via the Overdrive app on your tablet, eReader, or smart device.

You can also search for titles via the HooplaDigital website or download the app from your app store.

If you need help accessing eBooks or audiobooks, please contact us at 789-1555 or

Be sure to check out our Teen Booklists for additional lists for Grades 6-8!

Book Awards & Notable Picks 

Rhode Island Children's Book Award 
RI State Book Award List for grades 3-5.
Check the catalog for 2024 nominees

Rhode Island Middle School Book Award
RI State Book Award List for grades 6-8.
Check the catalog for 2024 nominees.

ALSC Children's Notable Lists
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, and videos.

The Belpre Medal 
Presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.

Caldecott Medal and Honor Books
Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Coretta Scott King Awards 
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Geisel Award 
Given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.