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Kids Reading Across Rhode Island

Statewide Slime War

Public libraries throughout the state are invited to celebrate the 2022 KRARI selection How to Win a Slime War with a sticky competition. Pick the best slime to represent your library and see how it stacks up to slime from kids around the state.

How to participate:

  1. Register your library at by 12pm July 5.
  2. Solicit slime from kids in your community and pick the slime that best represents your library.
  3. Package and label the selected slime using the materials sent to you. Put the packaged and labeled slime in delivery with the appropriate slip. Slime must be received at OLIS by July 26.


Slime entries will be judged by . Slime will be evaluated for consistency, texture, and color. The winner will be announced on July 27.



Selecting your library's entry:

Libraries can select their entry in any way that works best. Selection methods may include:

  • select from slime made at an in-person slime program
  • select from slime turned in from a slim grab & go kit
  • select from slime received as part of a slime open call


Explore the rest of this guide for slimy ideas, including slime clean-up!

2022 Virtual Author Event

Kick off Kids Reading Across RI 2022 with a live, virtual discussion with How to Win a Slime War author Mae Respicio. Schools, public libraries, homeschoolers, and children's literature lovers are invited to celebrate the award winning author behind this year's joyful, honest, and heartfelt selection.

Slime Writing Exercise

This is a quick writing exercise in descriptive writing. You’ll need the slime you just made, and some paper and a pencil to write with. Happy sliming and writing!

About the Book

How to Win a Slime War

Alex Manalo and his dad have just moved back to Sacramento to help out with their extended family's struggling Filipino market. While Alex likes helping in the store, his true passion is making slime! He comes up with his own recipes and plays with ingredients, colors, and different bumpy or sparkly bits, which make his slime truly special. A new friend encourages Alex to sell his creations at school, which leads to a sell-off battle with a girl who previously had a slime-opoly. Winner gets bragging rights and the right to be the only slime game in town.

But Alex's dad thinks Alex should be focused more on "traditional" boy pastimes and less on slime. As the new soccer coach, Dad gets Alex to join the team. Even though he hates sports, Alex gives in.

Alex is battling on multiple fronts--with his new friends at school, and with his dad at home. It will be a sticky race to the finish to see who oozes out on top.


About the Author

Mae Respicio

Mae is author of the middle grade novels The House That Lou Built, Any Day With You, and How to Win a Slime War (out September 2021). She is the past recipient of a PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship and has been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her writing & photography has been featured in many publications including Pregnancy Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Patagonia, Pottery Barn Kids, Red Tricycle and The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image, and Other Hazards of Being Female (Seal Press), and she worked with the Filipino-American community of Los Angeles to edit the nonfiction book Images of America: Filipinos in Los Angeles (Arcadia Publishing). For many years Mae also worked at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, developing, implementing, and overseeing top notch literary events, creative and screenwriting courses, and helping to build a thriving literary community. Mae lives with her family in the suburban wild of Northern California.



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