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Kids Reading Across Rhode Island

Previous Selections

2023 The Aquanaut by Dan Santat

2022 How to Win a Slime War by Mae Respicio

2021 Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

2020 Oddmire by William Ritter

2019 Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks

2018 The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

2017 Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

2016 Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

2015 Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

2014 Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

2013 Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

2012 Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine

2011 Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

2010 Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks by Kate Klise

About Kids Reading Across RI

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island (KRARI), Rhode Island's One Book, One State community read program for kids, is offered by the RI Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) in partnership with the Rhode Island Center for the Book (RICfB). Each fall the KRARI Committee convenes to select a book that appeals to kids in grades 4-6. The selected book is announced in January/February and throughout the spring copies of the book are distributed by request to public and school libraries for conducting discussions and activities centered on the book. The author of the selected book is invited to a kickoff celebration that is held each May at the RI State House. Public libraries and local organizations are also invited to participate in the kickoff by offering an activity table and promoting their upcoming Summer Reading Program.


The KRARI Committee is advised by Danielle Margarida, OLIS Youth Services Coordinator and Kate Lentz, RICfB Executive Director. Committee members include public youth services librarians, school librarians, retired librarians, and retired educators. The committee is responsible for selecting the book, creating an accompanying resource guide, and planning the kickoff event. Librarians and educators who have experience working with kids in grades 4-6 are invited to join the committee any time of year by contacting Danielle Margarida or Kate Lentz. The committee meets in person approximately five times between September and May. Meeting attendance is not required, but committee members that cannot attend meetings are asked to participate in discussions via email. Committee members are also expected to:

  • Read 6-10 children's books between August and December
  • Contribute to the resource guide
  • Attend and help manage the May kickoff event

Book Sets

Book sets of the current KRARI selection are available to public and school libraries for conducting discussions and activities. Book sets are typically made available by request March-June. For information about requesting a book set for your library please contact Danielle Margarida.