Rooster Games

The second annual Cranston Rooster Games were held on April 10, 2019 at 6 PM at the Central Library. Cranston Public School students in grades 3-5 who had read at least 7 of the 2019 Rhode Island Children Book Award nominees were invited to participate in rounds of trivia-style competition.

More than 90 students attended the event, and the team from Chester Barrows took home the rooster trophy.  The winners were also honored with 3D printed medals, and children who had read all 20 nominees received bookmarks honoring their achievement. 

The Cranston Public School librarians promote the Rhode Island Children's Book Award nominees all year so students can help choose the winner. Check Donors Choose to see if you can help fund the purchase of nominees for next year!


The Rooster Games are held at schools across Rhode Island, and resources related to the games are shared between school librarians. Starting in 2018, the Cranston Public School librarians collaborated with the public library to host a city-wide Rooster Games. A letter is sent home with eligible students a month before the event, and the school librarians plan and gather materials for five or six stations that will test the participants' knowledge of the 20 RICBA nominees.

A massive digital timer is projected in the meeting room while teams progress through the stations. When all stations are completed, the official scorekeeper tallies the teams' scores. The program concludes with an award ceremony at which all students receive participation certificates and those who have read all 20 nominees receive a special bookmark. Then the winning team is announced and awarded the official Rooster Trophy. The winning team displays the rooster trophy in the school library until next year. Members of the winning team also receive 3D printed medals which were printed on the library's Monoprice Mini 3D printers. 


The Rhode Island Children's Book Award started in 1990 as a joint project of the Rhode Island State Council of the International Reading Association (RISC/IRA), the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA), and the Rhode Island Educational Media Association (RIEMA) under the coordinationship of the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS). Many public schools in Rhode Island encourage students in grades 3-5 to read at least 3 of the nominated titles and vote on the one they like best. These votes are collected and counted at the state level, and the school with the most participation gets to host the author of the winning title. The Cranston Public Libraries often hold RICBA related events to encourage more children to get involved. The RICBA nominees also appear on the Cranston Public School recommended summer reading lists.