Kids Reading Across Rhode Island

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, Rhode Island's One Book, One State community read program for kids, is kicking off its 9th year on May 19th!

This program, offered by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services in partnership with the Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, encourages students across the state in grades 4 through 6 to read the same book, and engage in community discussions and programs. This year’s selection is The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez.

Come into the library to check out The First Rule of Punk or visit the OSL Ezone to download a digital version to your phone, tablet, or computer.


The First Rule of Punk

A 2018 Pura Belpré Award Honor Book and a 2018 Rhode Island Latino Books Month selection!

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school--you can't fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malu (Maria Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School's queen bee, violates the school's dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.

The real Malu loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malu finally begins to feel at home. She'll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!


For more information about Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, visit the RI Office of Library & Information Services.