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 Accelerated Reading Search  - The Brookings Public Schools no longer have a print version of the list of reading tests. Use this link for a complete listing.


South Dakota Book Awards

Did you know that the state of South Dakota has two different reading awards for children’s literature? There is the Prairie Bud Award for students in grades K-3 and the Prairie Pasque Award for students in grades 4-6. The nominees for both these awards were chosen for their quality and potential popularity with children by a panel of educators and librarians. The Prairie Bud and the Prairie Pasque Awards are both “Kid’s Choice” where students read at least 5 of the 15 nominated books in order to be eligible to vote. Voting takes place during the second week of March and the winners of the statewide vote are announced in April during National Library Week. The goal of both of these awards is to encourage students to become enthusiastic, discriminating readers.

The Prairie Bud Award was created in 1998 and each year students in K-3rd grade are eligible to vote for their favorite nominated book. This year’s nominees are:

2013-2014 Prairie Bud Nominees

Brown, Monica: Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald No Combina

Esbaum, Jill: Tom's Tweet

Laminack, Lester: Three Hens and a Peacock

Murray, Laura: The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

Pattison, Darcy: Prairie Storms

Rocco, John: Blackout

Sayre, April Pulley: Rah Rah Radishes

Sidman, Joyce: Swirl by Swirl

Smallcomb, Pam: Earth to Clunk

Schneider, Josh: Tales for Very Picky Eaters

Stein, David Ezra: Love, Mouserella

Sweet, Melissa: Balloons Over Broadway

WINNER - Tullet, Herve: Press Here  - WINNER

Uhlberg, Myron: A Storm Called Katrina

Wild, Margaret: Harry and Hopper

Yankovic, Al: When I Grow Up


The Prairie Pasque Award was first given in 1987 to Ivy Ruckman for her book, Night of the Twisters. Students in grades 4–6 are eligible to vote for their favorite nominee. This year’s nominated books are:

2013-2014 Prairie Pasque Award Nominees

Cartwright, Nancy & Jones, Joanna: Henry's Adventure at the Franklin Hotel

Deedy, Carmen Agra: The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale

Denenberg, Barry: Titanic Sinks!

Ellis, Deborah: No Ordinary Day

Fleming, Candace: Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

George, Jessica Day: Tuesdays at the Castle

Hannigan, Katherine: True (… Sort Of)

Hatke, Ben: Zita the Spacegirl

Henkes, Kevin: Junonia

Lewis, Gill: Wild Wings

O'Connell, Caitlin: Elephant Scientist

Ripken, Cal: Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars: Hothead

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk: The Christmas Coat

Thomas, Peggy: For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson

Wardlaw, Lee: Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

WINNER - Weaver, Janice: Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist - WINNER


The books on both of these lists cover a wide range of styles and genres, including both fiction and non-fiction. The Brookings Public Library has several copies of all of these books, so if your children are looking for something great to read, why don’t you come by and check them out!



Birthday Book Club                                                               

The Brookings Public Library is pleased to announce the introduction of our new Birthday Book Program. This is a unique way you can celebrate your child’s birthday in a special way, and at the same time help our library collection to grow. Participation in the program involves a $10 donation per book.

For this donation your child may select a new book from the Birthday Bookshelf located in the library. The inside front cover of the book will have a bookplate inscribed with your child’s name. The birthday child will also have the honor of being the first to check out the new book.

Children have a special appreciation for books they select to add to the library. They enjoy sharing them with family and friends. This is a wonderful way to commemorate a very special occasion and to help our library maintain a high-quality collection.