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
Tullet, Herve: Press Here
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
Weaver, Janice: Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist
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!
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.