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Prairie Bud Nominees 2008-2009


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Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman

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Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

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Gene Barretta

What would you do if you lived in a community without a library, hospital, post office, or fire department? If you were Benjamin Franklin, you’d set up these organizations yourself. Franklin also designed the lightning rod, suggested the idea of daylight savings time, and invented bifocals — all inspired by his common sense and intelligence.

Grade Level: K-3
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated

Sally Jean, Bicycle Queen

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Kari Best

When Sally Jean outgrows her beloved bicycle, Flash, she experiments with various ideas for acquiring a new, bigger one.

Grade Level: 1-3
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

I Lost My Tooth in Africa

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Penda Diakite

While visiting her father's family in Mali, a young girl loses a tooth, places it under a calabash, and receives a hen and a rooster from the African Tooth Fairy.

Grade Level: K-3
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Chickens to the Rescue

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John Himmelman WINNER!

Out of the chicken coop rush a crowd of helpful hens, ready to do their rescue for each day of the week. Each rescue is frantic, funny, and a little wild.

Grade Level: 1-3
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated

Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building

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Deborah Hopkinson

In 1931, a boy and his father watch as the world's tallest building, the Empire State Building, is constructed, step-by-step, near their Manhattan home.

Grade Level: K-3
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

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The Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom & Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association . Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota kindergarten, first and second grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Students are encouraged to read and vote for their one favorite book of the year from the masterlists of titles. The books receiving the most votes from the students win the awards. A committee of educators and librarians select the books nominated for the awards.

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