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Prairie Bud Nominees 2009-2010


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Fabulous Bouncing Chowder by Peter Brown

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The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll

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Patricia McKissack

IT'S CHRISTMAS, AND NELLA is beside herself with excitement! She and her sisters have been given a real gift - a beautiful Baby Betty doll. But it's hard to share something you've waited your whole seven-year-old life for, and Nella grabs the doll for herself. It isn't long before she discovers that a doll can't do the fun things she and her sisters do together. So, as Christmas day fades, Nella shares it with her sisters. Set in the Depression era South, here's a heartwarming story that captures the essence of the holiday.

Grade Level: K-2
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Vulture View

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April Pulley Sayre

Turkey vultures soar on the balmy air, looking for their next stinky feast. These birds don't hunt — they like their food to be already dead, and their eating habits serve a very important ecological role. Vultures are part of nature's clean-up crew. In her signature poetic, energetic style, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre introduces young readers to the world of the turkey vulture. The gorgeous illustrations by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Steve Jenkins capture these birds in all their surprising majesty.

Grade Level: K-2
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

First the Egg

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Laura Vaccaro Seeger

This is a book about transformations…from egg to chicken, seed to flower, and caterpillar to butterfly. But it's also a book about creativity as paint becomes picture, word becomes story… and commonplace becomes extraordinary.

Grade Level: K-1
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press


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David Stein

It's a young bear's first autumn, and the falling leaves surprise and thrill him. At first he tries to put the leaves back on, but by spring he's learned about the tree's wondrous cycle. This bear's-eye look at the changing seasons will charm readers with its whimsical illustrations and sweet language.

Grade Level: K-2
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

Ballerina Dreams

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Lauren Thompson

The inspiring story of five little girls whose ballerina dreams come true with the help of their dedicated teacher.

Grade Level: K-2
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

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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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