Prairie Bud Nominees 2012-2013
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott
The girl in this book grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color, and seashells in her garden.
How does your garden grow?
Grade Level: PK-K
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Birdy's Smile Book
Birdy starts every day by smiling at herself in the mirror. She says you can smile while doing just about anything—brushing your teeth, taking out the garbage, or eating broccoli. Okay, maybe not while eating broccoli. Even people with bad teeth (like our first president, George Washington) should show their toothy grins because there's no such thing as a bad smile. So heed Birdy's advice and practice your smile—you'll need it while reading this book!
Grade Level: K-3
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Little Pink Pup
Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn't think he would survive, so they brought him into the house where he met Tink, a new dachshund mom. When Tink saw Pink, she immediately adopted him into her family, and helped nurse him back to health. Pink thrived in his new family: the puppies didn't mind that Pink looked nothing like them—he was just their size.
This remarkable story has already garnered a great deal of media attention: the irresistible photographs documenting Pink and Tink's relationship have appeared on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Readers of all ages will be captivated by these adorable animals and the amazing bond that they share.
Grade Level: PK-K
Publisher: Penguin Group
Bridget loves to draw, and she likes to wear a beret for inspiration. So when her beloved hat blows away, Bridget searches for it high and low. She files a Missing Beret Report. She even considers other hats, but none of them feel quite right. It's no use; without her beret, Bridget can't seem to draw. How will she overcome her artist's block?
Make sure to check out Bridget's notebook scribbles at the end of the book for her thoughts and facts on art!
Grade Level: PK-2
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
Just before midnight under a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to work with his monstrous clientele—because, after all, even monsters need haircuts.
Grade Level: K-2
Publisher: Walker and Company, a division of Bloomsbury
Permission: Book jacket covers displayed through an affiliate contract with Barnes & Noble.com .
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.
Prairie Bud Winner: Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
Prairie Bloom Winner: Dog V. Cat by Chris Gall
Prairie Pasque Winner: The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren
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