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Prairie Pasque Nominees 2013-14


book cover of harry houdini
Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist

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

Cal Ripken, Jr.’s All-Stars:  Hothead by Ripken, Cal; Prairie Pasque Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from

Ripken, Cal

Connor Sullivan is an All-Star third baseman on his Babe Ruth League team, the Orioles. He can hit and field with the best of them, but he's got one big problem: his temper. When he strikes out or makes an error, he's a walking Mt. Vesuvius, slamming batting helmets and throwing gloves. His teammates are starting to avoid him, even his best friend Jason. His coach is ready to kick him off the team.

To make matters worse, things aren't much better at home. His dad is having trouble finding a new job after being laid off. Money is tight. Connor's dream of attending the prestigious Brooks Robinson Baseball Camp this summer seems like just that now - a dream.

When the sports editor of the school paper threatens to do a big story on his tantrums - complete with embarassing photos - Connor realizes he has to clean up his act. But can he do it in time to regain his teammates' trust and help the Orioles win the championship against the best team in the league?

Grade Level: 3-5
Publisher: Hyperion

The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood

The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood  by Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk; Prairie Pasque Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk

Sneve (Lana's Lakota Moons) warm, nostalgic story recalls a holiday season on the reservation where her father was the Episcopal priest. Virginia has outgrown her tattered winter coat, but when a donation of used clothing arrives, the girl, guided by her mother's admonishment ("The others need it more than we do"), doesn't end up with the coat she longs for. Beier's detailed, pastel-dominated watercolor and gouache paintings affectingly convey Virginia's swirling emotions as she tries to reconcile her longing for the coat, her jealousy of the girl who gets it, and her obedience to her mother, which is eventually rewarded. ~ Publishers Weekly

Grade Level: 1-4
Publisher: Holiday House Inc.

For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson

For the Birds:  The Life of Roger Tory Peterson  by Thomas, Peggy; Prairie Pasque Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from

Thomas, Peggy

Roger Tory Peterson revolutionized the way we look at and appreciate birds, animals, and plants. Some kids called him "Professor Nuts Peterson" because of his dedication to his craft; yet he went on to create the immensely popular Peterson Guides, which have sold more than seven million copies, and which birders everywhere appreciate for their simple text and exquisite illustrations. Working closely with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York, author Peggy Thomas and artist Laura Jacques have created a fascinating portrait of a global environmentalist with this very first children's biography of Peterson, a winner of the John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award.

Grade Level: 3-5
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

Won Ton:  A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Wardlaw, Lee; Prairie Pasque Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from

Wardlaw, Lee

Nice place they got here.
Bed. Bowl. Blankie. Just like home!
Or so I've been told.

Visiting hours!
Yawn. I pretend not to care.
Yet — I sneak a peek.

So begins this beguiling tale of a wary shelter cat and the boy who takes him home. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, this adoption story, told entirely in haiku, is unforgettable.

Grade Level: K-4
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist

Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World’s Greatest Escape Artist  by Weaver, Janice; Prairie Pasque Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from

Weaver, Janice

This illustrated biography of Harry Houdini combines original artwork and archival artifacts—including photographs, playbills and posters, letters, and even some of Houdini's own stage props—to bring the story of the world's greatest escape artist to life.

Readers will learn all about Houdini's unique rags-to-riches story, from his birth in a Hungarian ghetto to his death from a ruptured appendix at age fifty-two. The book details his career as an escape artist and explains how he evolved into the "King of Handcuffs" on the vaudeville circuit and became an international star as his escape attempts reached ever more elaborate and dangerous heights. Filled with little-known facts, this is the perfect book for readers interested in magic and the history of Houdini.

The book includes a bibliography and index.

Grade Level: 3-5
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.

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Prairie Bud Award Nominees

Source: Information compiled for the nominee book lists comes from book details and overviews from publisher information as well as Barnes and Noble.
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The Prairie Bud & 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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