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Children's & Youth Services | South Dakota Children's Book Awards

South Dakota Children's Book Awards

Prairie Bud Prairie Pasque AwardsThe Prairie Bud & Pasque Children’s Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association link to s d library association dot org.


2014-15 Prairie Bud/ Pasque Nominees:

  • book cover of a is for musk ox
  • book cover of heroes of the surf
  • book cover of question boy and little miss know it all
  • book cover of the cloud spinner
  • book cover of victricia malicia
  • book cover of nelly may has her say
  • book cover of being frank
  • book cover of barnums bones
  • book cover of curious critters
  • book cover of ralph tells a story
  • book cover of oh no george
  • book cover of lemonade in winter
  • book cover of my happy life
  • book cover of a home bird
  • book cover of the quiet place
  • book cover of Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington
  • book cover of Go for the Goal!
  • book cover of Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
  • book cover of The Second Life of Abigail Walker
  • book cover of The Matchbox Diary
  • book cover of Adventures of Beanboy
  • book cover of Tua and the Elephant
  • book cover of Cowboys: Voices in the Western Wind
  • book cover of Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead
  • book cover of The President's Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents
  • book cover of Island of Thieves
  • book cover of Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic
  • book cover of Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story
  • book cover of The Spindlers
  • book cover of Wonder
  • book cover of Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond

2014-15 Downloads & links:


About Prairie Bud/ Prairie Pasque Book Awards

The annual South Dakota Children's Book Awards nominations provide a list of books that is fitting for both instructional and recreational reading. Connections can be made between the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy across all content areas as well as reading for enjoyment.

Permissions: Book jacket covers displayed through an affiliate contract with Barnes & Noble.

Text Complexity: To help teachers and librarians select Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque books for classroom use, several measures of text complexity have been provided including a CCSS grade band specification, Lexiles used in Scholastic Reading Counts!, ATOS used in Accelerated Reader, and other suggested age/grade level information. CCSS grade band specifications are not available for Kindergarten through first grade and subsequently noted as "Not Applicable." If a CCSS grade band specification or readability measure does not exist, it is noted as "Not Applicable."

More information:

For Educators For Parents
Text Complexity Text Complexity in pdf format Text Complexity in pdf format
Instructional and Recreational Reading Instructional and Recreational Reading in pdf format Instructional and Recreational Reading in pdf format

Overview and Detail Sources: Information compiled for each nominee comes from book details and overviews from publisher information as well as Find-a-Book South Dakota, AR Bookfinder, School Library Journal, and Barnes & Noble.

South Dakota Library Association: The Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association. Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota kindergarten through second grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota third through fifth grade students. Students are encouraged to read at least five books for the list of nominees and vote for their favorite book from those 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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