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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 pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade students. Prairie Bloom winners are determined by South Dakota second and third grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota 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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Prairie Bud Award Winners

Prairie Bloom Award Winners

Prairie Pasque Award Winners


Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson and Gennady Spirin (Illustrator)

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson and David Shannon (Illustrator)


Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson (Illustrator)

Dog vs. Cat by Chris Gall

The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren and Fabio Santomauro (Illustrator)

Until 2016, the Prairie Bud winners were determined by South Dakota kindergarten through second grade students and Prairie Pasque winners were determined by South Dakota third through fifth grade students.


Prairie Bud Award Winners

Prairie Pasque Award Winners


Outfoxed by Mike Twohy

Duke by Kirby Larson


A is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan and Matthew Myers (Illustrator)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Press Here by Herve Tellet

Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist by Janice Weaver and Chris Lane (Illustrator)


Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper


Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)


Mail Harry to the Moon by Robie Harris and Michael Emberley (Illustrator)

Bodies from the Ice by James Deem


Fabulous Bouncing Chowder by Peter Brown

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor


Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)


I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow (Illustrator)

Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret


Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner (Illustrator)

Abduction! by Peg Kehret


Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss (Illustrator)

Spy Cat by Peg Kehret


Penny Lee and Her TV by Glenn McCoy

Double Fudge by Judy Blume


Wait! No Paint! by Bruce Whatley

Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac


Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie and Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo


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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis


Look-Alikes by Joan Steiner

Holes by Louis Sachar


Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms and David Catrow (Illustrator)

The Adventures of Captain Underpants: an Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey


My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman

Frindle by Andrew Clements and Brian Selznick (Illustrator)


Toll-Bridge Troll by Patricia Rae Wolff and Kimberly Bulcken Root (Illustrator)

Titanic Crossing by Barbara Williams

The Prairie Bud Award was created by the Prairie Valley Reading Council and started in 1998. The Prairie Pasque Award was first given in 1987. The listings below reflect just the Prairie Pasque award winners prior to 1997.


Prairie Pasque Award Winners


The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson


Someone Was Watching by David Patneaude


Devil's Bridge by Cynthia De Felice


Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


Hugh Glass, Mountain Man by Robert M. McClung


The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn


All About Sam by Lois Lowry


This Island Isn't Big Enough for the Four of Us! by Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick


Royal Pain by Ellen Conford


Switcharound by Lois Lowry


Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman

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