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.

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.

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.

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Children's Book Awards Winner's Bookshelf


BOOK AUTHOR SDTTG* YEAR/WINNER

2020-2021

Tiger Vs. Nightmare Emily Tetri 2020-2021 Prairie Bud (JK-1st) WINNER
The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick Drew Daywalt | 2019-2020 Prairie Bloom (2nd-3rd) WINNER
Bob Wendy Mass | 2019-2020 Prairie Pasque (4th-5th) WINNER

2019-2020

I Am a Cat Galia Bernstein 2019-2020 Prairie Bud (JK-1st) WINNER
7 Ate 9: The Untold Story Tara Lazar 2019-2020 Prairie Bloom (2nd-3rd) WINNER
Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat's Foster Mom Suzi Eszterhas   2019-2020 Prairie Pasque (4th-5th) WINNER

2018-2019

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog Lisa Papp | 2018-2019 Prairie Bud Winner
Best Frints in the Whole Universe Antoinette Portis 2018-2019 Prairie Bloom Winner
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness Donna Janell Bowman 2018-2019 Prairie Pasque Winner

2017-2018

Stick and Stone Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator) 2017-2018 Prairie Bud Winner
The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea Brenda Z. Guiberson and Gennady Spirin (Illustrator)   2017-2018 Prairie Bloom Winner
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker Robbie Robertson and David Shannon (Illustrator) | 2017-2018 Prairie Pasque Winner

2016-2017

The Prairie Bloom award was introduced for the 2016-2017 season.

Gaston Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson (Illustrator)   2016-2017 Prairie Bud Winner
Dog vs. Cat Chris Gall   2016-2017 Prairie Bloom Winner
The Whispering Town Jennifer Elvgren and Fabio Santomauro (Illustrator) | | 2016-2017 Prairie Pasque Winner

2015-2016

Outfoxed Mike Twohy 2015-2016 Prairie Bud Winner
Duke Kirby Larson | 2015-2016 Prairie Pasque Winner

2014-2015

A is for Musk Ox Erin Cabatingan and Matthew Myers (Illustrator)   2014-2015 Prairie Bud Winner
Wonder R.J. Palacio 2014-2015 Prairie Pasque Winner

2013-2014

Press Here Herve Tellet   2013-2014 Prairie Bud Winner
Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist Janice Weaver and Chris Lane (Illustrator)   2013-2014 Prairie Pasque Winner

2012-2013

Even Monsters Need Haircuts Matthew McElligott   2012-2013 Prairie Bud Winner
Out of My Mind Sharon M. Draper   2012-2013 Prairie Pasque Winner

2011-2012

Rhyming Dust Bunnies Jan Thomas   2011-2012 Prairie Bud Winner
Bad News for Outlaws Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)   2011-2012 Prairie Pasque Winner

2010-2011

Mail Harry to the Moon Robie Harris and Michael Emberley (Illustrator)   2010-2011 Prairie Bud Winner
Bodies from the Ice James Deem   2010-2011 Prairie Pasque Winner

2009-2010

Fabulous Bouncing Chowder Peter Brown   2009-2010 Prairie Bud Winner
How to Steal a Dog Barbara O'Connor   2009-2010 Prairie Pasque Winner

2008-2009

Chickens to the Rescue John Himmelman   2008-2009 Prairie Bud Winner
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator) | 2008-2009 Prairie Pasque Winner

2007-2008

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! Karen Beaumont and David Catrow (Illustrator)   2007-2008 Prairie Bud Winner
Ghost's Grave Peg Kehret   2007-2008 Prairie Pasque Winner

2006-2007

Superdog: The Heart of a Hero Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner (Illustrator)   2006-2007 Prairie Bud Winner
Abduction! Peg Kehret | 2006-2007 Prairie Pasque Winner

2005-2006

Diary of a Worm Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss (Illustrator)   2005-2006 Prairie Bud Winner
Spy Cat Peg Kehret 2005-2006 Prairie Pasque Winner

2004-2005

Penny Lee and Her TV Glenn McCoy   2004-2005 Prairie Bud Winner
Double Fudge Judy Blume 2004-2005 Prairie Pasque Winner

2003-2004

Wait! No Paint! Bruce Whatley   2003-2004 Prairie Bud Winner
Skeleton Man Joseph Bruchac | 2003-2004 Prairie Pasque Winner

2002-2003

Baby Beebee Bird Diane Redfield Massie and Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)   2002-2003 Prairie Bud Winner
Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo | 2002-2003 Prairie Pasque Winner

2001-2002

- no Prairie Bud winner -      
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis | 2001-2002 Prairie Pasque Winner

2000-2001

Look-Alikes Joan Steiner   2000-2001 Prairie Bud Winner
Holes Louis Sachar | 2000-2001 Prairie Pasque Winner

1999-2000

Rotten Teeth Laura Simms and David Catrow (Illustrator)   1999-2000 Prairie Bud Winner
The Adventures of Captain Underpants: an Epic Novel Dav Pilkey 1999-2000 Prairie Pasque Winner

1998-1999

My Little Sister Ate One Hare Bill Grossman   1998-1999 Prairie Bud Winner
Frindle Andrew Clements and Brian Selznick (Illustrator) | 1998-1999 Prairie Pasque Winner

1997-1998

Toll-Bridge Troll Patricia Rae Wolff and Kimberly Bulcken Root (Illustrator)   1997-1998 Prairie Bud Winner
Titanic Crossing Barbara Williams 1997-1998 Prairie Pasque Winner

1996-1997

The Best School Year Ever Barbara Robinson | 1996-1997 Prairie Pasque Winner

1995-1996

Someone Was Watching David Patneaude | 1995-1996 Prairie Pasque Winner

1994-1995

Devil's Bridge Cynthia DeFelice   1994-1995 Prairie Pasque Winner

1993-1994

Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor | 1993-1994 Prairie Pasque Winner

1992-1993

Hugh Glass, Mountain Man Robert M. McClung   1992-1993 Prairie Pasque Winner

1991-1992

The Doll in the Garden Mary Downing Hahn | 1991-1992 Prairie Pasque Winner

1990-1991

All About Sam Lois Lowry 1990-1991 Prairie Pasque Winner

1989-1990

This Island Isn't Big Enough for the Four of Us! Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick   1989-1990 Prairie Pasque Winner

1988-1989

Royal Pain Ellen Conford   1988-1989 Prairie Pasque Winner

1987-1988

Switcharound Lois Lowry 1987-1988 Prairie Pasque Winner

1986-1987

Night of the Twisters Ivy Ruckman 1986-1987 Prairie Pasque Winner

*SDTTG: South Dakota Titles to Go is South Dakota's audiobook and ebook library provided through Overdrive.


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