The Weekly Update

from SD State Library School Library Services

March 7, 2022

South Dakota Children's Book Awards



The Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom, and Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association. Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota PreK, kindergarten, and first grade students. Prairie Bloom winner 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 give a star rating for any book they read from the master lists of titles. The books receiving the most highest number of stars from the students win the awards. A committee of educators and librarians select the books nominated for the awards.

Voting is as simple as reading a book on the list, clicking the Vote Here button below, and rating the book!

You can also access the voting form here:

Share this link with your students to be able to vote, as well!

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Book Talks!

The SD Children's Book Awards committee members book talk the 2021-2022 nominees. Watch the full videos below!
2021-22 Prairie Bud Book Trailers
2021-22 Prairie Bloom Book Trailers
2021-2022 Prairie Pasque Book Trailers!
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SD Children's Book Awards Nomination Guidelines

Purpose: To encourage children to become enthusiastic, discriminating readers.

Contest Books: Contest books must meet these requirements:

  • Contest will be compiled of book titles, not selected authors.
  • Fiction and non-fiction titles may be included.
  • Books must have been published 2-3 years prior to the voting year.
  • Book titles must reflect children's reading choices.
  • T.V. or movie tie-ins will not be allowed.
  • Books must meet regular library selection standards.
  • Books must be chosen because of suitability and overall interest to children.
  • Books must be in print.
  • Books must be written by living authors.
  • Illustrations must be artistic and suitable.
  • Books may be recommended by teachers and librarians.
  • Books will be appropriate for children in:
    • Grades PreK - 1st for Prairie Bud
    • Grades 2nd - 3rd for Prairie Bloom
    • Grades 4th - 5th for Prairie Pasque

The Book Award Committee will read the books suggested by South Dakota teachers and librarians and formulate a master list of titles to be used for the book award.

For questions, contact the SD Library Association book awards committee.

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*On this page, you'll also find printable "Winner" book labels!

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1 List of "Almost Made It" Books

If you are looking for more excellent books to add to your collection, check out the list of books that almost made it on as Prairie nominees!
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2 Resources for Librarians/Teachers >> Resources for Librarian/Teachers

3+ Prairie Award Downloads

For a wide variety of downloadable content - from bookmarks to labels to reader certificates and more - visit the Prairie Award page on the SD State Library website, scroll down, and click on "Downloads".

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