SDSL's Cornerstone Newsletter

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May 5, 2022

South Dakota Book Award Winners

The votes for the SD Book Awards have been tallied and the winners have been announced! Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite children and teen books. The South Dakota 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 winners are determined by South Dakota second and third grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota fourth and fifth grade students. The Teen Choice Book Awards are determined by South Dakota middle school and high school 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 highest number of stars win the awards. A committee of educators and librarians select the books nominated for the awards.

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2021-2022 Prairie Bud Award Winners

1st Place: I am a Tiger by Karl Newsom and Ross Collins

2nd Place: Please Don’t Eat Me by Liz Climo

3rd Place: There are No Bears in this Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach


2021-2022 Prairie Bloom Award Winners

1st Place: Rumple Buttercup by Matthew Gray Gubler

2nd Place: Why? by Adam Rex and Claire Keane

3rd Place: Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison


2021-2022 Prairie Pasque Award Winners

1st Place: A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

2nd Place: Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Tie for 3rd Place: The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles and The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs by Gail Jarrow

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2021-2022 Teen Choice Award Winners

Middle School Winner: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Middle School Honor Book: When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

High School Winner: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

High School Honor Book: Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

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