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Children's & Youth Services | South Dakota Children's Book Awards | Prairie Pasque Nominees 2011-2012

Prairie Pasque Nominees 2011-2012

WINNER!

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Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson


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Tofu Quilt

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Russell, Ching

Growing up in 1960s Hong Kong, a young girl dreams of becoming a writer in spite of conventional limits placed on her by society and family. In this autobiography, Chinese author Ching Yeung Russell relates several stories from her childhood in 1950s Hong Kong through narrative poems. Her family is poor, but her strong-willed mother insists on a quality education for her daughter, despite some family members' insistence that such education is wasted on a girl — an education that, in the end, paid off for the young girl yearning to be a writer.

Grade Level: 5+
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.

Camille McPhee Fell under the Bus

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Tracy, Kristen

Imagine being Camille McPhee. She has low blood sugar, so she carries extra food in a cooler. Would you want to do that? Didn't think so. And you wouldn't want to fall under the school bus. That happened to Camille too! Her cat, Checkers, is lost. And her best friend, Sally, moved to Japan. It would be hard to stay optimistic, right? But Camille is what her mom calls HOPEFUL. Because really? There are plenty of things to be positive about: gifted reading, a nonsqueaky mattress, eating banned foods, the big blue butterfly — even making a new friend.

Grade Level: 3-5
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom

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Wight, Eric

Meet Frankie Pickle… the kid with the world's most amazing imagination! It takes him on adventures. It helps him save the day. And sometimes it gets him into trouble. When Frankie's mom says he never has to clean his room again, he goes hog wild. The more he plays, the bigger the mess grows, until it tumbles out of control! Now Frankie must clean up his act, but will his imagination be enough to conquer the CLOSET OF DOOM?

Grade Level: 3-5
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?

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Winter, Jonah

In this picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax so amazing. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game. We hear that he actually quit, only to return the next season - different - firing one rocket after another over the plate. We watch him refuse to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day. And we see him in pain because of an overused left arm, eventually retiring at the peak of his career. Finally, we are told that people are still "scratchin' their heads over Sandy," who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day.

Grade Level: 3-4
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Peace, Locomotion

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Woodson, Jacqueline

Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he's living apart from his little sister, Lili, he decides it's his job to be the "rememberer" - and write down everything that happens while they're growing up. Lonnie's musings are bittersweet; he's happy that he and Lili have new families, but though his new family brings him joy, it also brings new worries. With a foster brother in the army, concepts like Peace have new meaning for Lonnie. Told through letters from Lonnie to Lili, this companion to Woodson's National Book Award finalist Locomotion tackles important issues.

Grade Level: 4-5
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

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Prairie Bud Award Nominees


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The Prairie Bud & Pasque Children’s Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association link to s d library association dot org. Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota kindergarten, first and second grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota third, 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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