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Children's & Youth Services | South Dakota Children's Book Awards | Prairie Pasque Nominees 2012-2013

Prairie Pasque Nominees 2012-2013

WINNER!

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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper


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Finally

Finally by Wendy Mass; Prairie Pasque Nominee 2012-2013; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Mass, Wendy

Turning 12 isn't all it's cracked up to be!

Get a cell phone. Stay home alone. Go to the mall with best friend and No Parents. Wear makeup. Get contact lenses. Attend a boy-girl party. Rory Swenson has been waiting her whole life to turn twelve. And she's got a list to prove it. Whenever Rory asks her parents for something, they always say, "When you're twelve…" Well, in exactly, 18 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds it will finally happen. Rory's life will officially begin!

Grade Level: 4+
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Story

Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Story by S.D Nelson; Prairie Pasque Nominee 2012-2013; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Nelson, S. D.

Told from the Native American point of view, Black Elk's Vision provides a unique perspective on American history.

From recounting the visions Black Elk had as a young boy, to his involvement in the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee, as well as his journeys to New York City and Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, this biographical account of Black Elk—an Oglala-Lakota medicine man (1863-1950)—follows him from childhood through adulthood.

S. D. Nelson tells the story of Black Elk through the medicine man's voice, bringing to life what it was like to be Native American in the mid-to-late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The Native people found their land overrun by the Wha-shi-choos, or White Man, the buffalo slaughtered for sport and to purposely eliminate their main food source, and their people gathered onto reservations. Through it all, Black Elk clung to his childhood visions that planted the seeds to help his people—and all people—understand their place in the circle of life.

The book includes archival images, a timeline, a bibliography, an index, and Nelson's signature art.

Grade Level: 3+
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors by Joyce Sidman; Prairie Pasque Nominee 2012-2013; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Sidman, Joyce

Ubiquitous (yoo-bik-wi-tuhs): Something that is (or seems to be) everywhere at the same time.

Why is the beetle, born 265 million years ago, still with us today? (Because its wings mutated and hardened). How did the gecko survive 160 million years? (by becoming nocturnal and developing sticky toe pads.) How did the shark and the crow and the tiny ant survive millions and millions of years? When 99 percent of all life forms on earth have become extinct, why do some survive? And survive not just in one place, but in many places: in deserts, in ice, in lakes and puddles, inside houses and forest and farmland? Just how do they become ubiquitous?

Grade Level: 1+
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Dragonbreath

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon; Prairie Pasque Nominee 2012-2013; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Vernon, Ursula

It's not easy for Danny Dragonbreath to be the sole mythical creature in a school for reptiles and amphibians, especially because he can't breathe fire like other dragons (as the school bully loves to remind him). But having a unique family comes in handy sometimes, like when his sea-serpent cousin takes Danny and his best iguana friend on a mindboggling underwater tour, complete with vomiting sea cucumbers and giant squid. It sure beats reading the encyclopedia to research his ocean report…

Using a hybrid of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon introduces an irresistible set of characters with a penchant for getting themselves into sticky situations. It's perfect for both the classroom and the Wimpy Kid set.

Grade Level: 3+
Publisher: Penguin Group, Inc.

Countdown

Countdown by Deborah Wiles; Prairie Pasque Nominee 2012-2013; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Wiles, Deborah

It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Eleven-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the pervasive threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits in with her family, and look beyond outward appearances. For Franny, as for all Americans, it's going to be a formative year.

Grade Level: 4+
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

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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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