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Children's & Youth Services | South Dakota Children's Book Awards | Prairie Bud Nominees 2013-14

Prairie Bud Nominees 2013-14

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Blackout

Blackout  by Rocco, John; Prairie Bud Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Rocco, John

One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, "Mommm!" His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can't work on her computer, and Dad can't finish cooking dinner. What's a family to do? When they go up to the roof to escape the heat, they find the lights—in stars that can be seen for a change—and so many neighbors it's like a block party in the sky! On the street below, people are having just as much fun—talking, rollerblading, and eating ice cream before it melts. The boy and his family enjoy being not so busy for once. They even have time to play a board game together. When the electricity is restored, everything can go back to normal… but not everyone likes normal. The boy switches off the lights, and out comes the board game again. Using a combination of panels and full bleed illustrations that move from color to black-and-white and back to color, John Rocco shows that if we are willing to put our cares aside for a while, there is party potential in a summer blackout.

Grade Level: PK-2
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

Rah Rah Radishes

Rah Rah Radishes by Sayre, April Pulley; Prairie Bud Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Sayre, April Pulley

Rah, rah, radishes, red and white!
Carrots are calling. Take a bite!
Oh boy, bok choy, Brussels sprout.
Broccoli! Cauliflower! Shout it out!

Know any kids who don't like veggies? Here is a book that's sure to change their hungry minds! With a raucous rhyming text, Rah, Rah Radishes celebrates fresh vegetables, nature's bright colors, and the joy of healthy eating. The book's interactive spirit encourages kids to join in on the read-aloud fun, and little ones won't be able to resist the book's vibrant photographs—they're a feast for the eyes!

Grade Level: PK-2
Publisher: Beach Lane Books

Tales for Very Picky Eaters

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Schneider, Josh; Prairie Bud Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Schneider, Josh

In acclaimed author Josh Schneider's Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning book Tales for Very Picky Eaters, James' dad has to get creative to convince him to eat healthy foods. Given broccoli, James wants to know what else he can have. So his father offers tasty alternatives such as gum prechewed by children with very clean teeth and dirt walked on by cooks wearing the finest French boots. His father even has helpful suggestions for alternatives to eggs, lasagna, milk, and oatmeal—and soon, James realizes that healthy foods aren't so bad, after all.

Grade Level: K-4
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Swirl by Swirl

Swirl by Swirl  by Sidman, Joyce; Prairie Bud Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Sidman, Joyce

A Caldecott medalist and a Newbery Honor-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals. What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear? With simplicity and grace, Krommes and Sidman not only reveal the many spirals in nature—from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies—but also celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.

Grade Level: PK-3
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Earth to Clunk

Earth to Clunk by Smallcomb, Pam; Prairie Bud Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Smallcomb, Pam

What do you send your alien pen pal Clunk to make it clear you do not want an alien pen pal? You send him your big sister. That'll teach Clunk to have a pen pal from Earth—or so our intrepid narrator thinks. But then Clunk sends him a Zoid, an exasperating Zoid that follows him everywhere. After swapping dirty socks, three Forps, some old lasagna, a weird glob, and a string of Christmas lights, our hero seems to be having… could it be… fun? But then: Clunk stops sending stuff. Oh no! Earth to Clunk… ? Is he too busy being bossed around by our hero's big sister? Will he ever send another package again? Maybe—or maybe not. More hilarious surprises await!

Deadpan comedy, vibrant artwork (a bit Calvin & Hobbes, a bit Eloise), a warm friendship theme, and an extraordinary surprise ending will have kids laughing all the way back to the first page of this sweet-in-spite-of-itself story.

Grade Level: K-3
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Love, Mouserella

Love, Mouserella by Stein, David Ezra; Prairie Bud Nominee 2013-14; Book Cover used with permission from BN.com

Stein, David Ezra

Mouserella misses her grandmouse, so she writes her a letter. At first she can't think of anything to say, but once she starts, the news begins to flow— she found a cat whisker at the zoo, she taught her ladybug to fetch, she made shadow puppets with Dadmouse during a blackout— and just like that, the events of the past few days come to vivid life in her letter, as does her love for Grandmouse.

Children will enjoy reading the story from top to bottom, like a real letter, and Mouserella's funny drawings and lively adventures will spark their imaginations and just might inspire them to start a correspondence of their own.

Grade Level: PK-2
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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Prairie Pasque Award Nominees


Source: Information compiled for the nominee book lists comes from book details and overviews from publisher information as well as Barnes and Noble.
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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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