Ideas for Involving Students
Award Ideas For Students Who Read Five or More Books
- Make stickers using the South Dakota Children's Book Awards logos.
- Present certificates to students who qualify to vote.
- Throw a popcorn and video party. Feature a film based on a book for children.
- Host a donut party before school.
- Solicit prizes, gift certificates, movie passes, etc. from local businesses to award to readers.
- Give a special award or free book to the students who read every book from the list.
Ideas to Use With Any Book!
- Set up a listening area where students can listen to audiotapes of booktalks recorded by the readers themselves.
- Have booktalks available on index cards for those who prefer to read about the books rather than listen.
- Create posters and/or bulletin boards to attract attention to the books.
- Read to your students for five minutes of each day. Several novels can be read during a semester.
- Write letters to the authors. Challenge students to find information about the authors.
- Sponsor a contest for the best bookmark.
- Read an exciting passage from different books-just enough to spark interest.
- Assume the role of a character and do a booktalk from this perspective.
- Produce a Reader's Theater using one-or all- of the books. Write articles for the school newspaper about the awards and the books that have been nominated. The book reviews could appear in issues throughout the year. Contact your local newspaper to see if they are interested in a book review column.
- Sponsor a Celebrity Day. Invite community leaders to share in reading the nominated books.
- Give a booktalk over the intercom during daily announcements.
- Offer prizes to teachers whose classes have the greatest participation.
- Work the nominated books into the curriculum.
- Have a favorite librarian give booktalks.
- Put posters announcing the program up all over the school.
- Give each child a bookmark for keeping track of books read.
- Have the students enter their reviews in a database for classmates to read.
- Make a video of special readers reading selected books.
- Have a drawing. Each nominated book read offers a chance to win.
- Profile some of the readers and have them featured in the newspaper.
- Create word searches based on the books. (Visit Puzzlemaker on the web to get help creating such puzzles).
- Make and distribute buttons that say: “I'm a Prairie Pasque Reader” or “I'm a Prairie Bud Reader.”
The Prairie Bud & Pasque Children’s Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association. 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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