Sample Letter to Parents
Below you will find a sample letter outlining and explaining to parents what the South Dakota Children's Book Awards are. You are free to reproduce this letter and distribute it to parents. This letter is available in the following downloadable formats: Adobe Acrobat PDF .
The South Dakota Children's Book Awards encourage students in grades K-5 to read and vote for their favorite book of the year. Two children's choice awards are offered for different grade levels. The Prairie Bud Award is designed for students in grades K-2, while the Prairie Pasque Award is for third, fourth, and fifth graders. Both awards challenge students to read and vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles. Children who read at least five titles from the list for their grade level qualify to vote. Voting starts January 1st and ends March 31. Each award is given to the book receiving the most votes from students throughout South Dakota.
A panel of educators and librarians selects the candidates for each award. Nominated books are chosen for their quality and potential popularity with children. The Prairie Pasque Award was first given in 1987 to Ivy Ruckman for her book, Night of the Twisters. Other winners include Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for Shiloh, David Pateneaude for Someone Was Watching, and Louis Sachar for Holes. The Prairie Bud Award was created by the Prairie Valley Reading Council and has been given annually since 1998. The Prairie Bud Award was first given to Patricia Rae Wolff for her book, Toll-Bridge Troll. Other winners include Bill Grossman for My Little Sister Ate One Hare and Joan Steiner for Look-Alikes.
A list of nominated titles for each award is attached. The books are available at our school library and at area public libraries. Please encourage your child to help select the best children's book of the year in South Dakota by reading Prairie Pasque or Prairie Bud Award books.
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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