Sample Press Release
Here's a sample press release you can use or modify to help promote your school's participation in the South Dakota Children's Book Awards.
For Immediate Release
Students to Pick Book Award Winners
Students at [Name of School] will help decide the winners of two South Dakota Children's Book Awards. Children in grades K-2 will read and vote for books nominated to win the Prairie Bud Award. While third, fourth, and fifth graders will read books vying for the Prairie Pasque Award. Fifteen books are nominated for each of these children's choice awards and students who read at least five qualify to vote for their favorite. Students who read at least five books qualify to vote for their favorite. The South Dakota State Library will tally votes from participating schools and each award will be given to the book receiving the most votes from students throughout the state.
A panel of educators and librarians selected the candidates for each award. Nominated books were 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. Winners include The Toll-Bridge Troll by Patricia Wolff, Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms, and Look-Alikes by Joan Steiner.
Books nominated for both the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Awards are available at our school and public libraries.
For more information, please contact [your name, phone number].
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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