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Children's & Youth Services | South Dakota Children's Book Awards | Winner's Bookshelf

Winner's Bookshelf

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The Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom & Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association . Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade students. Prairie Bloom winners are determined by South Dakota second and third grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota 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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Year

Prairie Bud Award Winners

Prairie Bloom Award Winners

Prairie Pasque Award Winners

2017-18

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson and Gennady Spirin (Illustrator)

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson and David Shannon (Illustrator)

2016-17

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson (Illustrator)

Dog vs. Cat by Chris Gall

The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren and Fabio Santomauro (Illustrator)


Until 2016, the Prairie Bud winners were determined by South Dakota kindergarten through second grade students and Prairie Pasque winners were determined by South Dakota third through fifth grade students.

Year

Prairie Bud Award Winners

Prairie Pasque Award Winners

2015-16

Outfoxed by Mike Twohy

Duke by Kirby Larson

2014-15

A is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan and Matthew Myers (Illustrator)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

2013-14

Press Here by Herve Tellet

Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist by Janice Weaver and Chris Lane (Illustrator)

2012-2013

Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

2011-2012

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

2010-2011

Mail Harry to the Moon by Robie Harris and Michael Emberley (Illustrator)

Bodies from the Ice by James Deem

2009-2010

Fabulous Bouncing Chowder by Peter Brown

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor

2008-2009

Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

2007-2008

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow (Illustrator)

Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret

2006-2007

Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner (Illustrator)

Abduction! by Peg Kehret

2005-2006

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss (Illustrator)

Spy Cat by Peg Kehret

2004-2005

Penny Lee and Her TV by Glenn McCoy

Double Fudge by Judy Blume

2003-2004

Wait! No Paint! by Bruce Whatley

Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac

2002-2003

Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie and Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

2001-2002

no award winner

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

2000-2001

Look-Alikes by Joan Steiner

Holes by Louis Sachar

1999-2000

Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms and David Catrow (Illustrator)

The Adventures of Captain Underpants: an Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey

1998-1999

My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman

Frindle by Andrew Clements and Brian Selznick (Illustrator)

1997-1998

Toll-Bridge Troll by Patricia Rae Wolff and Kimberly Bulcken Root (Illustrator)

Titanic Crossing by Barbara Williams


The Prairie Bud Award was created by the Prairie Valley Reading Council and started in 1998. The Prairie Pasque Award was first given in 1987. The listings below reflect just the Prairie Pasque award winners prior to 1997.

Year

Prairie Pasque Award Winners

1996-1997

The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson

1995-1996

Someone Was Watching by David Patneaude

1994-1995

Devil's Bridge by Cynthia De Felice

1993-1994

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

1992-1993

Hugh Glass, Mountain Man by Robert M. McClung

1991-1992

The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn

1990-1991

All About Sam by Lois Lowry

1989-1990

This Island Isn't Big Enough for the Four of Us! by Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick

1988-1989

Royal Pain by Ellen Conford

1987-1988

Switcharound by Lois Lowry

1986-1987

Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman



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