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South Dakota Children's Book Awards
Voting begins October 1 and ends April 1. Winners will be announced in April. Visit the South Dakota State Library website for more information or to cast your vote.
Each year, preschool through first grade students are encouraged to read and vote for their favorite book to receive the South Dakota "Prairie Bud" award.
Each year, second and third grade students can vote on their favorite book to determine which title wins the South Dakota "Prairie Bloom" award.
Each year, fourth and fifth grade students cast their vote to determine which title wins the South Dakota "Prairie Pasque" award.
Caldecott Medal Winners
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Browse current and past Caldecott winners.
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Browse current and past Newbery winners.
Recommended Reading Websites
Book Adventure - A reading program where kids can find books, participate in contests, and win prizes for reading.
BookFlix - A website that pairs classic children's fiction with nonfiction titles; provided by the South Dakota State Library. (When the login page loads, choose Siouxland Libraries and enter your library card # and PIN.)
BookHive – A guide to children’s books, with reviews, fun activities, and a chance to create your own story.
Guys Read - Books geared toward boys.
Highland Park Library's Kids Great Reads - Genre-based listings of books organized by grade level.
Juvenile Series & Sequels - Need to know the next book in your favorite series? Check this great website.
KidsReads - Book reviews, contests, the latest new books.
Lexile - Find a good book at your reading level.
A Mighty Girl - Empowering and inspirational books, toys and media for girls
Reading Planet - RIF.org website.
Starfall – Kids will have fun learning to read, using a systematic phonics approach.
Storyline Online – Members of the Screen Actors Guild read picture books aloud.
StoryPlace - The children's digital library from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.