Young readers in Grant County helped select the winners for the 2021 South Dakota Children’s Book Awards. The books were nominated by a committee of educators and librarians, and the children read and voted for their favorites.
The Grant County Public Library offered readers the opportunity to vote at the library. Jacqueline Pew, the librarian at Milbank’s elementary school, spearheaded the reading and voting at the school. Voting took place from October 1 to April 1.
The three award categories included: The Prairie Bud Award determined by students in grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade; The Prairie Bloom Award determined by students in second and third grade; and The Prairie Pasque Award determined by students in fourth and fifth grade.
This year, the Grant County Public Library tallied local votes to see how they compared with those statewide. For The Prairie Bud Award, 134 Grant County children voted for Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri. Children in this age group across the state concurred. Grant County’s 118 readers selected The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell for The Prairie Bloom Award, but the majority of South Dakotans in that age group selected The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick by Dew Daywalt. For the Prairie Pasque Award, the readers in Grant County agreed with their peers. They selected Bob by Wendy Mass as the winner.
The Grant County Library also recognized the top readers in each age group: The Prairie Bud winners were Shayla and Colsen Folk; The Prairie Bloom winner was Leroy Thaden; and The Prairie Pasque winner was Addison Schwagel. They all received Ol’ Mill Bucks