South Dakota State Reading Lists

2017 South Dakota Prairie Bud Book Award Winner

(Part of Gaston and Friends)
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 3, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly...

2016 - 2017 South Dakota Prairie Bud Book Award Nominee

Some Bugs
Illustrated by: Brendan Wenzel
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Get the buzz on bugs in this picture book from Angela DiTerlizzi!Grab your magnifying glass!Find your field guide!And come hop, hide, swim, and...

Flight School
(Part of Flight School)
Illustrated by: Lita Judge
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A persevering penguin is determined to fly in this adorably inspiring picture book from the creator of Red Hat and Red Sled.Although little Penguin has...

Fly Away
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 7 - 99

From the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall comes a story about one brave girl who saves her family from losing everything.Everyone...

Sky Raiders
(Part of Five Kingdoms)
This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: March 11, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

Adventure awaits in the Five Kingdoms—come and claim it in this start to a new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven...

2015 - 2016 South Dakota Prairie Bud Book Award Nominee

Illustrated by: Mike Twohy
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 24, 2013
Ages: 4 - 8

Quack, quack—woof? A quick-thinking duck keeps a fox on his toes in this witty romp from a New Yorker cartoonist.One dark night in the henhouse, a...

Take Me Out to the Yakyu
Illustrated by: Aaron Meshon
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 19, 2013
Ages: 4 - 8

Join one little boy and his family for two ballgames—on opposite sides of the world!You may know that baseball is the Great American Pastime, but did...

The Daring Life of Betty Skelton
Illustrated by: Meghan McCarthy
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 4, 2013
Ages: 4 - 8

A riveting picture book biography of Betty Skelton, aviation and auto racing pioneer, from award-winning author/illustrator Megan McCarthy.In the 1930s...

2018 South Dakota Children's Book Award Nominee

(Part of Track)
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Ghost...

2017 - 2018 South Dakota Teen Choice Award Winner

All American Boys
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. In this Coretta Scott...