Flicker Tale AwardJuvenile Books

Given by North Dakota Library Association

Other Names: Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, North Dakota Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
139 Works / 144 Items 0 Books
The Flicker Tale Children's Book Award Compiled by Paulette Nelson Children's Division Minot Public Library The first children's book award given by the North Dakota Library Association was in 1978 show more under the name Children's Choice Award. This award was presented each year at the annual conference through 1985. The award was not given in 1986. In September, 1986 the name was changed to the current name: Flicker Tale Children's Book Award. Originally the award was the winner of a popular vote in which the top ten recipients of votes by children for their favorite book were submitted for a second vote by children across the state and their #1 favorite book was thus determined. There was no set time for the voting process to begin. All children pre-school through eighth grade were eligible to vote at his school or public library. Children had until February 15 to vote for the book they considered to be their favorite. About March 1, each library would receive a list of books that children considered to be their favorites. Children were again asked to vote on this new list of titles. The second voting reults were due by April 15 and the winner was announced by May 1. In 1980 members decided to create a picture book category to get more pre-school and early elementary school children involved in the award. In 1983 members discussed the feasibility of continuing the award. Some of the members of the association felt that the award should be changed or discontinued because "quality literature" was not being chosen and this reflected upon the librarians. Others felt that the titles should be chosen by librarians and then voted on by the children. This was not changed, however, until 1986. At that time members of the NDLA Children's Roundtable started nominating ten titles they know to be popular in their library. A ballot of the top ten nominated titles in each category was prepared and the children voted on these titles. The titles were displayed and promoted for several months so that children had the opportunity to read them and vote for their favorite book. Titles can be nominated more than once for an award, but the policy has been that once a title has won, it cannot be nominated again. Since the purpose of the award is to recognize literature that children like to read, the promotion of the titles and the vote by children is an integral part of the process. The librarians have, however, wanted this award to also recognize popular "new" works so the criteria for nomination changed from an unlimited copyright field to the current requirement that a nominated title must have been published in the last five years and it must be popular within the library nominating it; thus the change from the children making the nominations to the librarians making the nominations. This has allowed newer authors and newer works by established authors to compete with some of the tremendously popular older works. At first only members of the Children's Roundtable could submit nominations. Nominations were solicited in August or early September and the ballot was distributed at the NDLA conference in late September. The books were promoted in libraries across the state and voted on until March 15. The results were available to librarians by National Library Week. The libraries and winning authors were notified. The award was not presented, however, until the NDLA awards banquet in September. Authors were invited to attend the conference to receive their awards. Since 1897 a good number of the authors have been able to attend the Awards Ceremony. In all instances, airfare to the conference has been paid by their publishers. They usually do not charge an honorarium but NDLA has been responsible for the food and lodging. In the fall of 1991, the Children's Roundtable received a $15,000 grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council so that the Flicker Tale Nominees could be distributed to school and public libraries throughout the state. At this time the list of nominees was reduced to 5 titles per category. The first year the grant was in place, books were offered to librarians across the state for a mere $45 for a set of ten books. One hundred fifty sets were ordered and sold. (The grant subsidized the remaining cost of the books.) In addition, three children's authors were invited to tour the state the first year. Bill Martin Jr. visited the Minot area, Laurie Lawlor visited the Grand Forks region, and Avi visited the Bismarck/Hettinger area. Each library that participates in the program is asked to: 1. submit the voting results to the Flicker Tale Chair, 2. file an in-kind report, and 3. nominate books for the following year when returning the ballots in the spring. By doing this the Flicker Tale list is available when school starts the next fall. The North Dakota Humanities Council has supported the project since 1991. The grant has been reduced in amount. The Library Association now orders 200 sets of books which are sold for $75 per set. Order blanks are sent out to all public libraries in the state, all school libraries, and all superintendents of schools. Also ordered are special nominee and winner stickers which are affixed to the book so that everyone is aware that this is a "special" book. Books are sent to one library and a committee of volunteer librarians packages the books, ballots, stickers, and book talks. The book talks are written by volunteers and they are copied and distributed with the books so that librarians and teachers can promote the books. The grant also makes it possible for children's author's to visit the state. The Flicker Tale Committee has tried to reach all areas of the state. Children's book authors who have visited North Dakota through the Flicker Tale Grant include: Bill Martin Jr., Laurie Lawlor, Avi, Tedd Arnold (twice), Janet Stevens (twice), Rafe Martin, Mary Jane Auch, and Hadley Irwin. Author visits are usually scheduled in small rural areas where children often do not have the opportunity to interact and visit with real live authors. Through the years the program has grown. Over 15,000 children participate annually in the program. Because of the grant small, rural libraries and schools can now participate in the program because the books are easily attained and affordable. show less
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Winner 29

Nominee 144

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman2018
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas2018
Makoons by Louise Erdrich2018
Ghost by Jason Reynolds2018
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier2017
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill2017
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones2017
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall III2017
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana2016
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm2016
Greenglass House by Kate Milford2016
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff2016
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein2015
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby2015
The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley2015
Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey2015
Wonder by R. J. Palacio2014
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz2014
Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack2014
The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver2014
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper2013
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy2013
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly2013
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy2013
The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander2012
Hide and Seek by Katy Grant2012
Rise of the Ninja by Simon Higgins2012
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park2012
Schooled by Gordon Korman2011
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo2011
Igraine The Brave by Cornelia Funke2011
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen2011
Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Sheila Solomon Klass2010
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach2010
The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman2010
Six Innings by James Preller2010
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick2009
No Talking by Andrew Clements2009
Gabriel's Horses by Alison Hart2009
Travel Team by Mike Lupica2009
Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan2008
Flush by Carl Hiaasen2008
On The Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck2008
The Haunting of Swain's Fancy by Brenda Seabrooke2008
Dog Sense by Sneed B. Collard III2007
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins2007
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix2007
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin2007
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke2006
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau2006
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer2006
Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan2006
Zach's Lie by Roland Smith2005
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen2005
Blizzard's Wake by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor2005
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck2005
Shipwreck by Gordon Korman2004
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill2004
Dear Mrs. Ryan, You're Ruining My Life by Jennifer B. Jones2004
Silent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg2004
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan2004
Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac2003
Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff2003
Pee Wee's tale by Johanna Hurwitz2003
The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park2003
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket2003
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen2002
I Was a Third Grade Spy by Mary Jane Auch2002
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo2002
I'm Sorry, Almira Ann by Jane Kurtz2002
The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith2002
Holes by Louis Sachar2000
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos2000
The Willows and Beyond by William Horwood2000
Petey by Ben Mikaelsen2000
Star of Luis by Marc Talbert2000
Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor1999
Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan1999
Thunder Cave by Roland Smith1999
Gib Rides Home by Zilpha Keatley Snyder1999
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli1999
Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben Mikaelsen1998
Risky Assignment by Judy Baer1998
Kokopelli's Flute by Will Hobbs1998
Jip: His Story by Katherine Paterson1998
The Truth about Sacajawea by Kenneth Thomasma1998
Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park1997
Beware the Ravens, Aunt Morbelia by Joan Carris1997
Moose Tracks by Mary Casanova1997
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis1997
Stranded by Ben Mikaelsen1997
The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson1996
Crazy Lady! by Jane Leslie Conly1996
I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X by Bruce Coville1996
Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichol1996
Jenna's Big Jump by Faythe Dyrud Thureen1996
Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume1993
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi1993
The Burning Questions of Bingo Brown by Betsy Byars1993
Nekomah Creek by Linda Crew1993
Totally Disgusting! by Bill Wallace1993
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli1992
I Am Leaper by Annabel Johnson1992
Addie's Dakota Winter by Laurie Lawlor1992
Soup's Hoop by Robert Newton Peck1992
The Dragon's Boy by Jane Yolen1992
How to Fight a Girl by Thomas Rockwell1991
Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary1991
Hurray for Ali Baba Bernstein by Johanna Hurwitz1991
Ma and Pa Dracula (Apple Paperbacks) by Ann M. Martin1991
Red Dog by Bill Wallace1991
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen1990
Sixth-Grade Sleepover by Eve Bunting1990
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan1990
Dogsong by Gary Paulsen1990
The Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulsen1990
Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman1990
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer1989
The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks1989
Anastasia's Chosen Career by Lois Lowry1989
Anastasia, Ask your Analyst by Lois Lowry1989
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen1989
Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements1988
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary1988
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary1988
Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You by Barthe DeClements1988
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman1988
Spring and the Shadow Man by Emily Rhoads Johnson1988
Fables by Arnold Lobel1988
Anastasia Again! by Lois Lowry1988
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan1988
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare1988
Superfudge by Judy Blume1982, 1987?
Superfudge by Judy Blume1987
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary1987
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe1987
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg1987
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle1987
Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry1987
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien1987
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson1987
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson1987
Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt1987
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary1983


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