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Book awards: North Dakota Flicker Tale Children's Book Award

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Works (92)

Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker by George Lucas1978
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume1979
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume1980
Curious George by H. A. Rey1981
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls1981
Blubber by Judy Blume1983
ET: The Extra Terrestrial Storybook by William Kotzwinkle1983
A Sister for Sam (Tale from the Care Bears) by Evelyn Mason1984
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Storybook by Joan D. Vinge1984
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl1985
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard1985
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble1987
Superfudge by Judy Blume1982, 1987?
Miss Nelson Has a Field Day by Harry Allard1988
Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements1988
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch1989
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer1989
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen1990
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch by Trinka Hakes Noble1990
How to Fight a Girl by Thomas Rockwell1991
No Jumping on the Bed! by Tedd Arnold1991
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli1992
Scared Silly (Bunnicula and Friends) by James Howe1992
Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume1993
The Signmaker's Assistant by Tedd Arnold1993
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor1994
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka1994
The Easter Egg Farm by Mary Jane Auch1995
The River by Gary Paulsen1995
The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson1996
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco1996
The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy1997
Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park1997
Casey in the Bath (Sunburst Book) by Cynthia DeFelice1998
Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben Mikaelsen1998
Grandad's teeth by Rod Clement1999
Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor1999
Holes by Louis Sachar2000
No, David! by David Shannon2000
Frindle by Andrew Clements2001
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester2001
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer2002
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen2002
Armadillo Tattletale by Helen Ketteman2003
Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac2003
Epossumondas by Coleen Salley2004
Shipwreck by Gordon Korman2004
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems2005
The Field Guide by Holly Black2005
Zach's Lie by Roland Smith2005
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins2006
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke2006
The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer2006
P is for Peace Garden: A North Dakota Alphabet by Roxane B. Salonen2006
Too Many Frogs by Sandy Asher2006
Dog Sense by Sneed B. Collard III2007
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston2007
The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens2007
Miss Daisy Is Crazy! by Dan Gutman2007
Owen & Mzee: Best Friends by Isabella Hatkoff2007
Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan2008
Go To Sleep, Gecko!: A Balinese Folktale by Margaret Read MacDonald2008
Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan2008
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins2008
Frogs by Nic Bishop2009
He Came with the Couch by David Slonim2009
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick2009
Trolls, Go Home! (Troll Trouble) by Alan MacDonald2009
Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! by Kyle Mewburn2010
Punished! by David Lubar2010
Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Sheila Solomon Klass2010
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson2010
Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember by Steve Jenkins2011
Schooled by Gordon Korman2011
Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley2011
Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth! by Sarah Weeks2011
The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander2012
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama2012
One by Kathryn Otoshi2012
The Pup Who Cried Wolf (Animal Tales) by Chris Kurtz2012
Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World by Margi Preus2013
I'm a Shark by Bob Shea2013
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate2013
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper2013
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric LitwinPicture Books, 2014
I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 (I Survived #7) by Lauren TarshisIntermediate Books, 2014
Wonder by R. J. PalacioJuvenile Books, 2014
Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw PatentNon-Fiction Books, 2014
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew DaywaltPicture Books, 2015
Stick Dog... (a really GOOD story with kind of BAD drawings) by Tom WatsonIntermediate Books, 2015
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris GrabensteinJuvenile Books, 2015
The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) by Kathleen KrullNon-Fiction Books, 2015

Award description

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 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.


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