Flicker Tale Award

The Flicker Tale Award is sponsored by the ND Library Association and administered by the SLAYS (School Libraries And Youth Services) division of that organization.

2018 Nominees

Picture Books
  • Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
  • The Black and White Factory by Eric Telchin
  • Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
  • Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
Non Fiction Books
  • Pass the Pandowdy Please: Chewing on History with Famous Folks and their Faboulous Foods by Abigal Ewing Zelz
  • Ada’s Violin: the Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood
  • Tooth By Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers by Sara Levine
  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
Intermediate Books
  • Clover’s Luck (Magical Animal Adoption Agency) by Kallie George
  • Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr
  • The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau
  • Journey to the Center of Town (Class Pet Squad) by Dan Yaccarino
Juvenile Books
  • The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman
  • Makoons by Louise Erdrich
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Young Adult Fiction  (First item category!)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morill
  • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp 
  • The Perilous Journey of a Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham 




The Flicker Tale Committee has chosen books for four categories. Readers will not be restricted to any category based on age or grade level. Rather, we hope the categories will encourage children to read books of their choice at a particular interest or ability level. We encourage all of the young people (and the not-so-young people) to read the books and vote in any category they choose. Librarians do not have to vote on every category. Just the books they read to the students or the books they know the students have read. Each participating school and library is responsible for following the procedures, tallying votes and submitting totals to the Flicker Tale Chair by the deadline.


2018 Flicker Tale Ballot.


Participating librarians should:

  1. Read each of the books in the appropriate category.
  2. Have the children vote for their book of choice.
  3. Tally the votes for each book.
  4. Send the totals by April 1, 2018 to: Pamela Carswell
    Minot Public Library
    516 2nd Ave SW
    Minot, ND 58701
    or email pam.carswell@minotnd.org
  5. At any time send your suggestions for nominations for next year’s Flicker Tale Awards to the above address.

Thank you for your participation!

Nominee Visits

Letters have been sent to authors of the nominated books inviting them to visit North Dakota schools and libraries. As they respond, the information will be sent to those participating.