Flicker Tale Award

2020 Flicker Tale Nominees:

Young Readers Category

Big Mooncake for Little Star
by Grace Lin
King Alice
by Matthew Cordell
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise
by David Ezra Stein
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
by Ryan T. Higgins

Middle Readers Category

Front Desk
by Kelly Yang
The Book of Boy
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Greetings From Witness Protection
by Jake Burt
Dactyl Hill Squad
by Daniel José Older

Older Readers Category

Dear Evan Hansen
by Val Emmich
 The Beauty That Remains
by Ashley Woodfolk
 The 57 Bus
by Dashka Slater
Apple in the Middle
by Dawn Quigley


Voting Procedures:

The Flicker Tale Committee has chosen books for three 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. All ballots are due by April 1st.


2020 Flicker Tale Ballot

How to Vote:

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, 2020 to:Amber Emery
Fargo Public Library
102 3rd Street North
Fargo, ND 58102

Or e-mail:

Amber Emery
[email protected]

      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!


2019 Flicker Tale Award Winners

Picture Book The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt

Early Reader (formerly Intermediate category) Noodleheads See the Future by Tedd Arnold

Fiction Refugee by Alan Gratz

Nonfiction Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty

Young Adult Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Thank you to everyone who encouraged their students to read the nominees and vote for their favorites! You may view past Flicker Tale Award Nominees at this link. 

Further Info:

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. If you would like Flickertale Award stickers for your library books, please contact Amber Emery at [email protected]. The Flicker Tale committee is currently working on nominees for 2021. If there is a book that you, or your students, believe should be considered for any of the categories, please feel free to send the title and author information to the committee.