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. If you would like Flickertale Award stickers for your library books, please contact Amber Emery at aemery@fargolibrary.org.


2019 Flicker Tale Nominees


Picture Book Category

Bob Not Bob by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick
Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt
A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Now by Antoinette Portis

NonFiction Book Category

Rhino in the House: The Story of Saving Samia by Daniel Kirk
Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Tolan
Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty
How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy

Early Chapter Book Category

Noodleheads See the Future by Tedd Arnold
Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro
Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz
Barkus by Patria MacLachlan

Middle Grade Fiction (formerly Juvenile) Category

Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Refugee by Alan Gratz
I Survived: The Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

YA Fiction Category

American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein


Voting Procedures

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.


2019 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, 2019 to: Mail to:
    Amber Emery
    Fargo Public Library
    102 3rd Street North
    Fargo, ND 58102

Or e-mail to:

Amber Emery
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.

2018 Winners

Picture Book

The Black and White Factory

by Eric Telchin

Non-Fiction Book

 Tooth By Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers

by Sara Levine

Early Chapter Book  

Adventures with Waffles

by Maria Parr

Juvenile Book 

The Evil Wizard Smallbone

by Delia Sherman

YA Fiction

This Is Where It Ends

by Marieke Nijkamp


You may view past Flicker Tale Award Nominees at this link.