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Recommended Books

there are so many lists out there for recommendations! GoWYLD provides the Novelist K-8 database to help readers find books of interest. In addition, the Wyoming Library Association compiles lists annually, and the winners for 2021 book awards should be announced soon. Many of these books are available in Slade’s Library.

Buckaroo Nominees

Buckaroo Awards the annual Buckaroo books are nominated by students across the state of Wyoming. At Slade, Kindergarten-3rd grade students cast their votes for Slade’s favorite book of the 10 nominees. All of the books are read during class and students discuss the elements that make a book worthy to earn an award.

Indian Paintbrush Nominees

Indian Paintbrush Awards the annual Indian Paintbrush books are nominated by students across the state of Wyoming. Students in 4th & 5th grades who read 2 or more of the books may vote for their favorite book in March 2021.

Soaring Eagle Nominees

Soaring Eagle Awards the annual Soaring Eagle books are nominated by students across the state of Wyoming. Middle school and high school students vote for their favorites. These books aren’t generally available at Slade, but if a student is interested in reading one we can work with the Middle School or High School, or the public library to obtain it.

Wyoming Reads Each year the Jorgensen Foundation, out of Casper, provides a hardback book to every 1st grade student in Wyoming. In past years we’ve held a presentation event at the public library.

Each First Grade student has chosen the book they will receive, and those will be delivered to the schools in May. We hope to reinstate the district-wide event at the public library in 2022.

Slade’s eBook collections:

MackinVia   check with Mrs. Boss for the username/password info. Available year round.

Get epic!    check with Mrs. Boss for the Class Code. Search for your name. Some students share the same first name, so look for the right account! Students can access Epic! for up to 2 hours outside of “school hours” of 7:30-4:00 on weekdays. Info about summer hours pending.

SORA connect to eBooks at the public library from any device. Navigate through Classlink (above) or go to and enter the setup code: acsdwy. Students will be redirected to ClassLink sign in – this is the equivalent of your library card information.  Choose from thousands of age appropriate eBooks! Available year round. has lots of great resources you can use with your public library card. Here’s the link for the best resources for Kids K-8. This includes links to Britannica Online and BookFlix, among others! Available all year with a county library card. Check with Mrs. Boss if you need a card.


A virtual picture book library honoring Black Lives. Book covers link to copyright compliant read alouds

Folk Tales in Spanish. Fairy tales with Spanish translations and modern twists! These stories are read slowly by a native Spanish speaker.