Great Reads from Great Places

Author Lauren Tarshis and her book

Great Reads from Great Places 2021 Selection: I Survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis

The South Dakota Center for the Book selected I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis to represent South Dakota on the “Great Reads from Great Places” list at the 2021 National Book Festival.  

Every year, as part of the Great Reads from Great Places program, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Each book is selected by a Center for the Book state affiliate or state library, and most are for children and young readers. Books may be written by authors from the state, take place in the state, or celebrate the state’s culture and heritage.

Click here to view South Dakota's page on the LOC's National Book Festival website. You can also watch Tarshis and other featured authors discuss their work in this video interview.

The complete "Great Reads About Great Places" map is posted on the Library of Congress website.

2020 Selection

Great Reads from Great Places: David Heska Wanbli Weiden's "Spotted Tail" Chosen for South Dakota

The South Dakota Center for the Book selected David Heska Wanbli Weiden's "Spotted Tail" to represent South Dakota at the 2020 National Book Festival. The book was the state's selection for the Festival's "Discover Great Places Through Reading" map. 

Every year, as part of the Great Reads from Great Places program, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Each book is selected by a Center for the Book state affiliate or state library, and most are for children and young readers. Books may be written by authors from the state, take place in the state, or celebrate the state’s culture and heritage. 

The complete "Great Reads About Great Places" map is posted on the Library of Congress website

Learn more about Weiden's book in this special video presentation:


About the Book

Named as one of the best books of 2019 by American Indians in Children's Literature, "Spotted Tail" traces the life of the famous Lakota leader who expertly guided his people through a pivotal and tumultuous time in their nation's history as they fought and then negotiated with the U.S. government. Spotted Tail is remembered for his unique leadership style and deep love for his people. Today, a university is named in his honor.

Spotted Tail


About the Author

David Heska Wanbli Weiden

David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Sicangu Lakota, is the author of the novel "Winter Counts" and the children's biography "Spotted Tail," winner of the 2020 Spur Award for Juvenile Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America. His work appears in Shenandoah, Yellow Medicine Review, Transmotion, and other magazines. Weiden has received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Ragdale Foundation Residency, and the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship. He has an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and teaches Native American studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

The National Book Festival was held as a virtual event on Sept. 25-27, 2020 at LOC.Gov/bookfest. States featured videos of their Great Read selections in the festival's virtual Roadmap to Reading exhibits. Selected state Great Reads videos were also featured On KidLit.TV.

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