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The 2022-2023 Winners are here!

The Nebraska Golden Sower Award committee is delighted to announce the 2022-23 winners! 

We’d like to thank the Nebraska youth who read and voted for their favorite nominees of the school year. We tallied 63,553 votes — that’s a whole lot of reading!  This would not be possible without the educators, librarians, parents, and guardians who foster a positive reading environment and provide access to books like the Golden Sower nominees. A special thank you to the wonderful authors and publishers that make these great books for kids and teens!

Here are this year's winners!

Picture Book Category:

Winner: The Box Turtle - Vanessa Roeder

Honor: This Way, Charlie - Caron Levis and Charles Santoso

Honor: On Account of the Gum - Adam Rex

Chapter Book Category:

Winner: The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter - Aaron Reynolds

Honor: Stella - McCall Hoyle

Honor: Twins - Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright

Novel Category:

Winner: The Inheritance Games - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Honor: Unplugged - Gordon Korman

Honor: Millionaires for the Month - Stacy McAnulty

For reference, the full list of nominees is still available on this page for a bit longer before it will be added to the past winners document.

Our 2023-24 nominees have already been announced so you and your students can keep reading all summer long. If you’d like to contribute to the 2023-2024 manual, please contact 

PS Have you heard? We’ve changed the names of our reading levels to reflect kid-friendly, Nebraska-themed wildlife! Will you help us name our brand new Young Adult category? 

Voting will close at the end of the summer.

2022-2023 Nominees

2022-2023 Picture Book Nominees

How to Catch a Clover Thief by Elise Parsley, illustrated by the author

Lift by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat

Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor, illustrated by the author

On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex, illustrated by the author

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham, illustrated by the author

The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder, illustrated by the author

The Perfectly Perfect Wish by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez

This Way, Charlie by Caron Levis, illustrated by Charles Santoso

Trees Make Perfect Pets by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Cathy Gendron

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2022-2023 Chapter Book Nominees

Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard

Clues to the Universe by Christina Li

Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin

Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar

Stella by McCall Hoyle

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

The Million Dollar Race by Matthew Ross Smith

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

Twins by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright

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2022-2023 Novel Nominees

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders

Dragon Ops by Mari Mancusi

Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Flight of the Puffin by Ann Braden

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker

Millionaires for the Month by Stacy McAnulty

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Unplugged by Gordon Korman

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