The Nebraska Golden Sower Award
Nebraska's Children's Choice Literary Award
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21-22 Nominees

I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Golden Sower Awards!

picture book winner

Winner:   Crash, Splash, or Moo!  by Bob Shea


Honor:  This Is a Taco! by Andrew Cangelose, illus. by Josh Shipley             


                  We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins


chapter book winner

Winner:  Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen 

                    by Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann


Honor:  Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead, illus. by Nicholas Gannon


                Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce


GS novel winner

Winner:  Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes


Honor:  Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau


                 Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman


Thank you to all of the 59,662 students who read the Golden Sower Award nominees this year and voted for their favorite book.  We would also like to express our thanks to all of the teachers, media specialists and librarians who promoted the books in their schools and libraries.  You help make the program a success!

Kathy Schultz

Chair, Golden Sower Award Committee

Did you know our Golden Sower Manual is on Teachers Pay Teachers? 

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You can still order a USB drive of the Golden Sower Manual from the STORE page!

***Recent changes adopted by the Golden Sower Award Committee:

1. Children may vote in more than one level if they do the required reading.

2. When suggesting titles for consideration for the nominee lists, readers will be limited to five suggestions per level per year. This will help to keep the reading lists to a manageable size, allowing more titles to be read by the majority of our readers, and thereby giving us a more accurate measure of exceptional titles. Please keep in mind: You may only nominate titles that you have read - ones that are truly exceptional.