The Nebraska Golden Sower Award
Nebraska's Children's Choice Literary Award

Golden Sower Gala!

Louis Sachar, author of the 2018 Chapter Book winner Fuzzy Mud


K.A. Holt, author of the 2018 Novel winner House Arrest

will receive their awards at the Golden Sower Gala

Friday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker

They will also be available for autographs that evening following the program.


This is the first time that the Golden Sower Awards have been presented

at an evening dinner that is open to the public.

Tickets for the Golden Sower Gala are $35.00 if purchased in advance – registration deadline is September 14

($45.00 for late registrations and at the door)

You can find the registration form for the dinner at:

Please know that this registration form is to be used ONLY if you are attending the Golden Sower Gala and no other part of the NLA/NSLA Conference. 

If you are registering for the Conference, please use the main registration at the NLA Conference page as the Gala is included with registration. 


For questions or late RSVPs, contact Joe Pittman:

We are proud to announce the 2018 Golden Sower Winners! 

Winner:   We Forgot Brock! by Carter Goodrich


Honor:    Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illus. by Zachariah O'Hora

      If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Winner:   Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar


Honor:     Baker's Magic by Diane Zahler

                  The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Winner:   House Arrest by K.A. Holt         


Honor:     Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt         

   Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

Thank you to all of the 71, 939 students who read the Golden Sower Award nominees this year and voted for their favorite book.  And also a big THANK YOU 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

***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.