The Nebraska Golden Sower Award
Nebraska's Children's Choice Literary Award
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I am proud to announce the 2020 Golden Sower Winners! 

picture book winner

Winner: Baby Monkey, Private Eye 

by Brian Selznick & David Serlin, illus. by Brian Selznick


Honor:    The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Adam Rex

      Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

chapter book winner

Winner:  The Magic Misfits

by Neil Patrick Harris, illus. by Lissy Marlin & Kyle Hilton


Honor:     Wishtree by Katherine Applegate 

     The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz

GS novel winner


Restart by Gordon Korman

Honor:     Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Thank you to all of the 24,019 students who read the Golden Sower Award nominees this year and voted for their favorite book.  We know that many more students read the nominees this year but were unable to cast their votes due to the school cancellations – we want to thank you as well and hope that you keep reading Golden Sower nominees!  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? 

Click here to go to the website!

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.