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

We are proud to announce the 2019 Golden Sower Winners! 

Winner:   Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp


Honor:    I Am Not A Chair! by Ross Burach

      Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Hermann, Queen of Magic  by Mara Rockliff, 

      illus. by Iacopo Bruno

Winner:   Maxi's Secrets (Or, What You Can Learn From a Dog) 

                     by Lynn Plourde


Honor:     The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

                     Wish by Barbara O'Connor

Winner:   Scythe by Neal Shusterman         


Honor:     Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz         

   The Girl I Used To Be by April Henry

Thank you to all of the 69,062 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

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

Click here to go to the website!

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

All 3 of the winning authors will be attending the Golden Sower Gala and Dinner to receive their awards this year—the first time that has happened since 2007! They will each speak and be available for autographing books following the event.  Copies of the winning titles will be available for sale at the Golden Sower booth if you forget to bring any or want to purchase additional copies.

Golden Sower Gala and Dinner

Thursday, October 3, 2019

6:30 p.m.

La Vista Hotel & Conference Center in La Vista, NE


Tickets for the event are $40.00 (the cost of the meal from the hotel—not a fund raiser for Golden Sower)


You DO NOT need to be registered for the Conference to attend and you DO NOT need to be a librarian, but you must register for the event and pay for your ticket on the Conference website.  You MUST have a ticket to attend.


Conference registration page:

(The link takes you to the Iowa Library Association website—this year it is a joint conference with Iowa and the registration page is on their website.


If you are NOT registering for the conference:  Fill in all of the required fields (you may use home address instead of work address) and skip the non-required fields.  When you get to “Conference Registration” – select “Golden Sower Gala and Dinner only”

***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.