Selection Criteria

Criteria for Selection of Nominees for the Golden Sower Award

1.   The books nominated should exhibit literary and/or artistic merit.
2.   Eligible titles must have been published within the two most recent years.
       (Example: Books for the 2019 reading list must have a copyright date of 2018 or 2019).
3.   Nominated titles should reflect an equitable consideration for a culturally diverse society.
4.   Titles must be in print at the time of nomination.
5.   Only the first title in a series may be nominated. It should not have a cliffhanger ending. The story should be enjoyable on it's own even though it is open for more to follow.
6.   Newbery or Caldecott Medal winners are not eligible for nomination. However, Honor books may be nominated.
7.   Nonfiction titles that are nominated should exhibit narrative and/or artistic quality (suitable for reading aloud).
8.   The authors and/or illustrators should be living in the United States at the time of nomination.
9.   Only one title of any one author or illustrator may be included on a current list.
10.   Authors and illustrators represented on final Golden Sower Nominee lists may be repeated, but not individual titles.
11.  The winning Golden Sower author and/or illustrator of any one year will be excluded from competition the following year.
12. Children should be involved in the nomination process.

It's important to keep in mind the age-appropriateness of the selections - 
    Picture Books for grades K-2
    Chapter Books for grades 3-5
    Golden Sower Novels for grades 6-8

Please read and select titles as if you are seeing them through a child's eye. Select books based on what they will enjoy, not on what will fit curriculum.

Only nominate titles that you have read and that are truly exceptional.

Each reader may only suggest five (5) titles per level per year.

The deadline to nominate titles for the reading lists each year is April 15.

Be sure to include all of the following information:
  •     author's name
  •     title
  •     illustrator's name if applicable
  •     publisher
  •     copyright date
  •     ISBN
  •     the state in the U.S. where the author lives

Send the information to:

Shawna Lindner for the Picture Book and Chapter Book lists

Jill Annis  for the Golden Sower Novel list