The Golden Sower Award is a children’s choice award given annually to authors and illustrators as determined by the votes of thousands of school-age readers from across Nebraska. The award is given out in three categories: Elementary, Juvenile, and Young Adult. This program facilitates and awards kids for reading the nominees and voting for their favorite.
Joining the program is easy. Just come to Hastings Memorial Library and ask any staff for a registration form. Any child can join! We encourage children of all ages to come check out a book. These books can be read to or with them, or they can read them to someone else if they’d like.
After registration, you pick your first book and get started. Any book with a 2022-2023 Golden Sower Award Nominee sticker is eligible. If you can’t find them, just ask a library staff member. Your first completed book acts as your entry into the program. For every nominated book you read, you get to choose a prize from our prize box. After four books you get an opportunity to vote and come to our Library Pizza Party, as well as receive a bag and a cool bookmark! After eight books, you are eligible to put your name in a drawing for a grand prize!
You can earn raffle tickets by completing extra challenges and earning “badges”. These badges include things like creating a book blog, writing a newspaper article, interviewing someone, or collaborating with a fellow Golden Sower Awards Program participant.
And the nominees are…..