Golden Sower Reading

To participate in the Golden Sower program students must read or hear a minimum of four books in their category (Intermediate or Young Adult). Fifth and sixth grade students will keep track of the books they read on charts in the library. To receive an invitation to the Golden Sower party in May students must read at least four books and complete a project on one of them.

Golden Sower Project Ideas
Project 1:
Create a diary for your character that spans several days and includes some of the major action of the story.  Be sure to write in the voice of that character.
Project 2: Write a new ending for the story.  Imagine that the problem was solved in a different manner.  Think about what the character’s life might be like if something else had happened.
Project 3: Diorama.  Design a three dimensional scene from the book that you read.  It should be a miniature slice of life and appear very realistic.  All three sides and the bottom and top should represent your scene.  Include a description and summary with your diorama.
Project 4: Write a four paragraph book report that could be used as a review on a website. Paragraph one should be a summary.  Paragraph two - what you liked and disliked about the book, paragraph three, describe the author’s writing style and paragraph four, your recommendations - should others read this book?  why or why not?
Project 5:  Write a three page play that uses the characters in the story.  Your play should include the major action of the story and be written in such a way that someone could act it out.

Project 6: Newspaper front page.  Create a front page article describing a heroic character or explaining an event from the book.  Draw a picture to illustrate the article.  Be sure to tell the five Ws.
Project 7: Character Mobile:  Draw and hang pictures of each character with yarn from a bent hanger.  Cut out or draw pictures that represent items characters used in the story.
Project 8: Board game:  Create a board game around the events of the book.  Make a game board and find appropriate pieces to use as markers.  If playing cards are needed, write precise questions or instructions.  Write clear directions so classmates can play.

What about comics, movies, brochures, book covers . . . Have an idea? Let Mrs. Crawford know!

Nebraska Golden Sower Award

  Nebraska's Children's Choice Literary Award

Intermediate Golden Sower Nominees (4th-6th)

by Lou Anders

El Deafo
by Cece Bell

  The War that Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Life on Mars
by Jennifer Brown

  Stella by Starlight
by Sharon Draper

  Absolutely Almost
by Lisa Graff

  The Fourteenth Goldfish

by Jennifer Holm

Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

by Kirby Larson


by Jude Watson

YA Golden Sower Nominees (6th-9th)

  Famous Last Words
by Katie Alender

  Red Queen
by Victoria Aveyard

  Torn Away
by Jennifer Brown

The Summer I Saved the World...In 65 Days
by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Grandmaster by David Klass

by William Ritter

  No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits
by Jordan Romero

  The Winner's Curse
by Marie Rutkoski

  Hunt for the Bamboo Rat
by Graham Salisbury

by Roland Smith

2016 Golden Sower Winners

Nebraska student readers have chosen...
Intermediate Winner: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Intermediate Honor Books: Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff and Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I by
Alice Leonhardt

Young Adult Winner: Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Young Adult Honor Books: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry