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Jane Geske Award

The Nebraska Center for the Book annually presents this award to an organization, business, library, school, association, or other group that has made an exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or Nebraska literature. More...

2018 Award Recipient
Humanities Nebraska Prime Time Family Reading Time

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Mildred Bennett Award

This award is given to an individual who provides leadership and service in the promotion of Nebraska literature. More...

2018 Award Recipient
Mary Jo Ryan

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President's Award - Literacy

2018 Award Recipient
Twyla Hansen

Nebraska Book Awards

The Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), recognizes and honors books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska or concerning Nebraska. More...

2018 (19th annual) for books published in 2017

Children's Picture Book
Simpson's Sheep Just Want to Sleep, by Bruce Arant
Publisher: Peter Pauper Press, Inc.
Chapter Book
George and the Stolen Sunny Spot, by Kristin Bauer Ganoung
Publisher: Prairieland Press
Young Adult Honor
The November Girl, by Lydia Kang
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Nebraska’s First College: Shaping the Future Since 1867, by Dan Sullivan
Design by Christine Zueck-Watkins
Publisher: Peru State College Foundation
World, Chase Me Down: A Novel, by Andrew Hilleman
Publisher: Penguin Books
Fiction Honor
Kings of Broken Things, by Theodore Wheeler
Publisher: Little A
Fiction: Short Story Honor
One With Bird: And Other Stories, by Douglas K. German
Publisher: iUniverse
Nonfiction Biography
The Weight of the Weather: Regarding the poetry of Ted Kooser, by Mark Sanders
Publisher: Stephen F. Austin State University Press
Nonfiction Culture
The Sex Effect: Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex, by Ross Benes
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Nonfiction History
Homesteading the Plains: Toward a New History, by Richard Edwards, Jacob K. Friefeld, and Rebecca S. Wingo
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Nonfiction Immigration Story
Short Hair Detention: Memoir of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide, by Channy Chhi Laux
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Nonfiction Memoir
What is Gone, by Amy Knox Brown
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
Nonfiction Reference
Atlas of Nebraska, by J. Clark Archer, Richard Edwards, Leslie M. Howard, Fred M. Shelley, Donald A. Wilhite, and David J. Wishart
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Nonfiction Sesquicentennial
150@150: Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings at the State’s Sesquicentennial, by Jeff Barnes
Publisher: The Donning Company Publishers
Rock Tree Bird, edited by Twyla M. Hansen
Publisher: The Backwaters Press
Poetry Anthology
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017, edited by Daniel Simon
Publisher: Stephen F. Austin State University Press
Poetry Honor
Blind Girl Grunt: The Selected Blues Lyrics and Other Poems, by Constance Merritt
Publisher: Headmistress Press

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Other awards

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