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Golden Archer Winners


(Students Choosing Winning Literature Since 1974)

The Golden Archer Award was originally sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In December of 1994, the sponsorship was assumed by the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (formerly WEMA), who revised the awards program as one of its Leadership activities. Marion Archer and Sally Teresinski, the originators of the award, have been apprised of and approve the changes in the awards program. The awards are now given in three age level categories - Primary, Intermediate, and Middle/Junior High. The nominations list is created by the committee based on titles that are selected and read by students in Wisconsin. The first list was created in the fall of 1995, and the first WEMTA winners were announced at WEMTA's annual spring conference in 1996. The following is the complete list of winners since the beginning of the award.

2016 (Bookmark of winners

Primary: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Intermediate: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney 
Middle/Jr. High School: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier 

2015 (Bookmark of winners)

Primary: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Intermediate: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Middle/Jr. High School: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

2014 (Bookmark of winners)

Primary: Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen
Intermediate: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
Middle/Jr. High School: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

2013 (Bookmark of winners) 

Primary: Blackout by John Rocco
Intermediate: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin fever by Jeff Kinney
Middle/Jr. High School: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

2012 (Bookmark of winners)


Primary: Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny by Jan Thomas
Intermediate: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
Middle/Jr. High School: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


Primary: Chester's Masterpiece by Melanie Watt
Intermediate: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
Middle/Jr. High School: The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins


Primary: Chester's Back by Melanie Watt
Intermediate: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Middle/Jr. High School: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


Primary: Chester by Melanie Watt
Intermediate: Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
Middle/Jr. High School: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal by Jeff Kinney


Primary: The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog by MoWillems
Intermediate: Champ by Marcia Thornton Jones
Middle/Junior High: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling


Primary: Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Intermediate: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
Middle/Junior High: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen


Primary: Baby Brains by James Simon
Intermediate: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
Middle/Junior High: Eragon by Christopher Paolini


Primary: Mo Willems, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Intermediate: Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
Middle/Junior High: J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Primary: Margery Cuyler, Skeleton Hiccups
Intermediate: Judy Blume, Double Fudge
Middle/Junior High: Ben Mikaelsen, Touching Spirit Bear


Primary: Rafe Martin, Shark God
Intermediate: Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn Dixie
Middle/Junior High: Anthony Horowitz, Stormbreaker


Primary: W. Nikola-Lisa, Shake Dem Halloween Bones
Intermediate: Jack Canfield, and company, Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul
Middle/Junior High: J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 1998.


Primary: Roth, Roger. Fishing for Methuselah
Intermediate: Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Middle/Junior High: Sachar, Louis. Holes


Primary: Shannon, David. A Bad Case of the Stripes
Intermediate: Spinelli, Jerry. Crash
Middle/Junior High: Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Primary: Pilkey, Dav. Hallo-Wiener
Intermediate: Sachar, Louis, and Schick, Joel (Illustrator). Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
Middle/Junior High: Paulsen, Gary. Brian's Winter


Primary: Parks, Barbara. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
Intermediate: Silverstein, Shel. Falling Up
Middle/Junior High: Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars


Primary: Rathman, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria
Intermediate: Scieszka, Jon. Stinky Cheese Man
Middle/Junior High: Paulsen, Gary. Harris and Me


Primary: Van Allsburg, Chris. Jumanji
Intermediate: Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends
Middle/Junior High: Lowry, Lois. The Giver


1992 Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. New York, NY: Atheneum, 1991.
1991 Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1990.
1990 Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. New York. NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1989.
1989 Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. New York.NY: Bradbury Press, 1987.
1988 Bauer, Marion D. On My Honor. New York. NY: Houghton Mifflin /Ticknor & Fields, 1968.
1987 Fleischman, Syd. The Whipping Boy. New York, NY: Greenwillow, 1986.
1986 Siegel, Robert. Whalesong. New York, NY: Berkley Books, 1981,1983.
1985 Milton, Hilary. Tornado. New York, NY: Watts , 1983.
1984 DeClements, Barthe. Nothing's Fair In Fifth Grade. New York, NY: Viking, 1981.
1983 Hinton, Sue E. Tex. New York, NY: Delacorte Press. 1979.
1982 Butler, Beverly. My Sister's Keeper. New York, NY: Dodd, Mead, 1980.
1981 Byars, Betsy. Pinballs. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1977.
1980 Hentoff, Nat. This School is Driving Me Crazy. New York, NY: Delacorte Press, 1976.
1979 Rawls, Wilson. The Summer of the Monkeys. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1977.
1978 Corbett, Scott. The Home Run Trick. Boston. MA: Little, Brown, 1973.
1977 Cleary, Beverly. Ramona the Brave. New York. NY: Morrow, 1975.
1976 Heide, Florence Parry. The Mystery of the Bewitched Bookmobile. Racine, Wl: Whitman. 1975.
1975 Rockwell, Thomas. How To Eat Fried Worms. New York, NY: Watts, 1973.
1974 Blume, Judy. Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. Scarsdale, NY: Bradbury Press, 1974.


1992 Auch, Mary. Easter Egg Farm. New York, NY: Holiday House, 1992.
1991 Aardema, Verna. Borrequita and the Coyote. New York, NY: Knopf /Random House, 1991.
1990 Conrad, Pam. Tub People. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1989.
1989 Monsell, Mary. Underwear! Niles, IL: Albert Whitman, 1988. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.
1988 Yorinks, Arthur. Hey, Al. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1986. Illustrated by Don Wood.
1987 Wood, Audrey. King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich, 1986.
1986 Van Allsburg, Chris. The Polar Express. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
1985 Stevenson, James. What's Under My Bed? New York, NY: Greenwillow, 1983.
1984 Seuss, Dr. Butter Battle Book. New York, NY: Random House, 1984.
1983 Steig, William. Doctor DeSoto. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1982.
1982 Christelow, Eileen. Henry and the Red Stripes. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1982.
1981 Kellogg, Steve. Pinkerton, Behave! New York, NY: Dial Books,1979.
1980 Calhoun, Mary. Cross Country Cat. New York. NY: Morrow, 1979. Illustrated by Erick Ingraham.
1979 Balian, Lorna. The Sweet Touch. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1976.
1978 Spier, Peter. Oh, Were They Ever Happy. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1978.
1977 Peet, Bill. Cyrus, the Unsinkable Sea Serpent. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1975.
1976 Mosel, Arlene. The Funny Little Woman. New York, NY: Dutton,1972. Illustrated by Blair Lent.

Please email questions and suggestions to Golden Archer Committee Chair, Michele Green.

The Golden Archer Award is sponsored by the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association.