Young Hoosier Book Award logoThe Young Hoosier Book Award encourages Indiana students to read for fun. There are three levels of nominees: Picture Books (kindergarten-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade), and Middle Grade (6th-8th grade).

Each year, teachers, students, parents and media specialists submit suggestions to the Young Hoosier Book Award committee, who nominate twenty books in each category. Students read the books on the list and vote for their favorites. Votes are then tallied and the winning illustrator and authors are presented the award in the spring of the following year.

2015-16 Winners

Day the Crayons Quit coverEscape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library cover

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Picture Book: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Intermediate: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Middle Grade: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

2016-17 Nominees

Mogie: The Heart of the House by Kathi Appelt
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate
My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown
Gravity by Jason Chin
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming
Dog vs. Cat by Chris Gall
It’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall
A Bean, a Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack by William Joyce
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Koo
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds
Blizzard by John Rocco
Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz
My Pet Book by Bob Staake

El Deafo by Cece Bell
Double Reverse by Fred Bowen
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jennifer Bryant
Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg
Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey by Loree Griffin Burns
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Davis
The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale
Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes
Big Bad Detective Agency by Bruce Hale
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull
Running Out of Night by Sharon Lovejoy
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz
With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School by Suzanne Slade
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
The Rookie Bookie by L. Jon Wertheim
Arcady’s Goal by Eugene Yelchin

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora
Frostborn by Lou Anders
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Iron Trial by Holly Black
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
The Walk On by John Feinstein
Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand
March. Book One by John Lewis
Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Chasing the Milky Way by Erin E. Moulton
If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
How the Beatles Changed the World by Martin W. Sandler
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
The Swap by Megan Shull
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Ms. Marvel by Willow G. Wilson