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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.

2016-17 Winners


dog vs. cat book cover sisters book cover selection book cover
Picture Book: Dog vs. Cat by Chris Gall
Intermediate: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Middle Grade: The Selection by Kiera Cass

2017-18 Nominees

Dragon and Captain by P.R. Allabach
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman
Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll
Izzy & Oscar by Allison Estes
We Forgot Brock by Carter Goodrich
The Bear Report by Thyra Heder
Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins
Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza
Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar
A Penguin Named Patience by Suzanne Lewis
Weird and Wild Animal Facts by Jessica Loy
Night Animals by Gianna Marino
Float by Daniel Miyares
Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Montalvan
Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! by Elise Parsley
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julie Sarne-Roach
Little Red’s Riding ‘Hood by Peter Stein
What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night by Refe Tuma and Susan Tuma

Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen
My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lyn Anderson
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos
The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale
Finder, Coal Miner Dog by Alison Hart
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
Fast Break by Mike Lupica
Project Alpha by D.J. MacHale
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre
Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford


The Fixer by Jennifer Barnes
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Code of Honor by Alan Gratz
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key
Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd
Arctic Code by Matthew Kirby
The Only Game by Mike Lupica
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Eighth Day by Diane Salemi
Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
Into the Killing Seas by Michael Spradlin
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
No Place by Todd Strasser

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