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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.

2018-2019 Winners

This is My Book jacket Maxi's Secrets book jacket Scythe book jacket

Picture Book:This is My Book! by Mark Pett
Intermediate: Maxi’s Secrets by Lynn Plourde
Middle Grade: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

2019-2020 Nominees

 

Shark Dog by Ged Adamson
I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
Monster’s New Undies by Samantha Berger
Word Play by Ivan Brunetti
How to Find a Friend by Maria Costa
The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman
Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin
Be Quiet! by Ryan Higgins
The Bad Seed by Jory John
Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
After the Fall by Dan Santat
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Can an Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart
Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares
I Want That Nut by Madeline Valentine
Hattie & Hudson by Chris Van Dusen
If Sharks Disappeared Lily Williams

 

The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark
Superstar by Mandy Davis
Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies by Bruce Hale
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
What Makes a Monster by Jess Keating
The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
Restart by Gordon Korman
Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale
Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern
Watchdog by Will McIntosh
Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen
Confessions from the Principal’s Kid by Robin Mellom
The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez
Making Friends with Billy Wong by Augusta Scattergood
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

 


They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington’s Teeth, Einstein’s Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts
by Carlyn Beccia
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
Greetings from Witness Protection!
by Jake Burt
The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street
by Lindsay Currie
Ashes to Asheville
by Sarah Dooley
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
Braced by Alyson Gerber
Refugeet by Alan Gratz
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
Exo by Fonda Lee
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
The Someday Birds
by Sally J. Pla
Miles Morales, Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein: Based on a True Story by Jennifer Roy with Ali Fadhil
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade
by Jordan Sonnenblick
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry

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