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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.

2019-2020 Winners

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Picture Book:The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt
Intermediate: Restart by Gordon Korman
Middle Grade: Refugee by Alan Gratz

2020-2021 Nominees

 

Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak
My Pet Wants a Pet by Elise Broach
How to Eat Pizza by Jon Burgerman
This is a Taco! by Andrew Cangelose
Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
Don’t Feed the Bear by Kathleen Doherty
Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman
The Little i Who Lost His Dot by Kimberlee Gard
Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth by Kate Gardner
Oh, No, Bobo! You’re in Trouble by Phil Gosier
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh
Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey
Don’t Touch My Hair! by Sharee Miller
Bugs Don’t Hug: Six-Legged Parents and Their Kids by Heather L. Montgomery
If Wendall Had a Walrus by Lori Mortensen
Crash, Splash, or Moo! by Bob Shea
Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima
A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade

 

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela
Granted by John David Anderson
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
Life According to Og the Frog by Betty G. Birney
The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop
Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes
Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
Monster Mayhem by Christopher Eliopoulos
The Phantom Tower by Keir Graff
Ra the Mighty, Cat Detective by A.B. Greenfield
Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl
Lost (Survivor Diaries) by Terry Lynn Johnson
Power Forward (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream) by Hena Khan
The Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln by Marissa Moss
Wonderland by Barbara O’Connor
Max & the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce
Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
New Kid by Jerry Craft
The Girl I Used To Be by April Henry
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Attucks: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City by Phillips Hoose
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Gamer Army by Trent Reedy
How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

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