skip to Main Content
(219) 873-3042 | 100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360 | Open Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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.

2020-2021 Winners





Picture Book: Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
Intermediate: A Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold
Middle Grade: New Kid by Jerry Craft

2021-22 Nominees


Bad Dog by Mike Boldt
Snack Attack! by Terry Border
Hair Love: A Celebration of Daddies and Daughters Everywhere by Matthew Cherry
Where’d My Jo Go? by Jill Esbaum
Let’s Have a Sleepover! by Norman Feuti
Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard
Linus the Little Yellow Pencil by Scott Magoon
Moon!: Earth’s Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty
I Am a Tiger by Karl Newson
Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero
The Happy Book by Andy Rash
A Normal Pig by K-Fai Steele
Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman
Fly! by Mark Teague
Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together by Andrea Tsurumi
The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood
If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen
Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez


The Space We’re In by Katya Balen
The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows
Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur by Joe Luis Carballido
The Dog Who Lost His Bark by Eoin Colfer
Project Z: A Zombie Ate My Homework by Tom Greenwald
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
Gross as a Snot Otter by Jess Keating
The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury
Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen by Niki Lenz
Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano
Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business by Denene Millner
Bouncing Back by Scott Ostler
Katt vs. Dogg by James Patterson
Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Scheerger
I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak
She Dared: Bethany Hamilton by Jenni Walsh
Stargazing by Jen Wang
Jada Sly, Artist & Spy by Sherri Winston
The Day the Universe Exploded My Head by Allan Wolf

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Wink: Surviving Middle School with One Eye Open by Rob Harrell
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Strike Zone by Mike Lupica
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
Hoax for Hire by Laura Martin
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
White Bird by R.J. Palacio
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Broken Strings by Eric Walters
Last Pick by Jason Walz
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Back To Top

Looking for an obituary? Go to our genealogy page to search.