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The purpose of the Young Hoosier Book Award Program is to stimulate recreational reading among elementary and middle school/junior high school children and to encourage cooperation between administrators, school media specialists, teachers, public libraries, and the community in providing reading experiences for Indiana school children.
Student participation in pleasure reading was the thrust behind the creation of Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) Program in 1974-75. By allowing students to vote for their favorite books, media professionals hoped that more students could be motivated to read more newly published books.
We are pleased to announce that all three 2014 YHBA Award Winners (Picture Book Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj, Intermediate Smile by Raina Telgemeier, and Middle Grades Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans) will be attending the YHBA Banquet held during annual conference!
We have our 2014-15 YHBA Award Winners!
For the picture book category the winner is Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds with 6,198 votes.
For the Intermediate book category, the winner is Wonder by R.J. Palacio with 2,193 votes.
The winner for the middle grade category is Cardboard by Doug Ten Napal with 267 votes.
Click here for the 2015-2016 YHBA Nominees!
Thank you for your interest in the YHBA program and for helping to promote recreational reading among our state's students. If you have any questions about the Young Hoosier Book Award program, please feel free to contact the YHBA General Co-Chair, Valerie Bassett (Bassettv@wws.k12.in.us), Co-Chair, Vicki Builta ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Indiana Library Federation office.
Battle of the Books: Question Submission
Thanks to John Hochstetler we now have a way Indiana librarians can submit questions to be used for Battle of the Books. If you have questions you would like to submit, please click here to complete our survey and form. You must be a paid member in order to submit questions. If you are a member, please remember to login. If you are not a member but wish to become a member, please click on the "Member Services" tab at the top of the page then click "Register."
Support the Young Hoosier Book Award Program by purchasing promotional products. You may now purchase YHBA products online by clicking on the "Online Store" tab at the top of the homepage. At this time the print form for YHBA products is unavailable. Please go to the "Online Store" under "Site Features."
Download the Young Hoosier Book Award Program Materials Order Form