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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.
Please click here for a 2014-2015 YHBA Ballot.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013-2014 YHBA Awards!
The winner of the Picture Book category is Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj with 8,614 votes. There were a total of 44,317 votes in this category.
The winner of the Intermediate Book category is Smile by Raina Telgemeier with 2,041 votes. There were a total of 11,969 votes in this category.
The winner of the Middle Grades Book category is Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans with 473 votes. There were 2,888 votes in this category.
Please click here for 2013-14 YHBA Picture Book results.
Please click here for 2013-14 YHBA Intermediate Book results.
Please click here for 2013-14 YHBA Middle Grade Book results.
Announcing the Young Hoosier Book Award 2014-2015 T-Shirt Design Contest
We're seeking designs from your students!
T-Shirt Design Contest entries should:
- Be a completely original design created solely by the student entering the contest whether produced using traditional media or a computer program.
- At a minimum, say "Young Hoosier Book Award".
- Be clear and bold enough to be easily seen and read on a T-shirt.
- Be symmetrical and portrait (not landscape) in design.
- Be limited to two or three colors on a white background.
- Be submitted on 8.5 x 11 inch or 11 x 17 inch unlined white paper.
- Have the artist's name and school printed on the back of the design.
T-shirt Design Contest entries should be submitted to the Indiana Library Federation Office, with a completed copy of the form below attached to them, no later than Friday, February 20, 2015. Please click here for a YHBA t-shirt contest form.
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."
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.
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."
2014-2015 YHBA bookmarks are now available for download.
Click here to download your 2014-2015 YHBA bookmarks.
Download the Young Hoosier Book Award Program Materials Order Form