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2016 Annual Conference

Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award
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We are so excited to announce the 2015-2016 Rosie winner and honor books!  This year we had over 2700 students participate in the Rosie program—thank YOU to promoting this program in your schools, libraries, and communities!

Our winner this year is Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley!

Our two honor books (“second and third place”) are The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas!

Thank you again for supporting the Rosie program!


Rosie Book Trailers for 2016-2017 may be found at

Eliot Rosewater Nominees 2016-17 
2016-17 Rosie Annotations

Video:  Southwestern - Jefferson Co High School Rosie program

Please click here for Eliot Rosewater ballot.

What is the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award?

The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools and public libraries who read any of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. Ballots are available on the Rosie website. The votes are tabulated each May, and the winner is announced.

The author of each year's award-winning book is invited to receive the Rosie Award in person at a special event sponsored by the Association for Indiana Media Educators and the Indiana Library Federation.

The purpose of the Rosie Award is to encourage high school students to read for fun. It also promotes cooperation between school administrators, media specialists, teachers and public librarians in broadening reading programs. Rosie promotes reading across the curriculum.

Who is Eliot Rosewater?

Eliot Rosewater is a recurring fictional character in Kurt Vonnegut's novels, including God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Vonnegut is a famous Hoosier author who grew up in Indianapolis. This award was named to honor him and all Indiana writers. The award is often referred to as the "Rosie Award" or "Rosie."

How can my school or public library participate?

Any school in Indiana enrolling students in grades nine through twelve can participate if they:

  1. Make sure at least 12 of the nominated titles are available to students.
  2. Provide voting forms for each student who has read at least one of the nominated books.
  3. Tally their students' voting forms and report the results to the Rosie Award Committee by May 1.

Public libraries are encouraged to purchase and publicize the Rosie books and encourage their students to vote at school. If some of the schools in the library's service area do not participate, those students may vote at the public library. Participating public libraries must also provide at least 12 of the nominated titles.

Rosie Guidelines

The following guidelines have been established to assist in the creation of the annual Rosie Wannabe List. The committee has chosen to label these as guidelines, rather than rules, so that exceptions can be made when members of the committee feel strongly that they have found something extraordinary!

Students interested in serving on the Rosie Award Committee should also contact the Indiana Library Federation office at 317-257-2040.

Rosie Membership

Interested in becoming a member of the Eliot Rosewater Committee? Use this form to see if you qualify and to apply. 

Applications close each year on October 31st. New members will be notified by November 7th. If you are not notified by November 7, the committee seats have been filled.  Names will not be held over from year to year, so please apply again the next year.  Applications will open up Dec 1 of each year.

ie Program Materials

  • You may now order Rosie materials through our online store! Just go to our home page, click on the "Online Store" tab at the top of the page and select "Eliot Rosewater," or click here for a printable form.

Rosie Chair:
Julia Reynolds, Greenwood High School: 

Chair Elect:

Past Chair:|
Angy Northern,Southwestern Middle/High School:




Eliot Rosewater

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2015 Eliot Rosewater Program Materials Order form PDF (112.11 KB) Administration 5/20/2015
Past Rosie Awards PDF (529.99 KB) Administration 11/6/2013
2014-15 Annotations PDF (119.57 KB) Administration 10/28/2013
2014-15 Rosie Booklist PDF (3.14 MB) Administration 10/28/2013
2013 QR Codes PDF (29.54 KB) Administration 9/4/2013
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