Eliot Rosewater 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, public libraries, or homeschoolers who read any of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. 


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".




Congratulations to the 2023-2024 Rosie Book Award Winners! 


Rosie Resource Center

2023 - 2024 Rosie List - Visual Guide 


Rosie Nominations Are Open! 

Click below to access the nomination form. 

Rosie Nomination Form


Rosie Voting Center

The votes are due the last Friday of April each year, tabulated, and the winner is announced the following Wednesday. 

Rosie Student Voting Librarian Tally Sheet


Click below to download the librarian tally sheet

Librarian Tally Sheet

Click below to download paper ballots for voting

Paper Ballot Template

Individual Voting Form










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