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The purpose of the Young Hoosier Book Award Program is to stimulate self-selected reading among elementary and middle school/junior high school children. To encourage cooperation between administrators, school media specialists, teachers, public libraries, and the community in providing 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, library professionals hoped that more students could be motivated to read more newly published books.

Please note: Grade levels are recommendations for expected reading level but not necessarily for content. Librarians and teachers are still encouraged to review books for younger readers with higher reading levels. (Example, a 2nd grade student may read at a 6th grade level, but some content may be too mature for a second grader.)  



Picture Books 
(Grades K-3)
Intermediate Books 
(Grades 4-6)

 Middle Grade Books
(Grades 6-8)

For more information on each category click on the corresponding image above.


2020-2021 Nominees
2019-2020 Nominees
2019-2020 Annotations 

Links to TeachingBooks.Net

Past nominees 1975-2020
Winners 1975 - 2018

Thank you for your interest in the YHBA program and for helping to promote self-selected reading among our state's students. If you have any questions about the Young Hoosier Book Award program, please feel free to contact the Indiana Library Federation office.










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