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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, media professionals hoped that more students could be motivated to read more newly published books.

In 2018, the ILF Board approved changing the grade levels for YHBA books. The new categories are, picture books - grades K-2, intermediate books -  grades 3-5 and middle school books - grades 6-8.

2018-2019 Young Hoosier Book Award Winners
Congratulations to our winners!
This year, 54,177 votes were submitted. Picture Books had 45,666 votes, Intermediate had 6,652 votes and Middle Grades had 1,859 votes.

Winner for the Picture Book category is This is My Book! by Mark Pett with 6,686 votes.
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea received 6,107 votes
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog received 6,032 votes.

Winner for the Intermediate Book category is Maxi's Secrets by Lynn Plourde with 591 votes.
Mighty Jack received 507 votes
The Wild Robot received 498 votes.

Winner for the Middle Grades category is Scythe by Neal Shusterman with 181 votes.
Projekt 1065 received 179 votes
A Night Divided received 165. 

1974-2018 YHBA Winners

2019-2020 YHBA nominees
2019-2020 YHBA annotations
Downloadable 2019-2020 bookmark

2018-19 YHBA nominees
2018-19 YHBA annotations

2019-2020 Resources
Picture Book
Intermediate Book - coming soon
Middle Grades - coming soon

2018-2019 Resources

Picture Book
Intermediate Book
Middle Grades


 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 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." If you would like a copy of the Battle of the Books questions, please fill out the form at the bottom of the Battle of the Books webpage.

YHBA Nominations are now closed.
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