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Who May Participate?

Any school or public library in Indiana serving students in grades K-8 may participate if it:

  • Makes sure at least 12 of the 20 nominated titles in a category are available to students.
  • Provides ballots for each student who has read or heard read at least 12 of the Primary Picture Book nominees or five of the nominated books in the Intermediate or three of the nominated books in the Middle Grades categories.
  • Tallies its students' voting forms and reports the results to the Indiana Library Federation office by May 1 (June 1 for 2020).

Who May Vote?

Voting forms (ballots) should be provided to any student in a participating school who has read or has heard read:

  • 12 of the 20 books nominated in the Picture Book category
  • 5 of the 20 books nominated in the Intermediate category
  • 3 of the 20 books nominated in the Middle Grades category

The winning authors for the Intermediate and Middle Grades categories, as well as the author and illustrator for the Picture Book category, are presented with a commemorative symbol of the award at the annual fall conference of the Indiana Library Federation. Schools and public libraries are encouraged to develop a YHBA partnership. 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.)  

Please click here for a 2019-2020 YHBA participation certificate.

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