The Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) is an annual book award given by the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) based on votes received from readers. It is divided into three categories: Picture Books (Grades K-2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), and Middle Grade (Grades 6-8). Every year, twenty books are nominated and selected for the final voting list for each of the three categories. Then, readers work their way through the books and choose the winners!
This Year’s Winners
The Indiana Library Federation has announced the 2020-21 Young Hoosier Book Award winners. Check these books out from the Library.
Each year, the YHBA Committee selects books based on suggestions from Indiana teachers, students, and parents. Book nominations for next year can be made by filling out this form for the 2021-22 awards. Here is the criteria:
- Author/Illustrator is alive
- Published within last 5 years
- Book must be in print
- Not on a prior year final list
- Cannot be a Caldecott or Newbery winner
- Seek a variety of genres, diverse authors and characters, appropriate for YHBA grade level
Kids can begin reading selections for the award once the nominated book list has been created. Visit ILF’s Young Hoosier Book Award website to learn more information and check out past winners.