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Young Hoosier Book Award Program

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.

Picture Book: Can I Be Your Dog? By Troy Cummings
Intermediate Book: A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Middle Grades: New Kid by Jerry Craft


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. 

Posted on July 19, 2021

by Aimee Meier

Aimee Meier

Aimee Meier

Aimee is our UX and Trainer, but not the type that makes you skinny or buff. She has been a trainer for nearly 15 years, with a focus in technology. She is also a coffee-drinker, audiobook addict, mom, and cat collector. Much of her spare time is spent in a gym watching volleyball. She escapes to a beach or pool whenever she can. She is also a soup making champion as she has won the library’s soup-off competition two years in a row!
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