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Young Hoosier Books....what are they?

Since 1974, the purpose of the Young Hoosier Book Award Program has been to promote pleasure reading among elementary school children through collaborations among administrators, school media specialists, teachers, public libraries, and the community.

20 books from 3 categories (picture book, intermediate, and middle grade) are nominated for the award each year by a committee of teachers and librarians.

Please Read and Vote!

Voting for your favorite Young Hoosier Book is simple.

1. Read 5 of the 20 nominees from one, two or all three of the categories.

2. Get a ballot sheet from your teacher or librarian.

3. Vote for the book you think is best and turn it back in to your teacher.

The votes must be in by the end of April and the winner is chosen in May. For more information regarding the Young Hoosier Book Award please click on the following link.

2014-2015 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees--Middle Grades

After Eli by Rebecca Rupp

Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve


Cardboard by Doug TenNapal

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

Fourmile by Watt Key

Hades, Lord of the Dead by George O’Connor

Here Lies Linc by Delia Ray

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz

Jump into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall

Lincoln’s Last Days: The Shocking

Assassination That Changed America

Forever by Bill O’Reilly

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

One for the Murphys by Lynda Hunt

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

2014-2015 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees--Intermediate

Arlington: The Story of Our

Nation’s Cemetery by Chris


Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene


Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson

Cardboard by Doug TenNapal

Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close

Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery in Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns

Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings

Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan

Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women by Kathleen Krull

May B.: A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose

Nic Bishop Snakes by Nic Bishop

Plunked by Michael Northrup

The Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Sophie Simon Solves Them All by Lisa Graff

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey

Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice Wonder by R. J. Palacio

2014-2015 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees--Picture Book

A Home for Bird by Philip Stead

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick

Chopsticks by Amy Rosenthal

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron


Dreaming Up: A Celebration of

Building by Christy Hale

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr.

Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

George Washington’s Birthday: A Mostly True Tale by Margaret McNamara

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett & Gary Rubinstein

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

It’s All About Me-ow: A Young Cat’s Guide to the Good Life by Hudson Talbott

Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins

Little Sweet Potato by Amy Bloom

Mousetronaut: Based on a (Partially) True Story by Mark Kelly

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter

Nightsong by Ari Berk

Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills

Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine by Allison Wortche

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham