The purpose of the Young Hoosier Book Award Program is to stimulate recreational reading among elementary and middle school/junior high school children and to encourage cooperation between administrators, school media specialists, teachers, public libraries, and the community in providing reading experiences for Indiana school children.

2016 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees

Title (Picture Books)


A Bean, A Stalk, & a Boy Named Jack

William Joyce


John Rocco

Building Our House

Jonathan Bean


Aaron Reynolds

Dog vs. Cat

Chris Gall


Kelly DiPucchio

Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears

Corey Schwartz


Jason Chin

Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons

Jon Muth

The Invisible Boy

Trudy Ludwig

It's An Orange Aardvark!

Michael Hall

Ivan: The Remarkable Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Katherine Applegate

Mogie: The Heart of the House

Kathi Appelt

My Grandfather's Coat

Jim Aylesworth

My Pet Book

Bob Stake

My Teacher is a Monster

Peter Brown

Papa's Mechanical Fish

Candace Fleming

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

Patrick McDonnell

The Watermelon Seed

Greg Pizzoli

Xander's Panda Party

Linda Sue Park

Title (Intermediate)


Absolutely Almost

Lisa Graff

Arcady's Goal

Eugene Yelchin

Big Bad Detective Agency

Bruce Hale

Death by Toilet Paper

Donna Gephart

Double Reverse

Fred Bowen

El Deafo

Cece Bell

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Jennifer Holm

Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey

Loree Griffin Burns

Hook's Revenge

Heidi Schulz

Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters, (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Kathleen Krull

Mr. Ferris & His Wheel

Kathryn Gibbs Davis

Rain Reign

Ann Martin

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

Jen Bryant

The Rookie Bookie

L. Jon Wertheim

Running Out of Night

Sharon Lovejoy

Serafina's Promise

Ann E. Burg


Raina Telgemeier

With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School

Suzanne Slade

Words with Wings

Nikki Grimes

The Zoo at the Edge of the World

Eric Kahn Gale

Title (Middle Grades)


Chasing the Milky Way

Erin Moulton

Counting by 7s

Holly Sloan


Pam Munoz Ryan


Lou Anders

Greenglass House

Kate Milford

How the Beatles Changed the World

Martin Sandler

I Kill the Mockingbird

Paul Acampora

If You're Reading This

Trent Reedy

The Iron Trial

Cassandra Clare

March: Book One

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

Ms. Marvel: Volume 1- No Normal

G. Willow Wilson

The Night Gardener

Jonathan Auxier

The Selection

Kiera Cass


Brandon Sanderson

Stella by Starlight

Sharon Draper

The Swap

Megan Shull

Tabula Rasa

Kristen Martin-Lippert


Eliot Schrefer

Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey From Airman to Castaway to Captive

Laura Hillenbrand

The Walk On

John Feinstein