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Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees for 2022-2023

The Young Hoosier Book Award is an award given out each year to books chosen by Indiana students in 3 categories. I love this award because it encourages kids to read, and then participate in voting for their favorites.

When I first moved to Indiana, I thought the award was given to Indiana authors. I only recently understood that the authors could be from anywhere, but to vote on the books you had to live in Indiana and be a student. Isn't that awesome?!


The nominees for the 2022-2023 award were recently announced by the Indiana Library Federation - the committee in charge of the award. Have you read any of these yet? There are so many good ones, but I am particularly excited for Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson, because we've got a book box featuring it coming out soon!


Picture Book Nominees


Amy Wu and the PatchworkDragon by Kat Zhang

Argh! There's a Skeleton Inside You! by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost

The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann

Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim

Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct by Drew Sheneman

Donut Feed the Squirrels by Mika Song

Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg MEdina

Fussy Flamingo by Shelly Vaughan James and Matthew Rivera

Hike by Pete Oswald

I Am the Storm by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple

Kitty and Dragon by Meika Hashimoto and Gillian Reid

The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi and Lorena Alvarez

My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World by Malcolm MItchell and Michael Robertson

Not an Alphabet Book: The Case of the Missing Cake by Eoin McLaughlin and Marc Boutavant

On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex

Oona by Kelly DiPucchio and Raissa Figueroa

Puppy Problems by Paige BRaddock

A Rainbow of Rocks by Kate DePalma

Sullivan, Who Is Always Too Loud by Micol Ostlow

The Word for Friend by Aidan Cassie


Intermediate Nominees


Alone in the Woods by Rebecca Behrens

The Comeback by E.L Shen

Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders

The Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster

The Explorer's Code by Allison Hymas

The Fabled Life of Aesop by Ian Lendler and Pamela Zagarenski

History Smashers: The Mayflower by Kate Messner and Dylan Meconis

HOneybee: The Busy LIfe og Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

The Magic Eraser by Aaron Starmer

Max and the MIdknights: Battle of the Bodkins by LIncoln Peirce

Millionaires for the Month by Stacy McAnulty

Mr. Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon by Sally GArdner and Nick Maland

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate and Patricia Castalao

The Screaming Hairy Armadillo and 76 Other Animals With Wild, Weird Names by Matthew Murrie and Steve Murrie

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake and Jon Klassen

The SMartest Kid in the Universe by Chris GRabenstein

This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

Three Keys by Kelly Yang

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson

Who Got Game? Baseball Amazing But True Stories by Derrick Barnes


Middle Grade Nominees


96 Miles by J.L. Esplin

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodsen

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling

The City of the Plague Gods by Sarwat Chadda

City Spies by James Ponti

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone

Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

In the Hall With the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

My Life as a Potato by Arianne Costner

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy COlbert

The Radium Girls: Young Reader's Edition: The Scary But True Story of the Poison that Made People Glow by Kate Moore

Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

Whispering Pines by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski

Yara's Spring by Sharon McKay and Jamal Saeed


To check out this years winners, and vote for the next winners, check out Indiana Library Federations page.

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