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.

2013 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees

Title (Picture Books) Author
All The Way To America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel Dan Yaccarino
Argus Michelle Knudsen
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade Melissa Sweet
Blackout John Rocco
Cat Secrets Jeff Czekaj
E-mergency! Tom Lichtenheld
Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems Kristine O'Connel George
Firehouse Light Janet Nolan
Holler Loudly Cynthia Leitich Smith
Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator Mo Willems
Me-Jane Patrick McDonnell
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughers Barack Obama
Perfect Square Michael Hall
Pig Kahuna Jennifer Sattler
Rosa's Bus Jo S. Kittinger
Same, Same but Different Jenny Kostecki-Shaw
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature Joyce Sidman
The Little Red Pen Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel
Three Hens and a Peacock Lester Laminack
Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku Lee Wardlaw