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.

2018 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees

Title (Picture Books)


Are We There Yet?

Dan Santat

The Bear Who Wasn't There

LeUyen Pham

Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale

Josh Funk

Eddie the Bully

Henry Cole

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the Zoo

Laura Murray


John Patrick Green

Hotel Bruce

Ryan Higgins

Life On Mars

Jon Agee

Madeline and the Library Dog

Lisa Pappy

Mary Had a Little Glam

Tammi Sauer

The Monster Next Door

David Soman

Nannette's Baguette

Mo Willems

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Ben Clanton

Schnitzel: A Cautionary Tale for Lazy Louts

Stephanie Shaw

They All Saw a Cat

Brendan Wentzel

This Is My Book

Mark Pett

Wolf Camp

Andrea Zuill

Woodpecker Wants a Waffle

Steve Breen

Title (Intermediate)


The Flashback Four: The Lincoln Project

Dan Gutman


Tom Angleberger

Garvey's Choice

Nikki Grimes

Gertie's Leap to Greatness

Kate Beasley

The Great Shelby Holmes

Elizabeth Eulberg

Hamstersaurus Rex

Tom O'Donnell

The Haunted House Project

Tricia Clasen

The Infinity Year of Avalon James

Dana Middleton

Maxi's Secrets

Lynnn Plourdre

Mighty Jack

Ben Hatke

The Rookie of the Year

Phil Bildner

Some Kind of Courage

Dan Gemeinhart

Steamboat School

Deborah Hopkinson

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Keu Taught the World about Kindness

Donna Bowman

The Sweetest Sound

Sherri Winston

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Chris Barton

The Wild Robot

Robert Brown


Barbara O'Connor

Word of Mouse

James Patterson

Title (Middle Grades)



Alyssa Sheinmel

Falling Over Sideways

Jordan Sonnenblick


Jason Reynolds

The Hidden Oracle

Rick Riordan

Hour of the Bees

Lindsay Eagar

House Arrest

K.A. Holt

Love & Gelato

Jenna Evans Welch

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy

Noelle Stevenson

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

John David Anderson


Joelle Charbonneau

A Night Divided

Jennifer Nielsen

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game Called Life

Kwame ALexander

Projekt 1065

Alan Gratz

Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys


Neal Shusterman

Some Kind of Happiness

Claire Legrand


Mary Downing Hahn

Top Prospect

Paul Volponi

When Friendship Followed Me Home

Paul Griffin

Wolf Hollow

Lauren Wolk