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May 31, 2024

2024 Indiana Book Awards

Indiana book awards 2024

Want to know what your fellow Hoosiers are reading? “The Indiana Library Federation supports three annual book award programs. The book award programs seek to foster self-selected reading by engaging students and adults in the selection, promotion and recognition of honored books.”

Here are the 2023-2024 selections for the Young Hoosier Book Awards for children in K-8th grade, the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award for high school students, and the Read Aloud Indiana booklist with titles for children, teens, and adults. Happy Reading!

Young Hoosier Book Awards

Picture Book Winners

There's a Ghost in this House by Oliver JeffersThere’s a Ghost in This House

By Oliver Jeffers

The girl who lives here has never seen a ghost. What do they look like? White with holes for eyes? Can you even see them? Turn the pages as you help her search her haunted house for them!





chez bob by bob sheaChez Bob

By Bob Shea

Now open: Bob the alligator’s new restaurant! There’s only one catch—its located on his snout! Can the birdies resist visiting this new dining experience, or, can Bob resist them?





Something's Wrong!- A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear by Jory JohnSomething’s Wrong! A Bear, A Hare, and Some Underwear

By Jory John

Jeff the bear knows there’s something wrong—he just can’t figure out what people are talking about until his BFF Anders the rabbit clues him in.





Intermediate Winners

what comes next rob buyeaWhat Comes Next

By Rob Buyea

Thea’s parents think starting over in a new city will help her deal with the tragic loss of a friend. But it takes the help of a rescue puppy—Jack-Jack—for Thea to open up to new ideas.





The Hiddenseek by Nate CernosekThe Hiddenseek

By Nate Cernosek

The Hiddenseek is a gloomy place where you land if you’re not found in the game hide-andseek. Its up to Holly ad Hector Thorn to defeat “It” —the witch in charge—to break the curse and return home.





allergic by megan wager lloydAllergic

By Megan Wagner Lloyd

Maggie’s busy household doesn’t seem to have time for her. When she goes looking for a furry friend, she discovers she’s allergic! Can she find the pet for her?





Middle Grade Winners

alone by megan freemanAlone

By Megan E. Freeman

A planned lie plunges Maddie into a nightmare world where she is trapped in an abandoned town with no internet or electricity. She must hone her skills and learn to survive on her own.




starfish by lisa fippsStarfish

By Lisa Fipps

Constantly bullied for being overweight, Ellie invents her own “fat girl rules” to cope. She soon finds that swimming pools give her a sense of confidence and she can finally be herself.




fighting words by Kimberly Brubaker BradleyFighting Words

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Constantly bullied for being overweight, Ellie invents her own “fat girl rules” to cope. She soon finds that swimming pools give her a sense of confidence and she can finally be herself.




Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award)


These Violent Delights by Chloe GongThese Violent Delights
By Chloe Gong

In 1926 Shanghai, eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, heir of the Scarlet Gang, and her first love-turned-rival Roma Montagov, leader of the White Flowers, must work together when mysterious deaths threaten their city.





Honor Book

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie GarberOnce Upon a Broken Heart

By Stephanie Garber

Desperate to stop her beloved from marrying another, sixteen-year-old Evangeline Fox strikes a deal with the mythic Prince of Hearts leading her down a dangerous path that may ultimately end in her destruction.





Read Aloud Indiana 

“The Read Aloud Indiana program fosters a love of reading and the sound of language. It consists of five read-aloud lists: one each for primary school, upper elementary, middle grade, high school, and ageless. The lists are publicized and distributed to encourage sustained reading and oral sharing of literature among teachers and students.”

See the 2024 Read Aloud Indiana list.