YHBA Books

Young Hoosier Book Award


The Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) program, established by the Indiana Library Federation, is intended to promote recreational reading among Indiana students.  Each year, the YHBA committees select 20 books for the Picture Book list for grades K-3, 20 books for the Intermediate list for grades 4-6, and 20 books for the Middle Grade list for grades 6-8.

YHBA Incentive Program for 4th and 5th Graders


For the school year of 2016-17, MTE fourth and fifth grade students will be encouraged to read the following YHBA titles from the intermediate list.  We have multiple copies of each title in the MTE Library.  Students are also encouraged to look for the print and digital versions of these books in the Carmel Clay Public Library.

Absolutely Almost, by Lisa Graff

Big Bad Detective Agency, by Bruce Hale

Death by Toilet Paper, by Donna Gephart

Double Reverse, by Fred Bowen

The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer Holm

Rain Reign, by Ann Martin

The Rookie Bookie, by L. Jon Wertheim

Serafina's Promise, by Ann E. Burg

Sisters, by Raina Telgemeier

The Zoo at the Edge of the World, by Eric Kahn Gale

Battle of the Books!

Fourth and fifth grade students who read at least 5 titles from the list may join a team to participate in the YHBA Battle of the Books in the spring.

  • Teams are composed of 5 students from the same grade level.
  • Battles will take place during lunch starting in April.
  • Brackets for each grade level will be posted in the library, along with a schedule of battles. 
  • All members of a team must be present for a battle.
  • Each team should bring a scorekeeper to each battle.
  • Each student on the winning teams of 4th and 5th graders will receive a trophy.

Come join the fun!