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 2015-16, 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.


Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betsy Skelton, by Meghan McCarthy

Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World, by Elizabeth Rusch

The Great American Dust Bowl, by Don Brown

How Do you Burp in Space? by Susan E. Goodman



The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond, by Brenda Woods

Dorko the Magnificent, by Andrea Beaty

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein

Gone Fishing: A Novel, by Tamara Will Wissinger

The Pet War, by Allan Woodrow

Wild Born, by Brandon Mull

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!