As in the past years, Orchard Park students will be participating in the Young Hoosier Book Award Program. The purpose of the program is to stimulate recreational reading among our students. The program started in the 1974-1975 school year with 4,681 Indiana students voting on their favorite book, Trumpet of the Swan. By allowing only students to vote for their favorite books, media professionals hoped that more students could be motivated to read newly published U.S. authors. Each vote is cast locally and then counted at the state level to tally a winner for each grade level category.
There are three lists broken down by grade levels (K-3, 4-6, and 6-8) with 20 book titles on each list. The book nominees are selected by the Association for Media Educators (AIME) committee based on the suggestions submitted by teachers, media specialists, parents, and students. Only the students can vote!
Students in K-3 need to read 12 of the 20 books in order to vote. These could be books that are read out loud by adults to these younger students. In order to be eligible to vote, 4th and 5th graders need to read 5 of 20 books on their list. The voting takes place the last week in April.
If you have any questions about the program, please check out the following website: