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Eliot Rosewater Book Award - The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools and public libraries who read any of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. The votes are tabulated each May, and the winner is announced.

The author of each year's award-winning book is invited to receive the Rosie Award in person at a special event at the annual conference of the Indiana Library Federation.

The purpose of the Rosie Award is to encourage high school students to read for fun. It also promotes cooperation between school administrators, school librarians, teachers and public librarians in broadening reading programs. Rosie promotes reading across the curriculum.

 Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss - The Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss program develops and promotes lists of books that are ideal for reading out loud to children, teens and adults.  Each year, a committee of school librarians, public librarians, classroom teachers, reading teachers, principals, bookstore operators, and/or university faculty members is formed to develop up to five read-aloud lists: one for primary age students, one for upper elementary, one for middle school students, one for high school students, and an ageless. The lists are publicized and distributed to Indiana schools to encourage sustained reading and oral sharing of literature among teachers and students.


Research demonstrates the importance of reading aloud to children in development of information processing skills, vocabulary and comprehension. The ultimate purpose of the Read-Aloud Books Too Good To Miss program is to promote a love of reading and books and to instill and nurture lifelong reading habits in Indiana students.

Young Hoosier Book Award - 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 student participation in pleasure reading was the thrust behind the creation of Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) Program in 1974-75. By allowing students to vote for their favorite books, media professionals hoped that more students could be motivated to read more newly published books.

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