Youth Book Awards
Award books in the Children's Department can be recognized by the special sticker on the book's spine label. Young Hoosier nominees are labeled with a color for each school year. Only the most recent two years are guaranteed to be owned by WCPL.
Caldecott - The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Newbery - The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Young Hoosier - The Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) program began during the 1974-1975 school year to provide a peer driven list of new books for pleasure reading. This list is created by a committee of school and public librarians based on suggestions received from students, parents, teachers, and library professionals. YHBAs are unique because the nomiated books must have been published in the last 5 years and cannot have won a Caldecott or Newbery Medal. Winners are chosen by K-8 students who have read 12 of the 20 books nominated in their chosen categories.
For more information or lists of winners, please click on the award name to be taken to the award's website.