What are the Eliot Rosewater Books? Each year approximately 20 Young Adult books are nominated for the Eliot Rosewater Award. The nominations are made by school librarians across the state of Indiana and must represent a variety of genres. These titles are promoted across the state in high schools and public libraries. Students vote for their favorite in April and the winner receives the Eliot Rosewater Book Award. If you’re familiar with the Young Hoosier Awards, this program is similar, but just for high school students. The Eliot Rosewater program is sponsored by the Association for Indiana School Library Educators and the Indiana Library Federation.
This year’s selections look fantastic and we have most of them ready to be checked out. We also have most of the titles available through the Indiana Digital Download Center!
You may have one more question before you start to browse the titles. Who was Eliot Rosewater? Eliot Rosewater is a recurring fictional character in Kurt Vonnegut’s novels, including God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Vonnegut is a famous Hoosier author who grew up in Indianapolis. This award was named to honor him and all Indiana writers. The award is often referred to as the “Rosie Award”.
Don’t make the mistake that these are just for Teens! Give one a try and you might find a new favorite author.