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Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School
Book Award


The Purpose

The purpose of the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) program is to encourage high school students to read for fun. It also promotes cooperation between school administrators, media specialists, classroom teachers, and public librarians in broadening reading programs. Rosie promotes reading across the curriculum. The Rosie Award is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades 9-12. Students at participating high schools who read at least five of the approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to vote for their favorite. The votes are tabulated each April, 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 sponsored by the Association for Indiana Media Educators and the Indiana Library Federation.

Who is 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” or “Rosie.”

How Nominees are Selected

Each year a commitee of Indiana high school students, media specialists, classroom teachers, and public librarians, compiles a list of nominated titles. A book is eligible for nomination if it:

1. Is in print at the time of the nomination

2. Has not been a previous nominee