2016 - 2017 Winning Title

2015-2016 Voting Breakdown

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2016-2017 Nominees



Promotion Ideas


Book Ordering Information

Posters, Stickers, and Supplies Order

Paper Ballot

Online Voting

Deadline March 30, 2018

Past Winners

Committee and Nominations Information:

2017-2018 Reading List

Online Rating Form

Committee Chairs

Kim Carlson kim.carlson@monticello.k12.ia.us  Jennifer Gassman j_gassman@union.k12.ia.us


The purpose of the Iowa High School Book Award is to promote leisure reading among Iowa high school students and to provide Iowa high school students with a diversified, quality reading list.

In March, high school students across Iowa take part in the nomination of books for the Iowa High School Book Award.  These books are reviewed by the IHSBA committee and teacher librarian volunteer readers and the list is narrowed.  During the summer, the readers read and rate the titles.  The committee members finalize the list in the fall.  The list for the next school year is released in January for the following school year.

Also in March, high school students vote for their favorite book from that year's list.  Voting needs to be submitted to the committee by February 29th.  The winning title is announced at the Iowa Association of School Librarians conference in April.

Selection Criteria