Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award
What is it? TheEliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosenannually by Indiana students in grades nine through twelve. Students atparticipating high schools and public libraries who read any ofapproximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they'veread. Ballots are available on the Rosie website. The votes are countedeach May, and the winner is announced. Theauthor of the year's award-winning book is invited to receive the RosieAward in person at a special event sponsored by the Association forIndiana Media Educators and the Indiana Library Federation.
Purpose......Thepurpose of the Rosie Award is to encourage high school students to readfor fun. It also promotes cooperation between school administrators,media specialists, teachers and public librarians in broadening readingprograms. Rosie promotes reading across the curriculum.
History......EliotRosewater is a recurring fictional character in Kurt Vonnegut's novels,including God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Vonnegut is a famous Hoosierauthor who grew up in Indianapolis. This award was named to honor himand all Indiana writers. The award is often referred to as the "RosieAward" or "Rosie."
Selection.....Acommittee of Indiana high school students, media specialists, publiclibrarians, and English teachers compiles each year's list of nominatedtitles. Books must meet the following guidelines to be eligible forconsideration: