Indian Paintbrush Book Award provides an opportunity for Wyoming youth
in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades to choose their favorite book from a
list of 10 nominees and honor its author.
The Indian Paintbrush Award is unique in that Wyoming students nominate the books as well as vote for the award winner. The philosophy of the Indian Paintbrush Award is to empower students to recognize and read quality contemporary children’s literature.The Indian Paintbrush Book Award is sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association.
Winners & Nominees (2020-2024)
Odder by Katherine Applegate
Mac Undercover (Mac B, Kid Spy #1) by Mac Barnett
Wreck at Ada's Reef (The Swallowtail Legacy #1) by Michael D. Biel
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas
Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship” by Deborah Heiligman
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (#1) by Kwame Mbalia
Ali Cross (#1) by James Patterson
Stay by Bobbie Pyron
The Aquanaut by Dan Santat
A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga
The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo
Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
History Smashers: The Mayflower by Kate Messner
Linked by Gordon Korman
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Switched by Bruce Hale
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
Out of Hiding by Ruth Gruener
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Us, in Progress by Lulu Delacre
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Dear Sister by Alison McGhee
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park
Framed! by James Ponti
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Rising Water by Marc Aronson
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn
Sunny by Jason Reynolds
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
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Committee Composition & Responsibilities
The committee of eight is composed of four members of the Wyoming Library Association (twp school or academic, two public), and fpur members of the Wyoming State Literacy Association.
Each member will serve a 3-year term, with the option to serve a second term. If a member leaves the committee, they are allowed to serve another term if an opening becomes available and they’re willing to do so.
Committee members are responsible for reading widely from the nominations list and contributing insight when building the next year’s list during the annual meeting. The meeting will take place either as a conference call, Zoom, or another online meeting format.
Members may choose to serve as co-chair at any time during their term.
Co-chairs will serve for two years; one incoming and one outgoing. Outgoing co-chair serves as the lead, and trains the incoming co-chair.
The Indian Paintbrush Book Award is jointly sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association (Children’s/YA Section and the School Library/Media Personnel Section) and the Wyoming State Literacy Association.
The Wyoming Library Association established this award in 1985 to promote literacy and encourage conversations around quality literature among Wyoming youth.
Wyoming fourth, fifth, and sixth graders are encouraged to read or listen to as many of the nominated books as possible (a minimum of three) and vote for their favorite. Librarians, teachers, and parents are encouraged to promote these titles and read some of the books aloud to their students.
Books on the list will be accessible to students with a range of reading abilities, and will represent a diversity of characters and experiences. Each spring the students vote, at school or at the public library, for their favorite book from the list. Sponsoring adults collect and submit the votes online through WYLA.org. The committee announces winning titles through the WLA and Wyoming State Literacy Association listservs. Teachers and librarians also share this information directly with students and patrons.
The Indian Paintbrush Book Award Committee begins compiling a list of nominations in January and reads as many of the nominated titles as possible. The committee meets in April to finalize a list of 10 titles. This list becomes the ballot for the next school year, and is shared widely with teachers and librarians.Considerations for Nominated Books
1. Book meets all nominating criteria for award.
2. Committee takes into account the number of individual and school nominations a book receives state-wide.
3. Committee members use professional knowledge of children’s literature to determine the value a book will add to the list.
4. Book must have at least two published reviews, or be considered on its own merit if a book is of local interest or by a Wyoming author.
5. Books in a series may be considered if it’s the first in a series, or if the title stands alone.
6. Books should be designated by publishers or in reviews as appropriate for middle-grade readers (not YA).
7. If possible, at least 50% of nominees should be available in paperback.
8. Committee will consider representing a variety of genres and a diversity of experiences in terms of gender, socioeconomic status, race, etc. when building the list of nominated titles.