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Arkansas Diamond Award Information

2020-2021 Nominees and Resources

Charlie May Simon

- List of Nominees -

Arkansas Diamond Primary Award

- List of Nominees -

2019-2020 Nominees and Resources

NOTE:  The two award committees met and made the decision to postpone the voting for the 2019-2020 awards until this fall.  By delaying the vote, more students will be able to participate.  All schools and public libraries will be notified once schools are back in session this fall and plans for the new vote are in place.

Questions should be directed to Cassandra Barnett:

 2018-2019 Winners

Charlie May Simon

    • Winner
        • Wish by Barbara O'Connor
    • 2nd Place Honor
        • Soar by Joan Bauer
    • 3rd Place Honor
      • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

Arkansas Diamond Primary Award

    • Winner
        • Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
    • 2nd Place 
        • Whoosh by Chris Barton
    • 3rd Place
        • The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller

Preview Lists Below


Charlie May  Simon Reading List
Diamond Reading List 

2018-2019 Overviews 

Thanks to Cora E.llsworth, Perma Bound in Arkansas, 

for providing the Overviews.

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award 2018

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone Roach, published by Knopf, is the winner of the 2018 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award.

Arkansas Diamond Primary Honor Book 

Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook 

written and illustrated by Anne Vittur Kennedy, published by Candlewick, is the Honor Book for the 2018 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award. 

Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award 2016-2017

The Crossover
written by Kwame Alexander
 2017 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award. 

Charlie May Simon Children's Honor Book 2016-2017

El Deafo
written by Cece Bell
2017 Charlie May Simon Honor Book


Charlie May Simon Book Award

    • Established 1971
    • Students in Grades 4-6
    • To promote better reading for children


Diamond Primary Book Award

    • Since 1998
    • Students in Grades K-3

    • To encourage reading for students in Grades K-3


Simon and Diamond Award Winners

Address: 902 Golf View Drive, Searcy, AR 72143
Phone: (501) 940-1172

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