Award Winners



Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award

The Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award began 1998 to encourage reading for students in Grades K-3. The award was established to encourage reading for students in Grades K-3. Like the Charlie May Simon Awards, the award is selected by an annual vote. Children in Grades K-3 must have read at least three of the titles from the annual reading list and select one title. For a complete list of all Arkansas Diamond winners, visit the Arkansas State Library website.

 

Charlie May Simon Award

The Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award for children's literature has been presented annually since 1971 to an author whose book has been selected through a vote taken by Arkansas school children in grades four, five and six. The purpose of the award is to promote better reading for children and to recognize Mrs. John Gould Fletcher, an outstanding Arkansas author who wrote under the pen name Charlie May Simon. For a complete list of all Charlie Simon Award winners, visit the Arkansas State Library website.

    2013-2014 Award Winner
  • Eight Keys, by Suzanne LaFleurEight Keys
    by Suzanne LaFleur
 

Pura Belpré Award

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, the Pura Belpré Award is given to the "Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth". For a complete list of all Belpré winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.


Caldecott Medal

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Caldecott Medal is given to "the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in English in the United States during the preceding year." For a complete list of all Caldecott winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

    2014 Award Winner
  • Locomotive, illustrated by Brian FlocaLocomotive
    illustrated by Brian Floca

Geisel Award

Named in honor of Theoder Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, the Geisel Award is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to "the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year". For a complete list of all Geisel winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.


Coretta Scott King Award

Awarded annually by the American Library Association, the King Award is given to "African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions". For a complete list of all King Award winners and honor books, visit the ALA website.


National Book Award

Awarded annually by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award is given to recognize outstanding achievement in four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature. For a list of past winners and nominees, visit the National Book Award website.


Newbery Medal

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Newbery Medal is given to "the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." For a complete list of all Newbery winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.


Sibert Medal

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Sibert Medal is given to "author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished book published in English during the preceding year". For a complete list of all Sibert winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.