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. The CALS online catalog has a complete list of Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award winners.

2015-2016 Award Winners


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”. The CALS catalog has a complete list of Pura Belpré Medal winners.

2016 Award Winners

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2016 Author & Illustrator Honor Books

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”. The CALS catalog has a complete list of Geisel Award winners.

2016 Award Winner

2016 Honor Books

  • A Pig, a Fox, and a Box, written & illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
  • Waiting, written & llustrated by Kevin Henkes
  • Supertruck, written & llustrated by Stephen Savage

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. The CALS catalog has a complete list of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature winners.

2015 Award Recipient

2015 Award Finalists

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. The CALS catalog has a complete list of Charlie May Simon Award winners.

2015-2016 Award Winner

2015-2016 Honor Book

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.” The CALS catalog has a complete list of Caldecott Medal winners.

2016 Award Winner

2016 Honor Books

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”. The CALS catalog has a complete list of Coretta Scott King Award winners.

2016 Award Winners

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Illustrator

2016 Author & Illustrator Honor Books

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.” The CALS catalog has a complete list of Newbery Medal winners.

2016 Award Winner

2016 Honor Books

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