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Soon Time to Vote for Favorites -2017-2018

April is the month that students may begin voting for their favorite Charlie May Simon/Diamond Primary book!

Charlie May Simon

Arkansas Diamond Award

This year the votes for both awards will be submitted electronically.  The Student Ballots and Ballot Tabulation forms for both the Diamond Primary Book Award and Charlie May Simon Book Award are available on the Arkansas State Library website.  These ballots may be reproduced by the schools and used by the students to vote.  The votes should then be tallied in each school and total votes for each title should be entered electronically on the tally sheets.  

Votes should be submitted electronically between May 1 and May 5, 2017.

Kudos to all the teachers and media specialists who are hosting voting parties and other activities that encourage students and get them excited about reading. 

The Charlie May Simon Reading List for 2018-2019  and the Arkansas Diamond Reading List for 2018-2019 are now available.

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award 2016-2017

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
written by Katherine Applegate
illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Winner of the 2017
Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award.

Arkansas Diamond Primary Honor Book 

My Teacher Is A Monster! (No, I Am Not.)
written and illustrated by Peter Brown
and illustrated by Dave Coverly, is the
2017 Arkansas Diamond Primary Honor Book

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: 3450 Clearwell Rd., Conway, AR  72034
Phone: (501) 908-4461

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