Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award
There have been many questions concerning voting for the Charlie May Simon and Arkansas Diamond Book Awards. 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, Cassandra.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award was established by the Arkansas Elementary School Council in 1998 to encourage reading for students in Grades K-3. The name of the award was chosen because Arkansas is the only diamond producing state. The Arkansas Diamond 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 may vote for one title. Student voting is done in May each year. If you are interested in joining the reading committee for this award, please contact Ruth Hyat email@example.com
2020-2021 Reading List Voting in May 2021
2019-2020 Reading List Voting in the first week of May 2020
2019 Winner! Thank you to everyone who voted!!
2nd and 3rd
Contact Person: Ruth Hyatt
Phone Number: 501-682-2860
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), the Arkansas State Library, and the Arkansas Reading Association are pleased to announce the annual selection process for the books to receive the Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award and the Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award.
The book to receive the Diamond Primary Book Award will be selected in April by students in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. It is hoped that students in the schools have been participating in reading these books and that teachers and library media specialists have selected some titles for reading aloud. Please note that children in Grades K-3 will need to have read or heard at least three of the books from the 2018-2019 Diamond list in order to vote. It should be made clear to the children that they may vote for only one title.
Because of the age group involved in the Diamond Primary Book Award, the reading committee suggests that when books are read to children, the teachers or library media specialists may wish to devise a plan for helping the children vote on the books. This may be done by reading all the books to the children in a condensed amount of time and then asking the children to vote, or the books may have been read to the children over an extended period of time but a review of the books may be necessary for children to vote. Young children may have forgotten some of the books if the books were read at the beginning of the year.
Like the Charlie May Simon Award, the Arkansas Diamond 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 may vote for one title. Student voting is done in May each year.
If you have questions about the awards or reading lists, please contact Ruth Hyatt at the Arkansas State Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, 501-682-2860.
- 2018 Winners Announcements - PDF
- 2017 Winners Announcements - PDF
- 2016 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award (Grades K-3)
- Tally Sheet (ADE) will be open to submit votes May, 2019
- Diamond Ballot Tabulation – PDF
- Diamond Student Ballot – PDF
- Diamond Recommendation Form - PDF
- Reading List 2015-2016 – PDF
- Reading List 2016-2017 – PDF
- Reading List 2017-2018 - PDF
- Reading List 2018-2019 - PDF
- Previous Reading Lists – PDF
- Diamond Award Winners 1998 to Current – PDF
- Diamond Reading Committee Guidelines - PDF Under Revision