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.

 

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.

    2013 Author Honor Books
  • The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, written by Sonia Manzano
  • (no honor books for illustration were awarded in 2013)

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.

    2013 Honor Books
  • Creepy Carrots!, illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
  • Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
  • Green, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
  • Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

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.


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.


Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Awards "honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences." Three books are awarded annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0–8), middle school (age 9–13) and teens (age 14–18). Each book "must emphasize the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and or adolescent audiences. The book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental or emotional." For a complete list of all Scheider Family Book Award winners, visit the ALA 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.