Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award

Given by Arkansas Literacy Association

284 Works / 286 Items 158,758 Books 9,771 Reviews 4.2

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), the Arkansas State Library, and the Arkansas Literacy Association are pleased to announce the annual selection process for the Arkansas Diamond Primary

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Titles are selected by the reading committee per established guidelines. Anyone interested in serving on the reading committee can contact Ruth Hyatt at for more information.

The Arkansas Diamond Award winner 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 takes place in May each year.


The Diamond Primary Book Award winner is selected in May by students in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. Cassandra Barnett of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will send out ballot collection forms to all schools in early May. The voting window will last one week. If you need to be added to her distribution list, please email Cassandra at show less

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June 23: Nominee2023 Recent

Winner 25

Honor 25

Third Place 5

Nominee 240

Time for Bed, Old House by Janet Costa Bates2024
Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen2024
I Can Help by Reem Faruqi2024
Don't Hug Doug (He Doesn't Like It) by Carrie Finison2024
Poultrygeist by Eric Geron2024
Change Sings: A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman2024
Norman Didn't Do It!: (Yes, He Did) by Ryan T. Higgins2024
When Langston Dances by Kaija Langley2024
Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham2024
Except Antarctica by Todd Sturgell2024
Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor2024
All We Need by Kathy Wolff2024
The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach2022
The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko2022
A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade2022
A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey2022
Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver by Tami Charles2022
Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons2022
A Scarf for Keiko by Ann Malaspina2022
Anya's Secret Society by Yevgenia Nayberg2022
Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Lesléa Newman2022
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero2022
There's a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor by Wade Bradford2021
Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey2021
The Rough Patch by Brian Lies2021
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen2021
The Hugely-Wugely Spider by Ethan T. Berlin2021
Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker's Story by Joseph Bruchac2021
Sisters and Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Howard Bryant2021
Giraffe Problems by Jory John2021
Goldfish on Vacation by Sally Lloyd-Jones2021
Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer2021
Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scanlon2021
Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds2020
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt2020
Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley2020
Where's Rodney? by Carmen Bogan2020
Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko2020
Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome2020
There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi2020
Great, Now We've Got Barbarians! by Jason Carter Eaton2020
The Boy and the Whale by Mordicai Gerstein2020
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo2020
My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis by Paul Meisel2020
Remembering Vera by Patricia Polacco2020
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat2020
The Fort That Jack Built by Boni Ashburn2015-2016
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt2015-2016
No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou by Rhonda Gowler Greene2015-2016
Lottie Paris and the Best Place by Angela Johnson2015-2016
My Lucky Birthday by Keiko Kasza2015-2016
Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long2015-2016
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough2015-2016
The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco2015-2016
The Favorite Daughter by Allen Say2015-2016
Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares2015-2016
The Very Inappropriate Word by Jim Tobin2015-2016
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett2014-2015
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo2014-2015
Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America's Game by Chris Crowe2014-2015
Lost and Found by Bill Harley2014-2015
A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson2014-2015
Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons2014-2015
The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco2014-2015
Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport2014-2015
There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived by Matt Tavares2014-2015
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems2014-2015
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson2014-2015
The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova2013-2014
The Lost and Found Pony by Tracy Dockray2013-2014
The Quite Contrary Man: A True American Tale by Patricia Rusch Hyatt2013-2014
Waddles by David McPhail2013-2014
Hatch! by Roxie Munro2013-2014
Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco2013-2014
Belle, The Last Mule at Gee's Bend: A Civil Rights Story by Calvin Alexander Ramsey2013-2014
Blackout by John Rocco2013-2014
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree by David Rubel2013-2014
The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve2013-2014
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet2013-2014
The Hallelujah Flight by Phil Bildner2012-2013
The 3 Little Dassies by Jan Brett2012-2013
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill2012-2013
Stand Straight, Ella Kate by Kate Klise2012-2013
Polar Bears by Mark Newman2012-2013
I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufman Orloff2012-2013
Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds2012-2013
Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation by Pat Sherman2012-2013
A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renée Watson2012-2013
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson2012-2013
The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth2011-2012
Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola2011-2012
Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberley2011-2012
Yonderfel's Castle: A Medieval Fable by Jean Gralley2011-2012
Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa2011-2012
Chicken Soup by Jean Van Leeuwen2011-2012
Crow Call by Lois Lowry2011-2012
Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes by Margie Palatini2011-2012
Eleanor, Quiet No More by Doreen Rappaport2011-2012
Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli2011-2012
Duck and Cover by Jackie Urbanovic2011-2012
My Name Is Sangoel by Karen Williams2011-2012
Frogs by Nic Bishop2010-2011
Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin2010-2011
The Wolves Are Back by Jean Craighead George2010-2011
That Book Woman by Heather Henson2010-2011
Spuds by Karen Hesse2010-2011
Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend) by Deborah Hopkinson2010-2011
How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly? by Robin Page2010-2011
Houdini the Amazing Caterpillar by Janet Pedersen2010-2011
Trout Are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre2010-2011
Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic2010-2011
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett2009-2010
The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan2009-2010
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington2009-2010
Papa and the Pioneer Quilt by Jean Van Leeuwen2009-2010
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine2009-2010
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara2009-2010
The Orange Shoes by Trinka Hakes Noble2009-2010
Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed... and Revealed by David M. Schwartz2009-2010
Hair for Mama by Kelly Tinkham2009-2010
Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta2008-2009
My Mom's Wedding by Eve Bunting2008-2009
Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting2008-2009
One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice2008-2009
Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes2008-2009
Sky Boys by Deborah Hopkinson2008-2009
Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor by Emily Arnold McCully2008-2009
Watermelon Wishes by Lisa Moser2008-2009
Night Boat to Freedom by Margot Theis Raven2008-2009
George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor2008-2009
Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom by Tim Tingle2008-2009
Brothers by Yin2008-2009
Grandmama's Pride by Becky Birtha2007-2008
Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements2007-2008
Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin2007-2008
Saving Strawberry Farm by Deborah Hopkinson2007-2008
Nora's Ark by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock2007-2008
Searching for Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison2007-2008
The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud2007-2008
Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg2007-2008
Pinduli by Janell Cannon2006-2007
Jump!: From the Life of Michael Jordan by Floyd Cooper2006-2007
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin2006-2007
The Big Trip by Valeri Gorbachev2006-2007
Photographer Mole by Dennis Haseley2006-2007
Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) across the Plains by Deborah Hopkinson2006-2007
A Packet of Seeds by Deborah Hopkinson2006-2007
Blueberries for the Queen by Katherine Paterson2006-2007
John Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco2006-2007
Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail by Coleen Salley2006-2007
Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog by Pamela S. Turner2006-2007
The Best Kind of Gift by Kathi Appelt2005-2006
No Place for a Pig by Suzanne Bloom2005-2006
Mr. Basset Plays by Dominic Catalano2005-2006
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin2005-2006
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming2005-2006
Mystic Horse by Paul Goble2005-2006
Sherman Crunchley by Laura Numeroff2005-2006
The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison2005-2006
Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver2005-2006
Old Cricket by Lisa Wheeler2005-2006
The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane Auch2004-2005
Goose's Story by Cari Best2004-2005
Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett2004-2005
The Littlest Wolf by Larry Dane Brimner2004-2005
I.Q. Goes to School by Mary Ann Fraser2004-2005
The Teddy Bear by David McPhail2004-2005
Bob by Tracey Campbell Pearson2004-2005
Wanda's Monster by Eileen Spinelli2004-2005
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague2004-2005
Emily's art by Peter Catalanotto2003-2004
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi2003-2004
A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech2003-2004
Miss Renee's Mice by Elizabeth Stokes Hoffman2003-2004
The Mightiest by Keiko Kasza2003-2004
Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. Mckissack2003-2004
The Stray Dog by Marc Simont2003-2004
Sophie's Masterpiece: A Spider's Tale by Eileen Spinelli2003-2004
Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen2002-2003
Rose Red and the Bear Prince by Dan Andreasen2002-2003
If Nathan Were Here by Mary Bahr2002-2003
Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett2002-2003
The Memory String by Eve Bunting2002-2003
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin2002-2003
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg2002-2003
Grandpa's Corner Store by Dyanne Disalvo-ryan2002-2003
Hog Music by M. C. Helldorfer2002-2003
My Two Grandmothers by Effin Older2002-2003
Full Belly Bowl by Jim Aylesworth2001-2002
Mr. Tanen's Ties by Maryann Cocca-Leffler2001-2002
Mama and Me and the Model T by Faye Gibbons2001-2002
Erandi's Braids by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal2001-2002
Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera2001-2002
The Night Iguana Left Home by DK2001-2002
Axle Annie by Robin Pulver2001-2002
Raising Sweetness by Diane Stanley2001-2002
Cook-a-Doodle-Doo by Janet Stevens2001-2002
Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories by Aliki2000-2001
The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold2000-2001
The Crane Wife by Odds Bodkin2000-2001
Tale of a Tail by Judit Z. Bodnar2000-2001
It's going to be perfect by Nancy Carlson2000-2001
The Mightiest Heart by Lynn Cullen2000-2001
Honk!: The Story of a Prima Swanerina by Pamela Duncan Edwards2000-2001
The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox2000-2001
A Christmas Tree in the White House by Gary Hines2000-2001
Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman2000-2001
The Giant Carrot by Jan Peck2000-2001
Aunt Nancy and Cousin Lazybones by Phyllis Root2000-2001
Yoko by Rosemary Wells2000-2001
Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth2000-2001
Emma and the Night Dogs by Susan Bivin Aller1999-2000
The Hat by Jan Brett1999-2000
Moonlight Kite by Helen E. Buckley1999-2000
The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser1999-2000
The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed by Margaret Hodges1999-2000
Tundra Mouse: A Storyknife Tale by Megan McDonald1999-2000
Little Oh by Laura Krauss Melmed1999-2000
Miz Fannie Mae's Fine New Easter Hat by Melissa Milich1999-2000
Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella by Alan Schroeder1999-2000
Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stanley1999-2000
The Gardener by Sarah Stewart1999-2000
Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell1999-2000
Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky1999-2000
Secret Place by Eve Bunting1998-1999
Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting1998-1999
The Bat in the Boot by Annie Cannon1998-1999
Temple Cat by Andrew Clements1998-1999
Livingstone Mouse by Pamela Duncan Edwards1998-1999
The Wolfhound by Kristine Franklin1998-1999
Leah's Pony by Elizabeth Friedrich1998-1999
Mountain Wedding by Faye Gibbons1998-1999
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes1998-1999
Lunch Bunnies by Kathryn Lasky1998-1999
The Dream Jar by Bonnie Pryor1998-1999
One Christmas Dawn by Candice F. Ransom1998-1999
Old Winter by Judith Benet Richardson1998-1999
The Long, Long Letter by Elizabeth Spurr1998-1999
The Garden of Happiness by Erika Tamar1998-1999
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White1998-1999


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