Charlie May Simon Book Award (Grades 4-6)
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.
Charlie May Simon was born August 17, 1897, at Monticello, Arkansas, but moved to Memphis at an early age. She attended Memphis State University, Stanford University and the Chicago Art Institute. She returned to Arkansas after she married John Gould Fletcher in 1936. Throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Fletcher traveled extensively, gathering information for her many prize winning biographies. She lived at Johnswood, her home in Little Rock, until her death in 1977.
During her distinguished career, Charlie May Simon wrote over 27 books for children and young adults. Her first work, ROBIN ON THE MOUNTAIN, was published in 1934 and is considered a classic in children's literature. Other works include STRAW IN THE SUN, ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS, and FAITH HAS NEED OF ALL THE TRUTH.
2017 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Winner
The 2017 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Wimmer is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, published by Houghton Mifflin/ Harcourt.
2017 Simon Honor Book
El Deafo by Cece Bell, published by Abrams/Amulet, is the Honor Book for the 2017 Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award.
The Simon Reading List for 2017-2018 is now available.
Links to the 2017 Simon Student Ballot and 2017 Teacher Tabulation Form are available here in March 2017.
Contact Person: Cathy Howser
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 Charlie May Simon (CMS) Children’s Book Award will be selected by children in Grades 4, 5 and 6. This year’s award will be selected by children across Arkansas who have been participating in reading these books, and hearing the books read aloud by teachers and library media specialists. This is an opportunity to engage the children in reading carefully selected books from this year’s list. Please note that children in Grades 4, 5 and 6 should have read or heard at least three of the books from the 2016-2017 Simon list in order to vote.
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.
The 2017-2018 reading lists (pdf) for both the Arkansas Diamond Primary Award and the Charlie May Simon Book Award will be available in March.
The results of this year’s voting will be posted in May 2017.
If you have any questions about the reading lists or the award, contact Cathy Howser, firstname.lastname@example.org , 501-682-2860.
- 2017 Winners Announcements - PDF
- 2016 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Winners
- Tally Sheet (ADE)
- Simon Ballot Tabulation – PDF
- Simon Student Ballot – PDF
- Simon Recommendation Form - PDF
- Reading List 2015-2016 - PDF
- Reading List 2016-2017 - PDF
- Reading List 2017-2018 - PDF
- Previous Reading Lists - PDF
- Simon Award Winners 1971 to Current - PDF
- Simon Reading Committee Guidelines - PDF