2021-2022 Winners

2022 Arkansas Diamond Primary Award Winner: The Very Impatient Caterpillar written and illustrated by Ross Burach

Scholastic Press, 2019

When a group of caterpillars scamper up a tree to metamorphosize, one of them is still learning about this whole transformation thing.

Who knew that with a little time, and patience, he could become a beautiful butterfly? But the two-week wait inside his chrysalis feels interminable. His fellow caterpillars all tell him to be patient and let nature take its course, but the waiting is just so hard. Can he do it??

With warmth, wit, and a flair for hilarious cartooning, Ross Burach turns a relatable feeling and an evergreen curriculum topic into an endearing picture book that has all the hallmarks of a modern classic.

Honor Book: The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko; illustrated by Ruth Chan
Disney-Hyperion, 2019

When a human family goes camping every year, woodland creatures move into their house for a week of relaxing in the great indoors, where they enjoy dance parties, the wonders of refrigeration, and good cell phone reception.

Third Place Recognition: A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade; illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2019

The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson–made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures–who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon!

Award-winning author Suzanne Slade and debut artist Veronica Miller Jamison tell the story of a NASA “computer” in this smartly written, charmingly illustrated biography.

2021-2022 Full Nominee List

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