Delaware Diamonds

The purpose of this award program:
  • to encourage young readers in Delaware to become better acquainted with quality literature
  • to expose students to recent books
  • to honor favorite books and authors
  • to broaden students’ awareness of literature as a lifelong pleasure

Students will be asked to vote for their favorite book from a list of titles. In order to be eligible to vote, a kindergarten, first, or second grade student must read or listen to 8 of the 12 nominated books. A third through twelfth grade student must read or listen to 4 of the 10 nominated books.

For questions, contact: Ceci McCormick and Karen Gordon (Elementary)
Kelley Wilson and Megan McCrery (Secondary)
Delaware Diamonds Winning Titles for 2018
  • K-2, Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, Lisa Papp
  • Gr. 3-5, Seven and a Half Tons of Steel, Janet Nolan
  • Gr. 6-8, Scar Island, Dan Gemeinhart
Delaware Diamond K-2 Titles

The Curse of Einstein’s Pencil              Deborah Zemke

Dad and the Dinosaur                           Gennifer Choldenko

Follow the Moon Home                        Philippe Cousteau

I Am Jim Henson                                  Brad Meltzer

King & Kayla and the Case of the

Secret Code                                         Dori Hillestad Butler

A Letter to My Teacher                         Deborah Hopkinson

Lexie the Word Wrangler                      Rebecca VanSlyke

My Dog’s a Chicken                                Susan McElroy Montanari

The Quickest Kid In Clarksville             Pat Zietlow Miller

The Ring Bearer                                      Floyd Cooper

Sarabella’s Thinking Cap                        Judy Schachner

Steppin’ Out                                             Lin Oliver

Delaware Diamonds Grades 3-5 Titles

Dazzle Ships                                            Chris Barton

Feel the Beat                                           Marilyn Singer

Flowers for Sarajevo                              John McCutcheon

Her Right Foot                                        Dave Eggers

Lemons                                                  Melissa Savage

The Nantucket Sea Monster                 Darcy Pattison

Pink Is For Blobfish                               Jess Keating

Ruby Lee & Me                                      Shannon Hitchcock

She Persisted                                         Chelsea Clinton

Take a Picture of Me, James
VanDerZee!                                             Andrea J. Loney

Delaware Diamond Grades 6-8 Titles

Booked                                                                                                                                   Kwame Alexander

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans                                                              Don Brown

The War that Saved My Life                                                                                                   Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook                                                                               Leslie Connor

Cuckoo Song                                                                                                                          Frances Hardinge

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary                                                                           Gail Jarrow

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March,    Lynda Blackmon Lowery

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, Book 1)                                                                Rick Riordan

Ghosts                                                                                                                                     Raina Telgemeier

Wolf Hollow                                                                                                                           Lauren Wolk