2009 began a cooperative effort toward the establishment of the first Arkansas Teen Book Award. Arkansas recognizes quality children’s literature through the Charlie May Simon and Arkansas Diamond awards, yet the acknowledgment of young adult literature had been greatly neglected. The purpose of this award is to encourage young adults across Arkansas to read. The award recognizes books in two divisions: Level 1, 7th-9th grade and Level 2, 10th-12th grade. The books chosen for the final teen reading lists are read and voted on by teachers and librarians across Arkansas.