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Read about the life of Charlie May (Hogue) Simon, a children’s book author who is the namesake of a literary award that honors books selected by the votes of Arkansas children at

Charlie May Simon had a challenging life, having experienced poverty, young widowhood, and issues in her marriages. Her most successful book, Robin on the Mountain, was published in 1934 and was about life in the Ozarks.

Her husband, John Gould, was an established writer before meeting Charlie May Simon. In their 14-year marriage, his career took priority. However, Simon’s legacy has lasted longer than she probably would have imagined through the annual children’s writing competition in her name.

They lived in a house called “Johnswood” that was designated as a national landmark and considered for possibly opening to the public. Since that has not happened, we suggest checking out the library named for her husband, the John Gould Fletcher Library (Little Rock).

The John Gould Fletcher Library is the fourth stop on our Arkansas Trail!

Patricia Smart