Lights Out

  • Finalist for SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text

Badger’s Perfect Garden

  • 2019 Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal

  • 2020-2021 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Nominee

  • 2020 Growing Good Kids Excellence in Children’s Literature Award, selected by the American Horticultural Society and National Junior Master Gardener Program

Mine. Yours.

  • The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019

Galápagos Girl

  • Campoy-Ada honor book, North American Academy of the Spanish Language – 2018
  • Bank Street Best Book of the Year – 2019
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Green Prize for Sustainable Literature 2019
  • 2019 Little Read Lakeshore Community Read

Lost. Found.

  • L. L. Beans’ Northern Lights’ Celebration Storywalk
  • Firefly Scholastic Book Club
  • 2015 Nerdy Book Club Award
  • Junior Library Guild Selection 2015
  • Bank Street Best Children’s Books of 2016
  • Winterkids’ of Maine 2019 Storywalk
  • 3 Starred Reviews –Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Roar of a Snore

  • Northern California Book Award nominee – Children’s Literature
  • Starred review – School Library Journal
  • Bank Street Best Children’s Books of 2008
  • Dollywood Foundation Imagination Library selection – 2010, 2011, 2012

Hugs on the Wind

  • Family Choice Award 2006

Prancing, Dancing Lily

  • IRA-CBC Children’s Choices List
  • Mississippi Mockingbird award nominee
  • Master Reading List – Missouri
  • 150 Best Kansas Books, selected for the 2011 Kansas Sesquicentennial by Kansas State Library

Metro Cat

  • Society of Illustrators Original Art Show juried exhibition, NYC

The Bravest of Us All

  • Atlanta Parent Monthly Best Books
  • Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award nominee, Kansas Reading Association
  • Missouri Show Me Readers Award Nominee
  • Missouri Reading Circle
  • Tennessee Volunteer State Award nominee
  • Mississippi Magnolia award nominee
  • 150 Best Kansas Books, selected for Kansas Sesquicentennial by Kansas State Library

The Pumpkin Runner

  • Smithsonian’s Notable Book
  • Outstanding Book, Westchester Library Master List
  • Missouri Show Me Readers Award Nominee
  • Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Nominee
  • First story in Houghton Mifflin 4th grade reader for over 10 years.

The Chicken Salad Club

  • American Bookseller’s Pick of the List
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • Maryland Children’s Book Award Nominee

Heart of a Tiger

  • Ridgway Award -Best First Book
  • IRA Children’s Book Award – Distinguished Book
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Houston Chronicle “Best Books of ’95 Roundup
  • Missouri Show Me Readers Award Winner
  • Washington Children’s Choice Award Winner
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Winner
  • SCBWI Book List for Children in Crises