List of Major Awards

  • 2017 National Network of Teachers of the Year Social Justice Award 2017 (Across the Alley)
  • 2017 Sydney Taylor Award Silver Medal – Association of Jewish Libraries (Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy)
  • 2017 Junior Library Guild Gold Medal (The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew)
  • 2016 Junior Library Guild Gold Medal (Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy)
  • 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship (More Money than God)
  • 2016 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist (More Money than God)
  • 2015 Massachusetts Book Award Finalist (S is for Sea Glass)
  • 2014 Cybils Nominee (poetry)
  • 2013 Harlem Book Fest Phillis Wheatley Award finalist (Twice As Good)
  • 2012 Parents Choice Award (Twice As Good)
  • 2012 Gillette Burgess Award (Twice as Good)
  • 2011 National Jewish Book Award finalist (Lipman Pike)
  • 2011 New York Times Notable Children’s Book (Lipman Pike)
  • 2011 National Council for Social Studies – Notable Trade Book (Busing Brewster)
  • 2010 New York Times: 8 Notable Children’s Books of 2010 (Busing Brewster)
  • 2010 New York Times: 10 Best Illustrated Books (Busing Brewster)
  • 2010 Amazon.com – 12 Best Children’s Books of the Decade (As Good As Anybody)
  • 2009 Sydney Taylor Award Gold Medal – Association of Jewish Libraries (As Good As Anybody)
  • 2009 Massachusetts Book Award finalist (As Good As Anybody)
  • 2009 National Jewish Book Award finalist (As Good As Anybody)
  • 2009 Skipping Stones Multicultural Book Award (As Good As Anybody)
  • 2009 Museum of Tolerance – Once Upon A World – Silver Medal (As Good As Anybody)
  • 2009 Sydney Taylor Award Silver Medal – Association of Jewish Librarians (A is for Abraham)
  • 2008 Top 10 Biographies for Youth: Booklist – American Library Association (As Good As Anybody)
  • 2008 NY Public Library – 100 Best Books for Sharing and Reading (As Good As Anybody)
  • 2008 National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Medal (As Good As Anybody)
  • 2007 Publishers Weekly 10 Best Children’s Books (Tuttle’s Red Barn)
  • 2007 South Dakota Children’s Book Award (Tuttle’s Red Barn)
  • 2007 Paterson Prize – Books for Young People Finalist (Across the Alley)
  • 2007 Teacher’s Choice Award – International Reading Association (Across the Alley)
  • 2007 Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Younger Readers (Across the Alley)
  • 2006 ForeWord – 12 Best Poetry Books (Battles and Lullabies)
  • 2006 National Jewish Book Award finalist (Across the Alley)
  • 2006 Paterson Prize – Books for Young People Finalist (Happy Feet)
  • 2006 National Council for Social Studies – Notable Trade Book (Happy Feet)
  • 2002 Skipping Stones Multicultural Book Award (Too Young for Yiddish)
  • 2002 Association of Jewish Librarians Best of the Bunch (Too Young for Yiddish)
  • 2000 NY Public Library – 100 Best Books for Sharing and Reading (Ten Times Better)
  • 1999 NY Public Library – 100 Best Books for Sharing and Reading (A Book of Flies)
  • 1999 Jewish Book Council Book of the Month (Grandpa’s Gamble)
  • 1996 Children’s Book Committee Best Books of the Year (Animals That Ought To Be)
  • 1993 New Yorker 12 Best Children’s Books (Did You Say Ghosts?)