There are a bunch of awards that are given to authors. Here are some of the awards my books have won.

The Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate

poetry-foundation-awardAwarded by the Poetry Foundation for a two-year tenure, the young people’s poet laureate aims to raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.

Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement

American Library Association Margaret A. Edwards awardThe Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, that have been popular over a period of time. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author’s work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world. (copied from the The American Library Association website)

Newbery Honor Medal

Newbery Honor SealThe Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. (copied from the The American Library Association website)

Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott King AwardThe Coretta Scott King Book Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association’s Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The Award is further designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. (copied from the ALA website)

National Book Award

National Book AwardThe National Book Awards have become the nation’s preeminent literary prizes, and The National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner the most important event on our literary calendar. Today, the Awards are given to recognize achievements in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. (copied from the The National Book Awards website)

The Caldecott Medal

Caldecott Honor awardThe Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

ALA Notable

American Library Association Notable awardThe American Library Association annually honors the best and brightest in the profession through its divisions, offices, and round tables with more than 250 awards, scholarships, and grants. Fueled by a variety of donors and sponsors, recognition is given for individual and collective achievement in the various areas of librarianship. The winners are selected by award juries who work tirelessly to select from thousands of dedicated and qualified librarians nationwide. (copied from the ALA website)

Parents’ Choice Award

Parents' Choice awardThe Parents’ Choice Awards Committees, comprised of moms, dads, teachers, performing artists, librarians, and yes, kids themselves, search out and recommend products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally – fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound. Children’s media that helps children.

Detroit Public School Students’ Favorite Author

Detroit Public School Students' Favorite Author

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Here is a list of the awards won by each of my books:

  • Coming On Home Soon
    • Charlotte Zolotow Honor
      • Utah Beehive Book Award Master List
      • Arizona (nominee)
      • California (nominee)
      • Georgia (nominee)
      • Indiana (nominee)
      • North Carolina (nominee)
      • Ohio (nominee)
      • South Carolina (nominee)
    Each Kindness
    • Bank Street Best Book
    • Charlotte Zolotow Award
    • Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (from the Jane Addams Peace Association)
    • Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013
    • The Magnolia Book Awards Master List 2015 (Mississippi)
    • Illinois Monarch Award Master List 2015
    • Grand Canyon Reader Award nominee list (AZ)
    • Kansas (nominee)
    • 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee
    • Maryland (nominee)
    • Show Me Readers Award nominee (Missouri Association of School Librarians Awards)
    • Nebraska Golden Sower Awards nominee
    • North Carolina (nominee)
    • Flicker Tail Children’s Book Award nominee (ND)
    • Keystone to Reading Book Award nominee (PA)
    • Buckaroo Book Award nominee (Wyoming Library Association Book Awards)
    The Other Side
      • Indiana (nominee)
      • Michigan (honor)
      • Texas (nominee)
    Pecan Pie
    • ALA Notable
    • Booklist Best Book
    • Ebony magazine’s favorite children’s books of 2010
    • New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
    • Bank Street Best Book
    • CCBC Choices
      • Georgia (nominee)
    Show Way
    • Booklist Editor’s Choice
    • BookLinks Lasting Connections
      • Indiana (nominee)
      • Georgia (nominee)
      • Louisiana (nominee)
      • South Carolina (nominee)
      • Tennessee (nominee)
      • Pennsylvania (nominee)
      • Michigan (nominee)
    This Is the Rope
    • New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Books of 2013
    • Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor
    • 2014 CCBC Choices
      • Choose to Read Ohio booklist 2015 & 2016
      • 2015 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards (nominee)
      • Maryland Blue Crab Young Readers Award 2014 Honoree (Transitional Fiction Category)

  • After Tupac & D Foster
    • ALA Notable
    • ALA BBYA
    • CCBC Choice
    • Capitol Choice selection
    • Bank Street Best Book
    • Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books of 2008”
    • New York Public Library’s “Books for the Teen Age”
    • Amelia Elizabeth Walden Young Adult Book Award finalist
      • Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)
      • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Master List
      • Pennsylvania School Library Association’s Young Adult Top Forty (or so) reading list
      • New Jersey (nominee)
      • Oregon (nominee)
    Brown Girl Dreaming
    • National Book Award winner
    • NAACP Image Award winner (in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens)
    • Coretta Scott King Author Award winner
    • Newbery Honor winner
    • Sibert Honor winner
    • Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist
    • New York Times Bestseller (for over 20 weeks)
    • ALA Notable
    • Bank Street College of Education’s Claudia Lewis Award
    • New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book
    • Kids’ Indie Next List (Autumn 2014)
    • Kirkus Best Book
    • Booklist Editors’ Choice
    • Publishers Weekly Best Book
    • School Library Journal Best Book
    • Horn Book Fanfare
    • Bulletin Blue Ribbon
    • NPR’s Great Reads List
    • TIME magazine Top 10 YA of 2014 List
    • CCBC Choice
    • NPR’s Book Concierge’s 2014 Great Reads List
    • NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show’s “Readers’ Reviews” on-air book club pick
    • Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) 2015 winner
    • BookPage Best Children’s Book
    • Amazon Best Book (in two categories: Children’s Books and Nonfiction)
    • Buzzfeed Best YA Books of 2014
    • Goodreads Choice Award nominee
    •’s Top 25 Young Adult Novels of 2014 list
    • Audio edition: ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
    • Audio edition: E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winner: Middle Grade
      • Indiana’s Young Hoosier Book Award
      • Washington D.C.’s Capitol Choices Master List
      • Georgia’s Children’s Book Award Finalist
      • Wisconsin’s Just One More Page! Master List
      • Virginia’s Jefferson Cup Overfloweth 2015 Master List
      • California’s ACL 2014 Distinguished Books Master list
      • Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award 2015-2016 Nominee
      • Kentucky Bluegrass Award 2016 Nominee)
    • IRA/CBC Children’s Choices
    • NCTE Notable Children’s Book
    • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
      • Garden State Teen Book Award Master List (NJ)
      • Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Master List
      • Charlie May Simon Book Award Master List (AR)
      • Georgia (nominee)
      • Maine (nominee)
      • South Carolina (nominee)
    • ALA Notable
    • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
    • Kirkus Reviews Best of the Year
    • Parent’s Guide Children’s Media Award
      • Connecticut (nominee)
      • Illinois (nominee)
      • Indiana (nominee)
      • Minnesota (nominee)
      • Nebraska (nominee)
      • Pennsylvania (nominee)
      • Texas (nominee)
    Peace, Locomotion
    • SLJ Best Book
    • Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Book
      • New York (nominee)

  • Beneath a Meth Moon
    • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
      • Keystone to Reading Book Award nominee (PA)
      • 2014-2015 Florida Teens Read Award finalist
      • 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee
      • Texas (nominee)
      • Maryland (nominee)
    I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This
    • ALA BBYA
    • ALA Notable
    If You Come Softly
    • ALA’s Popular Paperbacks list
      • Maryland (winner)
      • Virginia (winner)
    The House You Pass on the Way
    • Bitch Magazine’s 100 YA Books for the Feminist Leader list
    • 2014 YALSA’s GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer-questioning, Intersex, Asexual individuals, and Their Allies

    • Margaret A Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement
    • St. Katharine Drexel Award
    • 2012 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Reader’s Literature