Awards and Honors

Selected Awards and Honors include but are not limited to:
2017- Best Book of the Year List.          Cooperative Children Book Center

2017- Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature

Best Children’s Books of the Year list.


2016 Young Church Women United Award Disciples of Christ

2016 47th NAACP Image Award    Chasing Freedom book Illustrated by Michele Wood and written by Nikki Grimes

2016 Bank Street Center for Children's Literature Best Children's Book of the Year age 8-11

•-- I Lay My Stitches Down has been selected for VOYA’s 2013 Nonfiction Honor List!

2013 I Lay My Stitches Down has been shortlisted by the judges for the Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing! This is an Honor.... Thank you!

2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Children Book of the Year list with Star for Merit.
• 2013 annual best-of-the-year list of the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC).
• 2013 Notable Books for a Global Society Award list
• 2013 Gold Nautilus Award
• 2013 selected for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Children's Literature Assembly's 2013 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
• 2012 New York Public Library 2012 Children’s Books List Honor
• 2012 Ashley Bryan Children’s Literature Illustrator Award
• 2012 Parent Choice Award
• 2012 Kirkus Starred Review for “I Lay My Stitches Down”
• 2000-2001 Texas Bluebonnet Master List Texas Library Association
• 1999 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award American Library Association
• 1999 Jane Adams Book Award Jane Adams Peace Association
• 1999 Honor Award Skipping Stone Magazine
• 1999 “ Best Book of the Year” National Association of Multicultural Educations
• 1999 Notable Book Award American Library Association
• Elementary California Collection California Readers
• 1998 Choice Cooperative Children’s Book Center
• 1998 “Best Books of 1998” San Francisco Chronicle Book Reviews
• 1998 “ Pick of the List” American Bookseller
• 1998 “ Best book of 1998” Publishers Weekly
• 1998 School Library Journal Starred Review 1998
• 1998 Kirkus Review Starred 1998
• 1998 California Readers, Elementary California Collection California Reading Association
• 1998 Finalist, Small Press Book Award
• 1997 American Book Award
• 1997 Skippy Stone Award Winner: received honor at the United Nations
• 1997 National Parenting Publications Honor Award
• 1997 International Reading Association Award
• 1997 Notable Books Award Global Society Choice
• 1996 Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book Award
Black History Jazz Series 1994 Atlanta . Picture with former Mayor Maynard Jackson, Michele Wood,
Black History Jazz Series 1993 Atlanta[*]