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Awards Won in 2022

Caterpillar's Surprise

2022 Best Children's Book Finalist: Maxy Awards

Who Is Singing?

Penelope's Prize Children's Book Awards Finalist

The Clothesline Code

Multicultural Skipping Stones Honor Award 

Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Winner

Reviewer's Choice: Midwest Book Review


Book Add-ons to Create Special Gifts 

Books make great gifts, but they can be even more special with a fun extra related to the book. Here are suggestions for add-ons for some of my books.

Caterpillar's Surprise

Blue award ribbon; a journal, stickers/tattoos, ornaments, toys, hair clips, etc. with caterpillar, butterfly, frog, or tadpole designs or themes.

Yay for Big Brothers!

Illustrator Shennen Bersani created FREE animal puppets and clothes that you can print to go with the book! Find the templates here.

Who Is Singing?

Journal with bird(s) on or added to the cover, bird ornament, bird plush toy, bird stickers, bird note cards or writing paper, bird bookmarks.

The Clothesline Code

Decoder wheel; a safe recipe for disappearing ink; a journal with spying images added to the cover; etc. Find links for making a decoder wheel and other code templates here, here, and here.

A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch

Stickers/tattoos of kangaroos and other Australian animals like koalas, notebook with Aussie animals on or added to the cover, kangaroo ornament, kangaroo socks, toy kangaroo or other Aussie animals.

Good Night, Little Sea Otter

Otter-themed stickers/tattoos, ornaments, toy animals or puppets, socks, keychains, puzzles, rattles, clothing, x-mas stockings, hair clips or bows, journals—the list is endless.

Little Skink's Tail

Lizard stickers/tattoos; notebook with lizard on cover; lizard-themed socks, shirts, puzzles; lizard toys. Or print the "animal sorting card game" or "silly sentences" in publisher Arbordale Kids FREE activity guide to go with this book here.





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Midnight Teacher Wins 2019 Carter G. Woodson Honor Award

This award is given to outstanding social studies books that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and race relations sensitively and accurately.


Midnight Teacher Featured

in NEA Calendar

The 2019 National Education Association (NEA)

calendar will spotlight Midnight Teacher for

February. Hopefully many more readers will learn

about this amazing and dedicated teacher who

risked her life so others could learn!

February NEA calendar featuring Midnight Teacher

Midnight Teacher Wins Nonfiction Award

The California Reading Association has given Midnight Teacher the Eureka! Honor Award for Excellence in Nonfiction!

Midnight Teacher Wins National Award

The multicultural magazine Skipping Stones has declared Midnight Teacher a winner in its 26th Annual Skipping Stones Awards. Books

chosen "promote an understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and/or encourage a deeper awareness of nature, ecology and diversity."

Silver Parent's Choice Award medal

Midnight Teacher Wins Parents' Choice Award

Midnight Teacher has received a Silver

Parents' Choice Award. Books are chosen

based on how they help "a child grow:

socially, intellectually, emotionally,

ethically, physically.". 

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