Honors and Awards

  • Carlson Award for Distinction in Environmental Education – Indiana Univ. 1990

  • Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans – MN Jaycees, 1991

  • Minnesota Book Award, 1992

  • Midwest Publishers Book of the Year, 1992

  • ABBY Award – American Booksellers Book of the Year, 1993

  • International Reading Association Book of the Year, 1993

  •  Who’s Who in America, 48th Edition, 1994

  •  The Christopher Medal, 1999

  •  Parents Choice Award, 2000

  •  Barnes and Noble Star of the North, 2000

  •  Story Telling World Honor, 2000

  •  Audubon Center of the Northwoods – Alumni Award for Education, 2005

  •  Smithsonian Notable Book, 2009

  •  Alumni Educator of the Year – Morningside College, 2009

  •  Junior Library Guild Selected Book. 2011

  •  Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, 2011

  • Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Grant for Prose, 2013

  • Minnesota Association for Environmental Education, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013

  • Multiple Starred Reviews: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, Horn Book, School Library Journal, and other reviewing sources.