|My books, poems, and stories have won many awards, including: the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the Rhysling, an Asimov’s Magazine Reader’s Poll award, World Fantasy Award, a National Book Award nomination, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Skylark Award, Jewish Book Award, two Christopher Medals, the Association of Jewish Libraries Award, the Charlotte Award, the Garden State Award, the Golden Sower Award, and others.
I have also had several body of works awards from such diverse groups as the Catholic Library Assn., the University of Minnesota, Keene State College, the Oklahoma Libraries, the Boston Public Library, the New England Science Fiction Association, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Fantasy organization.
To see more about individual awards, click on their pictures.
|Caldecott Medal||Given each year by the American Library Association for the “most distinguished picture book” (though the medal itself is given to the illustrator), this is one of the two most important awards in all of American children’s literature, the other being the Newbery Medal. The gold seal on the book itself forever marks it out as a Caldecott book. Winners are chosen by a committee of librarians.
The Emperor and the Kite illustrated by Ed Young was an Honor Book in 1968
Owl Moon won a Caldecott Medal in 1988 for illustrator John Schoenherr.
|Nebula Award||Given each year by the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for the most distinguished writing in the field of science fiction and fantasy in four categories–novel, novella, novelette, and short story. The awards–rocks representing planetary systems embedded in lucite–are each subtly different. Winners are chosen by a vote of SFWA members.
1997: Best Short Story “Sister Emily’s Lightship“, first published in Patrick Nielsen Hayden’s Starlight.
1998: Best Novelette “Lost Girls“, first published in Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Finalists for the Nebula:
|Jewish Book Council Award & Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award
||These two separate awards are given annually. The Sydney Taylor is a children’s book award; the Jewish Council awards come in a variety of book categories. They come with certificates and a monetary award as well.
1989: The Devil’s Arithmetic
|Christopher Medal||Given annually by the Christopher Society to books that are seen as shining a light on to the world. A bronze medallion is presented.
1977: The Seeing Stick
|California Young Reader Medal, Young Adult Category
||The California Young Reader Medal is given to four books in four age categories annually; nominated and chosen by California young readers.
2001: Armageddon Summer
|National Outdoor Book Awards||2002:WILD WINGS won the Children’s Category National Outdoor Book Award|
|Recipients of 1987 World Fantasy Awards|
|National Storytelling Network 2003 ORACLE Award||For outstanding contributions to the literary genre of storytelling. Talking Leaves Literary Award is presented to those members of the storytelling community who have made outstanding contributions to the literary body of storytelling as authors, editors or collectors.|
|Body of Work Awards
1988 College of Our Lady of the Elms, Honorary Doctor of Laws
1988 Kerlan Award of the University of Minnesota
1985 Daedelus Award for fantasy short fiction
1990 Regina Medal, Catholic Library Assn.
1990 “Skylark” Award/Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, Boskone 27, New England Science Fiction Assn. (See cautionary tale about the Skylark.)
1990 Smith College Medal
1994 Richard Salter Storrs Library, Longmeadow, Mass. Distinguished Author Award
1995 New England Reading Association Special Recognition Award
1995 Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival Award
1998 Literary Lights for Children Award, Boston Public Library
1998 Keene State College Honorary Doctor of Letters
1999 Anne V. Zarrow Award for young Children’s Literature, Tulsa Library Trust
1999 Smith College: Remarkable Women Award
2003 Honorary Doctorate from Smith College
|Some Other Awards (Invididual Books, Stories, Poems)
1980 Garden State Children’s Book Award: Commander Toad in Space
1990 Bulletin of Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon: Bird Watch
1990 Florida State Reading Award nominee: Owl Moon
1990 Charlotte Award: Piggins
1992 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award
1993 SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor: “Suzy and Leah”
1994 Educational Press Association Distinguished Achievement Award: “Suzy and Leah”
1995 Bulletin of Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon: Ballad of the Pirate Queens.
1997 Storytelling World Award: “The Word the Devil Made Up” in Here There Be Angels
1998 Parents Guide Honor: Snow Snow–Winter Poems for Children