The Kerlan Award presented by the University of Minnesota

LOOK!: Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text, Kirkus starred

Inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame

Stable: Kirkus: Best Books of the Year

Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia: ALA Notable, 2009 Bank Street College Best Books of the Year

Silver medal, Society of Illustrators Annual Show, 2006

The Girl on the High-Diving Horse: Kirkus pointer

Tooth and Claw, Animal Adventures in the Wild: Kirkus pointer, Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2003

Honorees, Childrens' Division, Brooklyn Public Library, 2002

Peppe, the Lamplighter: 1994 Caldecott Honor; Smithsonian Best Books; Kirkus pointer

The Always Prayer Shawl: Sydney Taylor Award, Nat. Jewish Book Award, Reading Rainbow Selection; Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Center; Booklist starred

I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler: SLJ Best Books, Booklist Editors Choice, Kirkus pointer, SLJ starred, Booklist starred, ALA Recommended BooksFor Reluctant Readers, ALA Notable, SLJ Best Books, Featured on NPR Fresh Air & All Things Considered

Sacred River : Kirkus pointer

Market!: Kirkus pointer, PW starred, SLJ starred, NYT Best Illustrated Books of the Year ‘96 Hungry Mind Reviews Books of Distinction, Children’s Lit. Choice List

American, Too : PW starred, NCSS-CBC (social studies) Notable

Lost Moose : Zena Sutherland Award

I Wonder if I'll See a Whale?: SLJ starred, PW starred

Island of the Blue Dolphins: Parents Choice for Illustration

Potato Man : Kirkus pointer, ABS Children’s Pick of the List

The Great Pumpkin Switch: Booklist starred

Matthew Wheelock's Wall: Kirkus pointer, Booklist starred, ABS Pick of the List

Amazon Boy : ABS Pick of the List

The Raindeer People: ABS Pick of the List

Sami and the Time of the Troubles: Booklist starred, Kirkus pointer, CBC Notable (social studies), ALA Booklist Editors Choice, Horn Book pointer, Hungry Mind Book of Distinction

Fair: Notable Children’s Trade book (social studies)

Ali, Child of the Desert: Notable Children’s Trade Book (social studies), BankStreet College Best Books of the Year

Society of Illustrators: Stevan Dohanas Award ‘98

Nilo and the Tortoise: Parents Choice ‘99

The Story Tellers: Notable Childrens Trade Book (social studies)

Gorilla Walk : SLJ starred, Smithsonian Notable Books ’99, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book 2000, ALA Notable ‘99 NY Public Library, 100 titles for Reading and Sharing Bank Street College Best Books of the year 2000

Elephant Quest : NSTA-CBC Outstanding Trade Books 2001, John Burroughs Award 2000 (outstanding nature book for Children)

Barn Savers : Booklist starred, Booklist Top of the List, Bank Street Best Books 2000

Central Park Childrens Zoo: The Big Crit ’98 Critique Magazine for Excellence in Design

Pratt Institute ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2000

The Disappearing Island: Yankee Magazine Top 40 New England Childrens Books, Starred Bank Street Best Books 2001

The Doorman : Bank Street Best Books 2001

The Day of Ahmed's Secret: ALA Notable ’90; ALA Booklist Editors Choice; Notable ’90 Childrens Book (social studies); Kirkus pointer; SLJ starred;Booklist starred; SLJ Best Books; Notable Trade Book Language Arts; Cultural Diversity Childrens Trade Book CBC

Bird Watch : ALA Notable; Bulletin, Center of Children’s Books Blue Ribbon; SLJ starred

Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts: Kirkus pointer

Faithful Elephants : PW Top Books of the Year ’88; Cuffie Award ’88 Top

Cowboy Country : SLJ starred; Horn Book pointer; Kirkus pointer; Booklist Our Choice, A Few Good Books ‘93