A painter and a teller of stories

Awards

  • Distinction in Creative Achievement Governor’s Award in the Arts from Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council, 2023
  • Starred Reviews – Booklist, 2010, 12, 14, 15, 17, 21; Kirkus, 2000, 12,17, 21; School Library Journal, 2010, 12, 15, 17
  • American Indian Library Association Honor Book 2016
  • Spur Award Western Writers of America 2004; Award Finalist 2005, 2011, 2016
  • Carter G. Woodson Award, National Council for the Social Studies 2016
  • National Council of Teachers of English Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts 2013
  • American Library Association Notable Book Award 2011
  • Book for a Global Society Award, Top 10 Spirituality Books for Children 2011
  • Texas Bluebonnet Master List Award 2011
  • Mom’s Choice Awards Most Outstanding Children’s Book 2008