Awards and Honors

  • Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich SmithNotable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and a Selector's Choice for 2001
  • Named to the 2001 2 x 2 Reading List of twenty books recommended for children ages two through second grade by the Texas Library Association
  • Finalist, children's/YA division, the Oklahoma Book Awards
  • Runner-up for the Storyteller Award from the Western Writers of America
  • Named a CCBC Choice for 2001
  • NEA Native American Book List
  • Featured in "Debuts That Deliver" (Book Magazine)
  • Featured title, Texas Book Festival
  • Featured title, GREAT BOOKS ABOUT THINGS KIDS LOVE by Kathleen Odean (Ballantine, 2001)
  • Editor's Choice, Library Talk
  • 2002 Read Across Texas Bibliography (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
  • Named among "Best Multicultural Children's Books for Early Childhood Educators" (Montessori Life)
  • Suggested Title, Recommended Native Literature for Youth Reading Circles from American Experience: "We Shall Remain" (April 2009) from PBS.
  • Listed title, Talk Story: sharing stories, sharing culture: a joint project of the American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association.
  • Named to the Reading Is Fundamental 2011 Multicultural Books List
  • Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich SmithDishchii'Bikoh High School Reader Award. DHS is on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in eastern Arizona.
  • Smith named a Writer of the Year (Children's Prose) by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in recognition of the novel
  • Finalist, children's/YA division, the Oklahoma Book Award
  • Featured title, GREAT BOOKS FOR GIRLS by Kathleen Odean (Ballantine, 2002)
  • Featured title, St. Petersburg Times "You Gotta Read This" Book Club
  • NEA Native American Book List
  • Featured title, Texas Book Festival
  • Featured title, Second National Book Festival.
  • Book of the Month, Red Tales, Aboriginal Voices Radio
  • Recommended title, THE CHILDREN’S LITERATURE LOVER’S BOOK by Joanna Sullivan (Jossey-Bass, 2003)
  • Recommended title, DOES ANYBODY ELSE LOOK LIKE ME? A PARENT’S GUIDE TO RAISING MULTIRACIAL CHILDREN by Donna Jackson Nakazawa (Da Capo Press, 2004)
  • Recommended title, SEVEN CHOICES: FINDING DAYLIGHT AFTER LOSS SHATTERS YOUR WORLD by Elizabeth Harper Neeld (Warner Books, 2003)
  • Suggested Title, Recommended Native Literature for Youth Reading Circles from American Experience: "We Shall Remain" (April 2009) from PBS.
  • Indian ShoesNotable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
  • Planet Esme's Don't-Miss List for 2002
  • Finalist, Friends of the Austin Public Library Award/Texas Institute of Letters
  • 2003 Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
  • Choices 2003, Cooperative Children's Book Center
  • NEA Native American Book List
  • 2003 Chicago Public Schools Fourth Grade Recommended Reading
  • Featured title, Texas Book Festival
  • 2004-2005 Children's Crown Award List
  • Featured title, Read On, Wisconsin
  • Listed title, 50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know, compiled by Ginny Moore Kruse and Kathleen T. Horning, updated by Kathleen T. Horning and Megan Schliesman (Cooperative Children's Book Center, 2001, 2006, 2010).

 

  • Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich SmithFeatured title, 2007 Kansas Book Festival
  • Horn Book Holiday High Notes

 

  • Holler LoudlyFeatured title, 2010 Texas Book Festival
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library selection
  • Finalist, Writers' League of Texas Children's Book Award

 

  • Blessed (Candlewick)Cybils nominee
  • Teens Top Ten Nominee
  • 2012 Teen Choice Book of the Year

  • Tantalize: Kieren's StoryCybils Nominee
  • Featured title, 2011 Texas Book Festival