A Bank Street Book of the Year (Bank Street College of Education)
Night on Fire (Albert Whitman & Co., 2015)
The Year of the Bomb (Simon & Schuster, 2009)

Best Children's Books of the Year (Kirkus Reviews)
Night on Fire (Albert Whitman & Co., 2015)

Paterson Prize co-recipient (Paterson Poetry Center)
Night on Fire (Albert Whitman & Co., 2015)

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee (Vermont)
Night on Fire (Albert Whitman & Co., 2015)

Edgar Award nomination (Best Young Adult Mystery)
Second Fiddle: A Sizzle & Splat Mystery (Lodestar/E.P. Dutton, 1989)

Featured Selection (Junior Library Guild)
The Year of the Bomb (Simon & Schuster, 2009)
The Glitch: A Computer Fantasy (Lodestar/Dutton, 1985)

Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)
Monkey Town (Simon & Schuster, 2006)
Who Is Felix the Great? (Lodestar/Dutton, 1984)

Children’s Choice Award (International Reading Association)
Dunker (Lodestar/Dutton, 1983)

Best Books of the Year (School Library Journal)
Sizzle & Splat (Lodestar/Dutton, 1983)

Tennesee State Book (National Book Festival/Library of Congress)
Monkey Town (Simon & Schuster, 2006)

California Young Reader Medal nomination (California Reading Association)
Sizzle & Splat (Lodestar/Dutton, 1983)

Young Hoosier Book Award nomination (Indiana Library Federation)
Night on Fire (Albert Whitman & Co., 2015)


O’Neill Playwrights Conference selection
Tough Call, 1992
Christ of the Coopermans, 1994

New Southern Theatre Festival (Mockingbird Theatre)
Still Life, 2001 (winner)
The Last Shaker, 2002 (finalist)

Marilyn Hall Award finalist (Beverly Hills Theatre Guild)
That’s What Friends Are For, 2003

New Works Festival winner (Actors Bridge Theatre)
Chops, 2004

Festival of New Plays finalist (Chattanooga Centre Theatre)
No Small Miracle, 2004


Five Gold Records (500,000 units sold)
Producer or Executive Producer of Albums from Walt Disney Records

Grammy Award nomination (Best Children’s Recording)
Director, Mr. Popper’s Penguins with Jim Backus (Miller-Brody Productions, 1975)

CINE Golden Eagle (Best Educational Film)
Writer, Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons (Disney Education Media, 1982)

Family Circle Gold Leaf Award (Nutrition Education)
Writer, This Is Your Life: The Cheeseburger (Disney Educational Media, 1981)