Awards and Distinctions


2017 SCBWI CRYSTAL KITE AWARD FINALIST - Arctic White

A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION - The Hawk of The Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry 

AMAZON'S BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH NOVEMBER 2015 - Mother Goose's Pajama Party

A SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR SELECTION - Mother Goose's Pajama Party
NOMINEE FOR THE COLORADO LIBRARIES FOR EARLY LITERACY 
     2016 CLEL BELL PICTURE BOOK AWARD SING CATAGORY - Mother Goose's Pajama Party

A MISSOURIAN BABY BUZZ PICK - Two at the Zoo.

FEATURED IN PARENTING: THE EARLY YEARS MAGAZINE - Two at the Zoo

A RAISING READER'S SPECIAL BOARD BOOK EDITION - Two at the Zoo

CHILDREN'S LITERARY CLASSICS SEAL OF APPROVAL - Two at the Zoo
FLORIDA AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS BOOK

    AWARD GOLD MEDAL WINNER! - Balloon Trees
FINALIST IN FLORIDA READING ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD - Balloon Trees
ALASKA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL LIBRARIANS BATTLE OF THE BOOKS NOMINEE -  Balloon Trees
2014 NEW BOOKS FOR MISSOURI STUDENTS SELECTION  - Balloon Trees

THE MISSOURI BUILDING BLOCK PICTURE BOOK AWARD NOMINEE - Mother Goose's Pajama Party
CREATIVE CHILD MAGAZINE TOP CREATIVE TOY AWARD- SEAL OF EXCELLENCE - A Wild Cowboy

 

Children's Book Author

danna smith.

Forthcoming Books


Springtime Babies

a Little Golden Book   January 9, 2018


Colors of Winter
a Little Golden Book  May  2018


Rocket-Bye Baby
a Little Golden Book January 9, 2019


Colors of Summer

a Little Golden Book  May 2019


Wake Up, Freight Train! 

a Little Golden Book  Summer 2019

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The Hawk of the Castle  receives a soaring New York Times Book Review"Ibatoulline invites you into his sweeping, realistic scenes with cleverly shifting perspectives. ...But perhaps most thrilling is a book

with a castle featuring a girl who’s curious and accomplished, with her social status and marital prospects blissfully beside the point."


Arctic White is a finalist for the SCBWI Golden Kite Award 2017.


There was a lovely review of The Hawk of the Castle in the Wall Street Journal on April 14, 2017, "Mr. Ibatoulline’s fine, realistic pictures of castle , landscape and soaring predator have a wonderful feeling of sweep and drama. In small panels, Ms. Smith supplements her poetry with falconry facts and historical context."


The Hawk of the Castlereceives starred review from School Library Journal!  " An imaginative and unique title to introduce elementary schoolers to hawks and falconry in a medieval setting—an ideal read-aloud selection, too." --School Library Journal


Arctic White was recently published in Japanese


The Hawk of the Castleis flying high over a starred review from Publishers Weekly, "Ibatoulline’s (The Matchbox Diary) stunningly realistic acrylic and gouache scenes illustrate from all angles, offering close-ups of the hawk, pastoral panoramas, and breathtaking aerial vistas...What young readers may appreciate most, though, is the story, beautifully presented, of the bonding between a daughter and father." 


What Kirkus had to say ofThe Hawk of the Castle: "A trained hawk serves as fierce centerpiece to broad, sweeping views of castle and countryside in this rhapsodic tribute to the craft of falconry...An idyllic picture of an ancient practice."
—Kirkus Reviews 


The future is GOLDEN!  Five Little Golden Books are in the works. Watch for Springtime Babies and The Colors of Winter in 2018.  2019 will bring Rocket-Bye Baby, The Colors of Summer, and Wake Up, Freight Train!  


The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry  (Candlewick Press 2017) is a Junior Guild Library Selection! Hooray!

 

Kirkus says of Swallow the Leader, "Nothing fishy here: it's a delish addition to storytime  collections."