Children's Book Author

danna smith.

Forthcoming Books


The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry  

Candlewick Press  April 11, 2017


Springtime Babies

Little Golden Books   January 9, 2018


The Colors of Winter
Little Golden Books  2018


Wake Up, Freight Train! 

Little Golden Books  Summer 2019


The Colors of Summer

Little Golden books May 2019


Rocket-Bye Baby

Little Golden books date TBA




   

 


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Awards and Distinctions


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

 

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Latest News


The Hawk of the Castle is flying high over a starred review from Publishers Weekly, "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 of The 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!  Two more Little Golden Books authored by yours truly are in the works. Watch for The Colors of Winter in 2018 and Rocket-Bye Baby (date to be announced later).


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."


I recently signed a two-book deal with Little Golden Books! Watch for Springtime Babies and Wake Up Freight Train! in 2018!