Crystal Kite Award Finalist

Arctic White is published in Japanese

The Hawk of the Castle ​ is a 2018 Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year in the five to nine category!  Go Hawk!

Scholastic Book Fair Selection

What an honor it is to have Arctic White  (with illustrations by the amazing Lee White) make it as a finalist in the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators) Crystal Kite Award! ​

I pour my heart and soul into writing each of my books in hopes children will learn to love reading as much as I do. That's my reward in all of this.  However, it's always nice to hear when my books have won awards because it gives them a broader audience— reaching more children is  the ultimate goal.

Look, it's Mother Goose's Pajama Party!

This takes me back to my childhood when I used to race home with my Scholastic Book Fair flyer and spend the evening circling my favorite books. I wanted them all!

The Future is Golden

Click the newspaper titles. above to read the full reviews of The Hawk of the Castle.

Most of my books are written in rhyme and, therefore are rarely translated into other languages. I am thrilled that Arctic White , the one book written in prose, is now in Japanese! I can't read it but isn't it beautiful?

The Hawk of the Castle has been selected for the 2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People list, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council.
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People is an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.

Their golden seal  assures the best books get into the hands of children. I am please to announce The Hawk of the Castle has earned this prestigious seal 

"Since 1942 Little Golden Books has helped millions of children develop a lifelong love of reading." I am pleased to be joining the Little Golden Book Family of authors starting with Springtime Babies in 2018 with three more titles to follow. 


Good News!  Come  December 18, 2018, Swallow the Leader will be available in a board book edition!  This isn't going to be  a little board book, but a giant 10 x 9 lap board book. Just the right size for sharing one-on-one or in a group. Reserve your copy today.

 A Junior Library Guild Selection

Soaring Book Reviews from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

​​DANNA SMITH CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR

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