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

Arctic White is published in Japanese

 A Junior Library Guild Selection

The JLG is a book club servicing libraries.  Their  editorial team reads the best books of the year before they're published and name the outstanding titles a JLG selection.. 

News, Awards & Interviews

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 

Scholastic Book Fair Selection

DANNA SMITH CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR

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?


"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. 

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.

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Awards and Honors


SELECT AWARDS 🏅

Starred review Publisher’s Weekly- The Hawk of the Castle
A Junior Library Guild Selection - The Hawk of the Castle.
SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist 2017 - Arctic White
Starred Review School Library Journal - The Hawk of the Castle

2018 Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2018 - The Hawk of the Castle

ALL AWARDS


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2018 - The Hawk of the Castle
Chicago Public Library's list of Best Informational Books for Younger Readers 2017The Hawk of the Castle
Starred Review Publishers Weekly - The Hawk of the Castle

SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist 2017 - Arctic White

The Best Children's Books of the Year by Bank Street College of Education 2017 - The Hawk of the Castle
Junior Library Guild Selection - The Hawk of the Castle
Missourian Baby Buzz Pick December 2015 - Mother Goose's Pajama Party
An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Month Selection - Mother Goose's Pajama Party
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
New Books for Missouri Students Selection 2014 - 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






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.

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!

Crystal Kite Award Finalist

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