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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

 

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Children's Book Author

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Forthcoming Books


Springtime Babies

Little Golden Books   January 9, 2018


Colors of Winter
Little Golden Books  May  2018


Rocket-Bye Baby
Little Golden Books January 9, 2019


Colors of Summer

Little Golden Books  May 2019


Wake Up, Freight Train! 

Little Golden Books  Summer 2019

Art © Virginia Allyn

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News

Latest News


Arctic White:  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


The Hawk of the Castle receives 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 Castle is 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 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!  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."