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Honors and Awards for My Books and Me


SEE YOU SOMEDAY SOON wins Arthur Tofte / Betty Ren Wright award

The Arthur Tofte/Betty Ren Wright Children’s Book Award is given to the best children’s book published by a Wisconsin writer in the contest year.

The Wisconsin Writers Awards have been sponsored by the Council for Wisconsin Writers (CWW) since 1964. The awards honor the best work in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's literature.

Beginning in 2022, Arts & Literature Laboratory will continue the work of CWW by sponsoring and administering the Wisconsin Writers Awards.


IN OUR GARDEN is part of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

This spring, my book with Melissa Crowton, In OUR GARDEN, will be going out to children born in 2018 who are part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. I am beyond honored to have one of my books be part of this incredible program.

Want to see all the books for this year? Here's the list.

I'm also proud that The Madison Reading Project is part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library family. The MRP is right in my home town, and it gets Dolly's books to more than 8,500 children in Wisconsin's Dane County.

Do you have a kid age five or under who's living in Dane County who isn't part of the program? You can sign them up for free.

Here's how!

Pat Zietlow Miller is a Notable Wisconsin Children's Author

For her incredible body of work in children’s literature, Wisconsin resident Pat Zietlow Miller was selected as the 2021 Wisconsin Notable Children’s Author.

Miller has written a variety of stories for children with relatable characters and engaging, inclusive storylines. She has received much acclaim for her writing, including starred reviews, honors, and awards for her works. The Children’s Book Award Committee is delighted to present this award to such an inspiring and dedicated storyteller.

BE KIND is a New York Times best-selling picture book

BE KIND made the New York Times picture book bestseller list. It spent 10 weeks on the list so far, peaking at No. 4.

SOPHIE'S SQUASH wins Golden Kite Award

Sponsored by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the award was for the best picture book text of 2013.

Here are the other winners in other categories. (P.S. They are amazing.) I got to go to Los Angeles and give a speech. Click on the image at the bottom of this page to hear what I said.

SOPHIE'S SQUASH earns The Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book Award

This award, given by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, is for new writers whose work celebrates the diversity in our culture. See the other awesome honorees.

SOPHIE'S SQUASH wins Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book Award

This award is given for picture book writing and is presented by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC). It honors the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books. My book was an honor book in 2014. See all the outstanding recognized books.

The Juvenile Literature Award

This award is sponsored by the Friends of American Authors, a group that recognizes emerging writers. See the previous winners.

The Crystal Kite Award for the Midwest Region

Sponsored by the SCBWI, this award is voted on by SCBWI members in the Midwest Region. Here’s a look at winners from each region.

2014 Cybils Award Finalist

The Wisconsin Library Association’s Elizabeth Burr / Worzalla Award

SOPHIE’S SQUASH was named a noteworthy title, along with five other books. THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER by Kevin Henkes won the award.


WHEREVER YOU GO and THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE have won Crystal Kite Awards for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Midwest Region. This award is voted on by other children's book authors and illustrators, so I am extremely honored to receive it. You can listen to me talk about it here, and see all the other regional winners here.

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My Golden Kite acceptance speech for SOPHIE'S SQUASH

Maybe, possibly, the best speech I've ever given.