Awards and Special Recognitions

One Night

  • A Few Good Books of the Year, 1995, Book Link
  • Best Books of 1995 list, Bank Street College

All the king’s Animals

  • 1996 New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age list
  • Skipping Stones Honor Award, Nature and Ecology books, 1996
  • Parent Council Ltd. Title
  • CORE Knowledge Resource Guide


  • 2002 Peace Corps Writer’s Award for Best Children’s Writing
  • The ASPCA “Henry Bergh Honor Award” 2001
  • “Gold Medal Award” Oppenheimer Portfolio 2001
  • “Pick of the Lists” American Booksellers Spring ’01
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Nest Literary Classics Selection
  • Finalist for the  Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Washington State, for 2003

My Great-Grandmother’s Gourd

No Condition is Permanent

  • “Popular Paperbacks for Teenagers” YALSA List, 2002
  • “Best Books for Young Adults” ALA 2000
  • “Lasting Connections 2000” Book Links
  • “Best Books for the Teen Age” New York Public Libraries, 2000
  • “Best Books of 2000” Bank Street College

Our Secret, Siri Aang

  • The ASPCA “Henry Bergh Award” 2004 for Best Young Adult Novel
  • 2005 Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association
  • “Top Ten Books for Young Readers” 2005 U.S. State Department List
  • “Top 100 Books of the Year 2005” New York Public Libraries List

The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela

  • 2007 list of Notable Books for a Global Society, awarded by the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the IRA
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2007, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council
  • Bank Street Children’s List for The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2007

Trouble in Timbuktu

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are given under the auspices of the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association, a non-profit corporation founded in 1957 and open to all persons and institutions interested in African affairs. The Outreach Council shares and disseminates resources about Africa; exchanges experiences on best practices in conducting outreach activities; serves the ASA membership in educating the public about Africa; and facilitates the exchange of ideas, information and research findings on Africa.

Hope is Here!

The CLC’s Seal of Approval is reserved for books that uphold the criteria set forth by the Children’s Literary Classics review committee, a team of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.

“Hope Is Here!”  is the story of a small migratory bird, a Whimbrel, which is about the size of a duck. Hope was implanted with a solar antenna for the purpose of scientific research. It is the research team’s intent to learn the migratory patterns of these birds to help protect the ecosystem upon which they depend.

The story, as told by a teacher to her students, recounts the incredible journey made by Hope each year from Canada all the way to her breeding grounds on St. Croix. Over a four-year period, Hope provided data that will help ensure that more of her kind will continue to thrive in the many places they call home.

Featured Young Adult Novel

By Cristina Kessler


Published Books

Visiting Author in 17 countries

Awards and recognitions

Books set in Africa

Books available in all formats on