ACCOLADES & Honors
I love being a visual artist and have dedicated my life to it, and getting recognition is a unique part of the process. It feels like a nice pat on the back and lets me know, in some small way, that what I’m doing is making a difference. Thank you to all who have recognized my work over the years. I am truly grateful to be associated with these honors.
2019 Mississippi Children's Choice Magnolia Award-PK-2nd grade category, Give Me Back My Book!
2019 Minnesota Youth Reading Awards, Star of the North Honor Book, Give Me Back My Book!
2019 Volunteer of the Year, Evans High School, Orlando, FL
2018 CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards Shortlist, READ Category Selection, Give Me Back My Book!
2017 Florida Book Awards Gold Medal, Young Children’s Literature Category, Big Cat
2016 Kirkus Best Books of 2016, Pug
2016 ILA-CBC Children's Choice List pick, Fright Club
2016 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, Fright Club
2015 Parent's Magazine Best Books of 2015, Hi!
2014 CYBIL Finalist, Clara & Clem Under the Sea
2014 Society of Illustrators NY, Comic & Cartoon Art Competition and Annual, Scribbles and Ink
2014 Children's Choice Book Award Honor, K thru 2, Chamelia and the New Kid in Class
2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (Gold), Association for Library Service for Children, Up, Tall and High!
2012 Society of Illustrators NY, The Original Art Exhibition, Scribbles and Ink
2011 Teacher's Choices Reading List, Muddy as a Duck Puddle
2011 Daytime Emmy Nominee, Disney’s® Tasty Time With ZeFronk
2010 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal, One Drowsy Dragon
2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Holiday category, The Zombie Nite Café
2009 Bookbinders' Guild Pick (Category: Children's Trade, Novelty, 3rd Place), Stop Kissing Me!
2009 Junior Library Guild Selection, Tortuga in Trouble
2009 Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award Nominee, Mañana Iguana
2008 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, Drooling and Dangerous
2008 KC3 Children’s Book Award, Drooling and Dangerous: The Riot Brothers Return
2007 Mockingbird Reading Program Outstanding Title, Abilene School District, Fiesta Fiasco
2007 Georgia Children’s Picture Book Storybook Award Nominee, Mañana Iguana
2007 Oregon Reading Association’s Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award Nominee, Mañana Iguana
2007 Virginia Readers’ Choice Award, Mañana Iguana
2007 The Monarch Award, Illinois’ K-3 Children’s Choice Award Nominee, Mañana Iguana
2006 BCCB (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books) Bulletin Blue Ribbon, Tickle the Duck!
2006 North Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee, Mañana Iguana
2006 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award Nominee, Mañana Iguana
2006 Oklahoma Sequoyah Children’s Book Award, Snarf Attack, Underfoodle and the Secret of Life
2005 Book Sense Kid's Pick, Tickle the Duck!
2005 A Children’s Book of the Year, Children’s Book Committee/Bank Street College, Mañana Iguana
2005 NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards) Honor Award Winner, Tickle The Duck!
2005 Child Magazine Best Books of the Year, Tickle the Duck!
2005 Nicktoons Film Festival Viewer’s Choice Award, Farm Force: Send in the Clones
2005 Children’s Crown Award,The Confe$$ion$ & $ecret$ of Howard J. Fingerhut
2005 Jacksonville ADDY® Awards, 1 Gold, 2 Silver Awards, Mayor Peyton’s Book Club
2004 IRA Children’s Choice, Stinky Smelly Feet: A Love Story
2003 Society of Illustrators LA 41, Certificate of Merit, illustration from the book ‘Oh Yeah’
2002 Society of Illustrators LA 40, Certificate of Merit, Florida Film Festival illustration
2001 Orlando Sidewalk Chalk Festival, Best Design, Juggling Cat
1995 RSVP Magazine Cover Competition, Honorable Mention, Juggler
1994 Society of Illustrators NY 36th Annual of American Illustration 36, Selected Work, Editorial illustration of Adolf Hitler
1991 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
1991 Society of Illustrators NY Annual Scholarship Competition, Friends of the Institute Art award, Japanese Guys
1990 Charles Dana Gibson Memorial Scholarship winner, Society of Illustrators NY, World Oil
1989-1990 Society of Illustrators NY Student Traveling Art Exhibition
1986 Haddam-Killingworth High School, Higganum , CT Voted “Most Artistic”
1984 Best of Show, Youth Category, KIllingworth Art Contest, CT, Self-Portrait
1983 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Pennsylvania Gold Key, Goose Print
1979 5th Grade Drawing Contest, 2nd Place (disputable), Portrait of Mork from Ork