They like me! They Really, really like me!

Being a visual artist is amazing and has been worth all the years of hard work. My goal is not to work for awards, but it is a rewarding part of the process. Receiving an award feels like a nice pat on the back and lets me know in some small way, that my work is making a difference. Thank you to everyone involved in giving out these awards. It is a blessing 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