Honors
MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
2003
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.
Case Western Reserve University
2007
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial.
Virginia Hamilton Literary Award
2013
The Virginia Hamilton Conference is the longest-running event in the United States to focus exclusively on multicultural literature for children and young adults.
Honoring author Virginia Hamilton, the conference reflects a commitment to promoting cultural awareness and affirming cultural pride while addressing the array of issues which surround the concept of culture.
Awards
Tell Me A Story Mama
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Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, 1991

United States Board on Books for Young People, 1991
When I am Old With you
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"Coretta Scott King Honor Book"

"American Library Association Social Responsibilities Round Table, 1991"

"Alabama Author Award/Juvenile 1993"
Toning the Sweep
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Coretta Scott King Author Award, 1994
Heaven
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Coretta Scott King Author Award, 1998
The Other Side: Shorter Poems
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Coretta Scott King Honor Book citation, 1998

Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
The First Part Last
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The Printz Award 2004

Coretta Scott King Author Award 2004

Alabama Author Award 2005

Green Mountain Book Award 2005
Wind Flyers
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Alabama Author Award 2010/Juvenile

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