Awards

Leo Politi Golden Author Award, California Readers, 2008
The Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Award for Nonfiction, 2005
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters, awarded by Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, 2001


Junior Library Guild Selection 

Too Hot? Too Cold? 2013
A Warmer World, 2012
Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines, 2003
The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde, 1992 (hb)
Juggler, 1988
Trapped In Tar, 1987


Children's Book of the Month Club

Too Hot? Too Cold? 2013
Pterosaurs, Rulers of the Skies in the Dinosaur Age, December 2007 selection


Eureka! Award for Nonfiction, California Reading Association
A Polar Bear's World, 2010 Gold Award


Children's Literature Council of Southern California (formerly, Southern California Council on Literature for Children)
Award for The Best Written and Illustrated Suite of Nonfiction for Children, for A Polar Bear's World, A Walrus World, A Bald Eagle's World, and A Moose's World, 2011
Award for Outstanding Illustration, for Taj Mahal, 2008
Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 1994
Award for Outstanding Nonfiction, for "Too Fat? Too Thin?", 1984.


Teachers' Choice Awards for Children's Books, Learning Magazine
Caroline Arnold's Animals series, Picture Window Books, 2009


Society of School Librarians International (SSLI), Honor Book, Social Studies, Grades K-6Taj Mahal, 2007


Parents' Choice Gold Awards:
The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers, 2006

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National Council for Social Studies/Children's Book Council, Notable Children's Book in the Field of Social Studies
Taj Mahal, 2008.
Uluru: Australia's Aboriginal Heart, 2004.
Easter Island: Giant Stone Statues Tell of a Rich and Tragic Past, 2001.
Children of the Settlement Houses, 1999.


Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
Wiggle and Waggle, 2008


California Readers California Collection
A Polar Bear's World
A Walrus' World
A Bald Eagle's World
A Moose's World
Wiggle and Waggle
A Zebra's World
Super Swimmers
The Skeletal System
The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde
Pterosaurs, Rulers of the Skies in the Dinosaur Age
When Mammoths Walked the Earth
On the Brink of Extinction: The California Condor
El Nino: Stormy Weather For People and Wildlife
Stories in Stone: Rock Art Pictures By Early Americans
Giant Shark: Megalodon, Prehistoric Super Predator
Easter Island: Giant Stone Statues Tell of a Rich and Tragic Past


Outstanding Science Trade Books, Children's Book Council and National Science Teachers' Association (CBC/NSTA)
A Warmer World, 2013

Global Warming and the Dinosaurs, 2010
A Platypus' World, 2009
Giant Sea Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age, 2008
Pterosaurs, Rulers of the Skies in the Dinosaur Age, 2005
Uluru: Australia's Aboriginal Heart, 2004
Hawk Highway in the Sky: Watching the Raptor Migration, 1998
Fox, 1997
Bat, 1997
Lion, 1995
Rhino, 1995
House Sparrows Everywhere, 1992
Snake, 1991
Flamingo, 1991
Dinosaurs Down Under, and Other Fossils from Australia, 1990
Cheetah, 1989
Hippo, 1989
Tule Elk, 1989
A Walk on the Great Barrier Reef, 1988
Dinosaur Mountain: Graveyard of the Past, 1988
Penguin, 1988
Llama, 1988
Zebra, 1987
Giraffe,1987
Kangaroo, 1987
Koala, 1987
Trapped in Tar, 1987
Genetics, 1986
Saving the Peregrine Falcon, 1985
The Biggest Living Thing, 1983
Pets Without Homes, 1983
Animals that Migrate, 1982
Electric Fish, 1980
Five Nests, 1980


Children's Book of the Month Club
Pterosaurs, Rulers of the Skies in the Dinosaur Age, December 2007 selection


Directors' Choice Award, Early Childhood News
Wiggle and Waggle (2007)


Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
A Warmer World, 2013

Wiggle and Waggle, 2008
Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines, 2004
Bobcats, 1999


Merit Award Winner, 3x3 Magazine Illustration Annual No. 4
The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers, 2008


Best Children's Books and Films, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
A Panda's World, 2007
Bobcats, 1999
African Animals, 1997
Hawk Highway in the Sky: Watching the Raptor Migration, 1997
Wild Goat, 1990
Orangutan, 1990
A Walk on the Great Barrier Reef, 1998
Koala, 1987
Trapped in Tar, 1987


ABC Best Books for Children, Association of Booksellers for Children
Wiggle and Waggle, 2007


CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center of the School of Education of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines, 2004
A Killer Whale's World, 2007


John Burroughs Nature Book Award
A Walk on the Great Barrier Reef, 1988


Golden Kite Honor Book, The Society of Children's Book Writers
Pets Without Homes, 1985


Notable Book, American Library Association
Dinosaur Mountain: Graveyard of the Past, 1989
Trapped in Tar, 1987
Saving the Peregrine Falcon, 1985


School Library Journal Best Books
Easter Island: Giant Stone Statues Tell of a Rich and Tragic Past, 2001.
Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde, 2000 (pb), (1992 (hb)
Saving the Peregrine Falcon, 1985


Recommended Reading, California Literature for Science and Mathematics
Giant Shark: Megalodon, Prehistoric Super Predator, 2000
El Nino: Stormy Weather for People and Wildlife, 1998
African Animals, 1997
On the Brink of Extinction:the California Condor, 1993
A Walk in the Woods, 1990
Dinosaur Mountain: Graveyard of the Past, 1989
Tule Elk, 1989
Cheetah, 1989
Hippo, 1989
A Walk On The Great Barrier Reef, 1988
Penguin, 1988
Llama, 1988
Kangaroo, 1987
Trapped In Tar, 1987
Genetics,1986


Honor Book for Children, New York Academy of Sciences
Trapped In Tar, 1987
Animals That Migrate, 1983


P.E.N., Los Angeles Chapter, Special Achievement Award
Saving the Peregrine Falcon, 1985


Orbis Pictus award for Outstanding Nonfiction, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Cheetah, 1989
Hippo, 1989
On the Brink of Extinction: The California Condor, 1993 (nominated)


Voice of Youth Advocates Nonfiction Honor List
Hawk Highway in the Sky: Watching the Raptor Migration, 1998


Amazon.com Best Seller, Mexican History for Children
City of the Gods: Mexico's Ancient City of Teotihuacan


Cat Writers' Association, Certificate of Excellence
Cats, 1999


Pick of the Lists, American Booksellers Association(ABA)
Wild Goat, 1990
Orangutan, 1990


Virginia Center for Children's Books, Best Bets for the Classroom 2000
Easter Island: Giant Stone Statues Tell of a Rich and Tragic Past


Children's Book Council (CBC) Showcase
Hawk Highway in the Sky: Watching the Raptor Migration, July-August, 1997
When Mammoths Walked the Earth July-August, 2002

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