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Bull Rider

Winner of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Juvenile Book of 2009

A Junior Library Guild Selection, 2009

Represented Nevada at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

Bank Street Best Books

A Texas Lonestar and Tayshas List Selection, 2010

Chosen for:
Nevada Young Readers Award list, 2011

Finalist for the Missouri Association of School Librarian's Truman Award, 2011-2012

The Indiana Library Federation's Young Hoosier Book Award list for 2011-2012.

Nominated for:
Wyoming Library Association's Indian Paintbrush Award, 2012 - 2013

Pinatas & Smiling Skeletons

Chosen as Outstanding: Parents’Council

Winner: Best Multicultural Non-fiction book by Independent Publisher’s Book Award, 1999 

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

Honored with the SCBWI Member of the Year Award, 2012

SCBWI Nevada Spirit Award

For inspiring writers and fostering community, 2018

Nevada Arts Council Artist in Residence

Pre-approved for funding for school and community speaking.