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Sparkle Boy, Lee and Low Books, New York, NY 2017

Hanukkah Delight!, Kar-Ben Books, Minneapolis, MN 2016

Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed, Candlewick Press, 2015

Heather Has Two Mommies, New Edition, Candlewick Press, 2015

Here Is The World: A Year of Jewish Holidays, Abrams Books, New York, NY 2014

A Kiss on the Keppie, Shofar Books, Tarrytown, NY, 2012

A Sweet Passover, Abrams Books, New York, NY, 2012

Miss Tutu's Star, Abrams Books, New York, NY, 2010

Just Like Mama, Abrams Books, New York, NY, 2010

Mommy, Mama, and Me (Board Book), Tricycle Press, Berkeley, CA, 2009

Daddy, Papa, and Me (Board Book) Tricycle Press, Berkeley, CA, 2009

Daddy's Song, Henry Holt & Co., New York, NY, 2007

Skunk's Spring Surprise, Harcourt Books, New York, NY, 2007

The Eight Nights of Chanukah, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2005

A Fire Engine for Ruthie, Clarion Books, New York, NY 2004

Where Is Bear?, Harcourt, New York, NY, 2004

The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, Tricycle Press, Berkeley, CA 2004

The Best Cat in the World, Eerdmans Books, Grand Rapids, MI 2004

Pigs, Pigs, Pigs!  Simon & Schuster, New York, NY 2003

Runaway Dreidel!  Henry Holt & Co. New York, NY 2002

Felicia's Favorite Story  Two Lives Publishing, Ridley Park, PA 2002

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs!  Simon & Schuster, New York NY 2002

Cats, Cats, Cats!  Simon & Schuster, New York NY 2001

Matzo Ball Moon, Clarion Books, New York, NY 1998

Remember That, Clarion Books, New York, NY 1996

Too Far Away To Touch, Clarion Books, New York, NY 1995 (paperback, 1998)

Heather Has Two Mommies,
In Other Words Publishing, Northampton, MA 1989
Alyson Publications, Boston, MA 1990
Special Ten-Year Anniversary Edition, Alyson Publications, 2000


Picture Books (forthcoming)

Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story, Abrams, New York, NY 2018

Different From All Other Nights, Charlesbridge Publishing, Watertown, MA 2020


Middle Grade Novels

Hachiko Waits, Henry Holt & Co. New York, NY, 2004

Fat Chance, Putnam, New York, NY 1994 (paperback, 1998)
Women's Press, London, England, 1996


Books for High School Students

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, Candlewick Press, 2012

Jailbait, Random House, New York, NY 2005 (paperback 2006)

Write from the Heart (revised, updated and expanded),
   Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, 2003

Still Life With Buddy, Pride & Imprints, Radnor, OH 1998

Writing From the Heart, Crossing Press, Freedom, CA 1993


Magazines and Anthologies (poems and stories)

“Ode to Chocolate”

"Rough and Tumble," "Greetings," "I've Never Seen a Purple Cow," and "By the Sea" (poems), The Poetry Friday Anthology, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books, 2012)

"As the Crow Flies" (poem), Here's a Little Poem, edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, Walker Books, London, 2007

"Turtle" (poem) published in The Sun, August 2003

"Supper" (poem) published in Spider, the magazine for children, February 2003

"The Poet Tree" (poem) published in Cricket Magazine, September 2001

"Who Would I Be?" (poem) published in Spider, the magazine for children, November 2000

"By the Sea" (poem) to be published in Spider, the magazine for children

"Supper" (short story) published in Am I Blue? edited by Marion Dane Bauer, published by HarperCollins, 1994

"Remember That" (short story) Highlights for Children December 1993

"For BKM" (poem) Seventeen Magazine, April, 1976

"Under the Accutron Clock" (poem) Seventeen Magazine, August 1976


Awards and Honors

  • Poet Laureate, Northampton, MA 2008-2010
  • Induction, Jericho High School Hall of Fame, 1999
  • Poetry Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1997
  • Poetry Fellowship, Massachusetts Artists Foundation, 1989

Awards for Heather Has Two Mommies (Candlewick Edition)

  • Golden Crown Literary Society Lee Lynch Classic Award, 2017
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, 2016

Awards for My Name Is Aviva

  • Sugarman Family Children's Book Award, 2015

Awards for Ketzel: The Cat Who Composed

  • Finalist, Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award, 2017-2018
  • Winner, Massachusetts Book Award 2016
  • Winner, World’s Best Cat Litter-ary Contest, 2016
  • Winner, Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion for Best Children’s Book, 2015
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, 2016
  • Winner, Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award, 2016
  • Junior Library Guild Best Jewish Children's Books, 2015
  • Los Angeles Public Library List of Best Children's Books, 2015
  • School Library Journal's Give the Gift of Music "Great Books" List, 2015
  • All the Wonders Best Nonfiction Books, 2015
  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015

Awards for Here Is The World: A Year Of Jewish Holidays

  • Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Notable Book, 2014

Awards for October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

  • Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Master List, 2017
  • Nominee, South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2014-2015
  • Winner, Florida Council of Teachers of English Joan F. Kaywell Books Save Lives Award, 2014
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List, 2014
  • Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Outstanding Books for the College Bound selection (Literature and Language Arts category) 2014
  • Featured Book, Diversity Author Series (Campus-Wide Read), Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA 2013-2014
  • Arkansas Teen Book Awards Young Adult List, 2013-2014
  • "Read On" Wisconsin Selection, 2013-2014
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Notable Poetry List, 2013
  • Maine State Library "Cream of the Crop" Fiction List, 2013
  • Texas Library Association TAYSHAS High School Reading List, 2014
  • Nominee, Missouri Association of School Librarians Gateway Readers Award, 2014-2015
  • Finalist, Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Award 2014-2015
  • Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year List, 2013
  • Massachusetts Book Awards "Must-Read" Book, 2013
  • Finalist, New York State Reading Association Charlotte Book Award, 2014
  • Winner, International Reading Association Young Adults' Choices Reading List, 2013
  • Finalist, Audie Award, multiple-voice performance category, 2013
  • Young Adult Library Services Association Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2013
  • Audie Award, Multiple-Voice Performance Category, 2013
  • American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book, 2013
  • American Library Association LGBT Round Table Rainbow Book, 2013
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2013
  • Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Best Fiction for Young Adults Book, 2013
  • Nominee, Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Reader's Choice List, 2013
  • Campus Book-in Common, Spalding University, 2012-2013
  • Nerdy Book Club Poetry Award, 2012
  • Poetry Foundation Children's Poet Laureate Pick November 2012 (Chosen by J. Patrick Lewis)
  • Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2012
  • Audiofile Earphones Award, 2012 (audiobook)

Awards for Donovan's Big Day

  • Finalist, Martin Luther King "Living the Dream" Book Award, 2013

Awards for A Sweet Passover

  • Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Notable Book, 2013

Awards for Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy, Papa, and Me

  • American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards Honor Books, 2010
  • American Library Association Rainbow List of GLBT Books for Children and Teens
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2010
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Best Book Awards 2010
  • American Library Association Notable Children's Books 2010 (Mommy, Mama, and Me only)

Awards for Hachiko Waits

  • Winner, Voice of Youth Award, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL 2011
  • Winner, Illinois Bluestem Award: Grades 3-5 Readers Choice Award. 2010
  • Nominee, Young Hoosier Book Award, Intermediate Category, 2007-2008
  • Nominee, West Virginia Children's Book Award, 2006-2007
  • Nominee, Children's Crown Award, 2006-2007
  • Third Place Winner, Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award, 2007
  • Winner, Emphasis on Reading Alabama's Children's Choice Book Award, 2005-2006
  • Nominee, William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2006-2007
  • Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medal, Best Book of Fiction, 2005
  • Booksense Pick of the List, Fall 2004
  • Nomination, Great Lakes' Great Book Award, 2006
  • Nominee, Volunteer State Book Award, 2006-2007
  • Bank Street College of Education, Best Children's Books of the Year, 2005
  • Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List, 2005
  • ASPCA Henry Bergh Honor Book, 2005
  • Kiriyama Prize Honor Book, 2005

Awards for Jailbait

  • New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, 2006
  • Nomination, Best Books for Young Adults, 2006
  • Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2006

Awards for A Fire Engine for Ruthie

  • ALA Amelia Bloomer List of Feminist Titles for Young Readers, 2006
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, Gold Seal, 2005

Awards for The Best Cat in the World

  • Children's Book Council & International Reading Assoc. Children's Choices List, 2005
  • Muse Medallion, Best Children's Book, Cat Writers Association, 2004
  • Show Me Readers Award Master List, 2006-2007

Awards for The Boy Who Cried Fabulous

  • Seal of Approval, National Parenting Center, 2004
  • Booksense Pick of the List, Spring/Summer 2004

Awards for Runaway Dreidel!

  • Notable Book for Younger Readers, Association of Jewish Libraries, 2002

Awards for Felicia's Favorite Story

  • Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, Children's Book Category, 2002

Awards for Cats, Cats, Cats!

  • Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner, 2001
  • American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists, Picture Books, 2001

Awards for Fat Chance

  • Finalist, Iowa Teen Award, 1997-1998
  • Silver Award, The Parents' Choice Foundation, 1994

Awards for Remember That

  • Winner, Highlights For Children Fiction Writing Contest, 1992
  • Author of the Month: Highlights For Children, December 1992

Awards for Saturday is Pattyday

  • Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, Children's Book Category, 1994

Awards for Still Life with Buddy

  • Creative Writing Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1997

Awards for Heather Has Two Mommies (Alyson Publications edition)

  • Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, 1990

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