- A Few Good Books of the Year, 1995, Book Link
- Best Books of 1995 list, Bank Street College
- 1996 New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age list
- Skipping Stones Honor Award, Nature and Ecology books, 1996
- Parent Council Ltd. Title
- CORE Knowledge Resource Guide
- 2002 Peace Corps Writer’s Award for Best Children’s Writing
- The ASPCA “Henry Bergh Honor Award” 2001
- “Gold Medal Award” Oppenheimer Portfolio 2001
- “Pick of the Lists” American Booksellers Spring ’01
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- Nest Literary Classics Selection
- Finalist for the Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Washington State, for 2003
- “Africana Honor Book Award” African Studies Association, 2001
- “Best Books of 2000” Bank Street College“
- Lasting Connections” 2000, Book Links
- Nest Literary Classic Selection
- “Popular Paperbacks for Teenagers” YALSA List, 2002
- “Best Books for Young Adults” ALA 2000
- “Lasting Connections 2000” Book Links
- “Best Books for the Teen Age” New York Public Libraries, 2000
- “Best Books of 2000” Bank Street College
- The ASPCA “Henry Bergh Award” 2004 for Best Young Adult Novel
- 2005 Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association
- “Top Ten Books for Young Readers” 2005 U.S. State Department List
- “Top 100 Books of the Year 2005” New York Public Libraries List
- 2007 list of Notable Books for a Global Society, awarded by the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the IRA
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2007, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council
- Bank Street Children’s List for The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2007
- “Africana Honor Book Award for Older Readers”, Outreach Council of the African Studies Association, 2010
The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are given under the auspices of the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association, a non-profit corporation founded in 1957 and open to all persons and institutions interested in African affairs. The Outreach Council shares and disseminates resources about Africa; exchanges experiences on best practices in conducting outreach activities; serves the ASA membership in educating the public about Africa; and facilitates the exchange of ideas, information and research findings on Africa.
Literary Classics is an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in literature. Through their AWARDS, BOOK REVIEWS, and SEAL OF APPROVAL PROGRAM, they help readers sort through the many books in circulation today. It is their goal to help readers select the finest books available. Additionally, their programs offer opportunities for publishers, authors and illustrators to receive recognition for providing excellence in literature.
Literary Classics Review: Hope is Here! is the fascinating story of a small migratory bird called Hope. Hope is a Whimbrel, a bird about the size of a duck, which was implanted with a solar antenna for the purpose of scientific research. It is the research team’s intent to learn the migratory patterns of these birds to help protect the eco-system upon which they depend. The story, as told by a teacher to her students, recounts the incredible journey made by Hope each year from Canada all the way to her breeding grounds in the Caribbean. Over a four year period, Hope provided valuable data which will help ensure that more of her kind will continue to thrive in the many places they call home. The book includes photographs and colorful illustrations along with a glossary and even suggestions on how to help protect Hope’s delicate eco-system. Hope is Here! is well written and provides a great deal of information to keep young readers engaged. This book is recommended for classroom reading, and for home and school libraries.
I love HOPE IS HERE! It’s my first book not set in Africa, so it holds extra meaning to me. I was honored to be included in the program of Cecile Galiber de Jongh, First Lady of the Virgin Islands at the time. HOPE IS HERE! is about a real bird’s life, documented in live time, by a small antennae and solar pack on her back. She flew 51,000 miles in four years! And twice through tropical storms! It’s a great story with a fun and unusual combination of beautiful original artwork by Marcos Castillo and photos and maps from scientists who had worked with Hope, a whimbrel. The book received the LUMEN Youth Nonfiction Award for Literary Excellence for Young Readers, from Literary Classics. Yahoo!
“Kessler uses very simple language and repetition to give the text a lyrical quality. Epanya’s bold, primitive acrylic paintings are eye-catching.” – From School Library Journal.