A partial listing of awards.
We're proud of them all.
Great Lakes Bookseller Association Award
Cooperative Children's Book Center Awards
International Reading Association Teacher's Choice Award
Bank Street College of Education--Best Book of the Year List
Alabama Camellia Nominee Children's Choice Award
New York State Reading Association Awards
Winner, Michigan Reading Association Reader's Choice Award
Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards
Read Michigan Selection Awards
Michigan Notable Book Awards
Midwest Booksellers Association Awards
International Reading Association Children's Choice Award
Rutgers University Book of the Month Award
Minnesota Book Award Finalist
Children's Crown Gallery Awards
#1 Amazon Bestselling Category Book Award
Storytelling Awards--Stories for Adolescent Listeners Category, Winner
National Book Festivals State Selection Award
Both The Legend of Sleeping Bear and The Legend of Mackinac Island were developed into animated stories for television, and both were narrated by actor Jeff Daniels.
Kathy-jo was the first Michigan writer with the distinction of having two books designated to the Read Michigan Notable Book List in the same year.
Along with her husband, photographer Ed Wargin, they have the distinction of being the first married couple to first have a joint book and later separate books on the Michigan Notable Book List in the same year.
Her first children's book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, is Michigan's Official State Children's Book.