Mr. Semolina-Semolinus: A Greek Folktale (Anne Schwartz/Atheneum, 1997), co-authored with Soula Mitakidou~ American Library Association Notable Children’s Book; listed among the one hundred best books of the year by the New York Public Library; recipient of the 1997 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for first-time authors and illustrators.
The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece (Schwartz & Wade/Random House, 2011), co-authored with Soula Mitakidou~ a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of 2012.
Distinguished Teaching Award, Kent State University
Students’ Choice Award, Student Education Association, Kent State University
Arbuthnot Award from the International Literacy Association for outstanding university teaching
Center for Literature and Medicine (Hiram College/Northeast Ohio College of Medicine) Fellowship
Invited to serve as a member of the American Library Association’s 2006 John Newbery Award Committee to select the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.