Donna Jo Napoli   Children's Author

Recent books

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Donna Jo Napoli writes for all ages, from picture books through young adult books.

Her awards include (in reverse chronological order):

  • Carolyn W. Field Honor Book given by the Pennsylvania Library Association (for HUNGER)

  • Sydney Taylor Book Award presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries (for STORM)

  • Eureka! Silver Honor Book of the California Reading Association (for TREASURY OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY)

  • Anne Izard's Storytellers' Choice Award (for MAMA MITI)

  • Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award (for MAMA MITI)

  • Parents' Choice Gold Award (for ALLIGATOR BAYOU)

  • Literary Lights for Children Award given by the Boston Public Library (2007)

  • Carolyn W. Field Honor Book given by the Pennsylvania Library Association (for FIRE IN THE HILLS)

  • Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award (for THE KING OF MULBERRY STREET)

  • Sydney Taylor Honor Book presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries (for THE KING OF MULBERRY STREET)

  • Sons of Italy National Book Club selection (for THE KING OF MULBERRY STREET)

  • Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award (for NORTH)

  • Nevada Young Readers Award (for DAUGHTER OF VENICE)

  • Golden Kite Honor Book given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (for BREATH)

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award (for ALBERT)

  • Carolyn W. Field Honor Book given by the Pennsylvania Library Association (for BEAST)

  • Carolyn W. Field Honor Book given by the Pennsylvania Library Association (for SPINNERS)

  • Drexel University and Free Library of Philadelphia Children's Literature Citation (1998)

  • Golden Kite Award given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (for STONES IN WATER)

  • Sydney Taylor Book Award presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries (for STONES IN WATER)

  • Carolyn W. Field Honor Book given by the Pennsylvania Library Association (for STONES IN WATER)

  • M. Jerry Weiss Book Award given by the New Jersey Reading Association (for THE PRINCE OF THE POND)

  • Leeway Foundation Grant for Excellence in Fiction (1995)

Bilingual-bimodal ebooks produced in a collaboration of students at Gallaudet University and Swarthmore College under the guidance of Gene Mirus and Donna Jo are available for free. These books are intended for adults to share with deaf children. You can access them here.

Many of the books are in ASL/English. But several are in other sign languages with the relevant ambient spoken language text and, often, overvoice, including the sign languages of Brazil, Fiji, Germany, Grenada, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and others are coming.

Linguistics: Donna Jo is also a linguist. You can access her linguistics profile: 

http://www.swarthmore.edu/donna-jo-napoli