Awards and Honors

The Junior Library Guild has selected Three Stars in the Night Sky as a June 2018 title.

The Junior Library Guild has selected Stumbling on History as an August 2017 title.


ippybrnzepslgo4Like Finding My Twin has received the following awards:

  • Society of Midland Authors 2015 finalist, Children’s Non-fiction
  • Independent Publisher Book Award 2016 Bronze Medal Winner   (Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction Category)



Is it Night or Day? has received several honors:


    • Illinois Reads selection 2013
    • Junior Library Guild selection, spring 2010
    • Booklist Top Ten Historic Fiction title for Youth 2010
    • Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Best Fiction Nominee for Young Adults 2010
    • Booklist starred review
    • 5th grade Summer Reading List 2010
    • Moonbeam Gold Medal Winner – Young Adult Fiction
    • Historical/CulturalChicago Public Library “Best of the Best” 2010
    • Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance teaching toolimages-1
    • Sydney Taylor Notable Book 2010
    • Maine State Student Book Award Title List
    • Bank Street College’s “Best Children’s Books of the Year” Master List
    • Tennessee YA Volunteer State Book Award Master List
    • South Carolina Book Award Nominee, 2012-13
    • Garden State Teen Book Awards Honorable Mentions List, 2012
    • Selection for One Book/One Community program in Waseca, MN and Libertyville/Vernon Hills, IL



Motherland has received the following honors:

    • Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award 2000
    • Illinois State Library’s Read-For-A-Lifetime 2007-2008 title
    • Barnes & Noble Discover New Great Writers title
    • Featured title for “Quad Cities Reads” and “Racine Reads” bookSense(One book/one community book groups)
    • BookSense 76 pick
    • Booklist’s list of “Holocaust Literature: Best of the Year” title (2000)
    • Featured on The Oprah Show
    • German and Dutch editions (The book is read in German classrooms to teach tolerance.)
  • Illinois State Library Read-For-A-Lifetime 2007-2008 Booklist
  • Selection for One Book/One Community programs at Libertyville/Vernon Hills, IL; Racine, WI; and the Quad Cities, IL, IA
  • The Illinois Association of the Teachers of English (IATE) selected Fern Schumer Chapman as its 2004 Illinois Author of the Year.