Selected Book Awards

The Kid’s Guide to Social Action

  • “Bookseller’s Choice,” Assn. of Booksellers for Children
  • “Children’s Book of Distinction,” Hungry Mind Review
  • “Reading Magic Award,” Parenting Magazine
  • “Best of the Best for Children,” American Library Assn
  • “Excellence in Educational Journalism,” Educational Press Assn. of America
  • “Best Books for the Teen Age,” New York Public Library
  • MBA Award – Best innovative book – Midwest Independent Pub. Assn.

Kids With Courage

  • ALA /YALSA “Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers”
  • “Editor’s Choice,” Hungry Mind Review
  • CCBC Choice,” Cooperative Children’s Book Center

The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects

  • “Best Books for the Teen Age,” New York Public Library
  • “Notable Children’s Trade Book in Social Studies,” Children’s Book Council
  • “National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval

What Do You Stand For? For Teens

  • ALA / YALSA “Quick Pick”
  • “Best Books for the Teen Age,” New York Public Library
  • “Honor Award,” National Parenting Publications (NAPPA)
  • Parent Council® selection
  • “Read America!” selection

What Do You Stand For? For Kids

  • “Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award”
  • “Read America!” selection
  • Parent Council® selection

The Survival Guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids

  • Legacy Book Award, finalist

The Teen Guide to Global Action

  • The Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (American Library Association)

Teaching and Community Personal Awards

  • “Professional Best Leadership Award,” Learning Magazine, top five teachers in nation
  • “Women Who Make a Difference,” Family Circle
  • “Thanks to Teachers,” State & National recognition
  • “Master Planter for Utah,” American Forests
  • “Recognition Award for Outstanding Teaching,” Utah Association for Gifted Children
  • “Distinguished Alumnus Award,” University of Utah”
  • 100 Notable Utah Women, Past and Present,” American Association of University Women of Utah
  • “Light of Learning Award,” Utah State Board of Education
  • “Excellence in Education,” Deseret News

Students’ Projects Awards and Recognitions

Barbara and her students have received nine national awards, including:

  • U.S. President’s Youth Environment Award
  • Future Problem Solving—Community Problem Solving—state and national winners
  • Busch Pledge & A Promise Award
  • Take Pride in America
  • Renew America Award
  • JCPenney Golden Rule Award
  • Amway Salutes

And have been featured in over 30 national magazines and newspapers, including:

  • President & Mrs. George Bush
  • United Nations
  • Learning Magazine
  • Congressional Record (3 times)
  • National Wildlife
  • USA Today
  • Educational Leadership
  • Scholastic
  • Newsweek
  • New York Times Magazine
  • Chicago Sunday Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Ralph Nader (25 syndicated columns)
  • NEA Today
  • Family Circle
  • CBS This Morning
  • CBS Dan Rather Evening News
  • CBS World News
  • CNN “Newsroom”
  • CNN News – radio
  • Sierra Magazine
  • Working Mother Magazine
  • Time Magazine
  • Social Education
  • Special Reports
  • Weekly Reader
  • Ladies Home Journal
  • The Education Digest
  • “Living Well,” (80 radio stations)

And have won 30 local and state awards for Jackson Elementary School Gifted and Talented Education projects, including:

  • Utah Associated Garden Clubs
  • The UPHA – Surety Life Insurance Company Youth Award
  • Utah State Division of Environmental Health Recognition Award
  • Salt Lake City’s Community Development Program Recognition
  • Governor’s Take Pride in Utah Award