New Year, New Awards and So Much More to Come

Coming back from holiday break is always hectic, but this year after sorting through a very full inbox we have some amazing news to share. Four Arbordale books received a spot on reading lists this New Year.


In the last week of December, the National Science Teachers Association with the Children’s Book Council announced their annual Outstanding Science Trade Books for 2017 and After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary made the list! NSTA has published this list since 1973 so that children are able to find quality books to build literacy skills while learning science.


In addition to the NSTA award, the Kansas NEA Reading Circle has selected Tuktuk: Tundra Tale, A Case of Sense, and Animal Legs for their annual catalog. School library-media specialists across the state use this catalog to buy great books for their school libraries.


Our final good news in the New Year, six new titles are on the way and they launch on February 10th. Get to know them here!

You Like Us, You Really Like Us!

October has been full of awards for Sylvan Dell Publishing! Three of our spring 2013 titles and one from fall 2012 have been honored with different literary awards for being exemplary children’s books.

BalloonTrees_128Balloon Trees has won a 2013 gold President’s Book Award by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA)! This award is given to publishers for books that show “publishing excellence in creativity and design, content and production.” Publishers from all across the nation enter for the President’s Book Awards every year, and we are honored that Balloon Trees was chosen! Balloon Trees, by Danna Smith, is a rhyming story that shows the process of balloons and their journey from rubber trees all the way to factories. Readers can actually see this process through the illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein.


FerdinandFox_128Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer has won bronze 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award! These awards are given to chosen books nationwide by the Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher that “inspire children to read, learn, and dream.” The Moonbeam awards encourage the celebration of books that promote life-ling literacy for children in North America. This book tells the story of Ferdinand the fox and all of his exciting new experiences during his first few months of life. Readers can watch as Ferdinand grows from a young “kit” into an adult fox in this photographic journal by Mary Holland.

NatureRecycles_128Nature Recycles, How About You? was chosen as a 2013 Literary Classics Award winning book! Literary Classic Book Awards & Review seeks to recognize literature that “foster creative thinking” in readers, encourage better cognitive skills, and a “greater understanding of people and the world around us.” Books from all over the U.S. are judged by this review and Sylvan Dell is privileged to be honored with Nature Recycles, How About You? This book by Michelle Lord shows children how animals all over the world use recycled materials for their habitats. With illustrations by Cathy Morrison, readers can learn how to be less wasteful as well as the importance of recycling on our planet.

WarmWinter_128A Warm Winter Tale has been chosen as a recipient of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award! This award is given to books that the Gelett Burgess Center feel are exceptionally creative, educational, and family-friendly. The Gelett Burgess Award is intended to promote the celebration of books that enhance children’s learning all over the United States. This book by Carrie A. Pearson shows readers how different animals from all over the world adapt to cold environments during the winter months. With illustrations by Christina Wald, readers are able to see how different animals handle cold weather, just like humans!

Sylvan Dell is proud to work with such amazing talent, congratulations to all of our winning authors and illustrators! To learn more about each of these award-winning books check out

Let’s Toot the Horn of our Award-Winning Author, Donna Love!

Author Donna Love has become a USA Best Book Awards Finalist for her latest picture book, The Glaciers are Melting! is an online publicaion that provides coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the online community of the world.  JPX Media Group, in Los Angeles, California, is the parent company of

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said that this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to over 500 winners and finalists. 

This is now the ninth year that these awards have been distributed.  Keen says, “The 2011 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States.  With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the USA ‘Best Books’ Awards, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”

The Glaciers are Melting! deals with the story of Peter Pika, who is certain that the glaciers are melting after a drop of water falls on his head.  He decides to go speak to the Mountain Monarch about it.  Joined along the way by friends Tammy Ptarmigan, Sally Squirrel, Mandy Marmot, and Harry Hare, they all wonder what will happen to them if the glaciers melt.  Where will they live, how will they survive?  When Wiley Wolverine tries to trick them, can the Mountain Monarch save them?  More importantly, can the Mountain Monarch stop the glaciers from melting?

Donna Love is an award-winning author whose husband is a district ranger on the Lolo National Forest.  Two of their three children are now in college.  In addition to The Glaciers are Melting!, Donna’s other books include Henry the Impatient Heron, Loons, Diving Birds of the North, and Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World. Awesome Ospreys became a Skipping Stones Press Honor Award Winner in 2006, for promoting ecological understanding and cooperation around the world. With a background in art education, Donna substitute teaches at the elementary and high school level. Throughout her years as a substitute and while raising her own children, she found she had a gift for explaining nature to children. She and her husband have three grown children and one grandchild.

If you are interested in learning more information about Love visit her website at Check out more one her book, The Glaciers are Melting! through our homepage.

Three Sylvan Dell Titles Win Gold!

Both the Mom’s Choice Award Foundation and Tillywig have just awarded Sylvan Dell Publishing picture books some of their top awards. Astro: The Steller Sea Lion and Big Cat, Little Kitty received gold Mom’s Choice Awards for Excellence, and Habitat Spy received the Tillywig Brain Child Award.

The Mom’s Choice Awards is an awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services. It is known for establishing a benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services.

Tillywig’s mission is to provide retail buyers, news media, parents, and consumers with product information and reviews of superior children’s products available in today’s marketplace.

Sylvan Dell’s mission is to excite children’s imaginations with artistically spectacular science, math, and nature-themed stories.  All Sylvan Dell titles are held to the highest standards of excellence and include a “For Creative Minds” educational section in the back of the book, and extensive resources including teaching activities, quizzes, related websites, and more free online at Sylvan Dell titles have been honored as finalists or winners of over 70 book awards.  Our Science and Math Through Literature Program integrates reading, science, math, geography, character skills, and language learning through fun, cross-curricular activities.