- 2012 Oklahoma Writer's Hall of Fame
- The National Book Award
- The American Book Award
- Outstanding Book of the Year, The New York Times
- Outstanding Woman of the 20th Century
- Coretta Scott King Honor Award Book, American Library Association (3 awards)
- 44th Annual NAACP Image Award Nominee for Children's Fiction
- Poet Laureate Award, Center for Poets and Writers
- Kirkus Reviews Editors' Choice- Best Book for Young Adults, American  Library Association
- Book of the Month Club Selection
- Before Columbus Book Award
- Teacher's Choice Award, International Reading Association
- Parents' Choice Award Winner
- Notable Book Award, American Library Association
- Selected Title for Children and Young Adults, National Conference of Christians & Jews
- New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for the Book
- Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement, University of Tennessee
- Arkansas Traveler Award, The Honorable William J. Clinton, Governor of Arkansas
- Governor's Award, The Honorable Frank Keating, Governor of Oklahoma
- Oklahoma Book Awards Winner
- Citation, Oklahoma Senate
- Citation, Oklahoma House of Representatives
- Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List
- Oklahoma Pioneer Woman of the Year Award
- California Librarians Black Caucus Award
- National Black Home Educators Conference Special Appearance
- Sigma Gamma Rho Society Honorary Induction
- Proclamation, City of Berkeley, California
- Recognition, City of Tulsa, Oklahoma

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