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1996

Golden Archer Primary Award Winner from the Wisconsin Educational Media Association for Jumanji. Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Winner [Grades 3-8] for The Sweetest Fig.

1995

Rhode Island Children's Book Award Winner for The Sweetest Fig.

1993

Maryland Children's Book Award Winner for Two Bad Ants.

1992

Georgia Children's Book Award Winner, Georgia Child Picture Story Book Award for Two Bad Ants.

1991

Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Winner for Two Bad Ants.

1987

Kentucky Bluegrass Award from Northern Kentucky University for The Polar Express.

1986

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books citation for The Stranger. Caldecott Medal for The Polar Express. Boston Globe Horn Book Award for illustration for The Polar Express. Parent's Choice Award for Illustration from the Parents' Choice Foundation for The Stranger.

1985

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books citation for The Polar Express. Irma Simonton Black Award from Bank Street College of Education for The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. West Virginia Children's Book Award for Jumanji. Parent's Choice Award for Illustration from the Parents' Choice Foundation for The Polar Express.

1984

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books citation for The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award from the Washington Library Media Association for Jumanji. Parent's Choice Award for Illustration from the Parents' Choice Foundation for The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

1983

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books citation for The Wreck of the Zephyr. The New York Times Outstanding Books citation for The Wreck of the Zephyr. Kentucky Bluegrass Award from Ohio State Library for Jumanji.

1982

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books citation for Ben's Dream. International Board on Books citation for illustration for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Caldecott Medal for Jumanji. Boston Globe Horn Book Award for illustration for Jumanji. Children's Choice from the International Reading Association for Jumanji. American Book Award for illustration from the Association of American Publishers for Jumanji. Parent's Choice Award for Illustration from the Parents' Choice Foundation for Ben's Dream.

1981

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books citation for Jumanji. The New York Times Outstanding Books citation for Jumanji.

1980

Caldecott Honor Book citation from the American Library Association for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Boston Globe Horn Book Award for illustration for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Irma Simonton Black Award from The Bank Street College of Education for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.

1979

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books citation for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

2004

In 2004, The Polar Express was made into a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks.