In 2018, Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God received first place in the Hollywood Book Festival, which celebrates books that deserve greater recognition from the film, television, game and multimedia communities.
In 2011, she was honored with a bronze marker in her hometown of Iowa City, Iowa. The marker is part of the city’s Literary Walk, which features a variety of installations recognizing authors who have lived and worked in the community. The walk was installed after Iowa City was named by UNESCO as the world’s third City of Literature in 2008.
In 2004, her children’s book Sweet Corn & Sushi was named the Iowa Children’s Book of the Year and was given to 40,000 schoolchildren.