Struttin’ with Some Barbecue

Struttin' with Some Barbecue

Awards & Honors


Winner of Society of Midland Authors Children’s Nonfiction 2019

Junior Library Guild Selection 2019

The Children’s Book Council: Best Middle-Grade of 2018 from Kirkus Reviews


SCBWI Recommended Reading List 2018

Betsy Bird’s Best Nonfiction Chapter Books of 2018

2018 Unique Biographies – Betsy Bird List

A Word Edgewise recommended middle grade books in verse

The NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019

Trio – collaboration of book, songwriter, artist


 “…this work brings down the house.”

Kirkus Review 9/30/2018 Starred ReviewStarred Review

“ …inspirational and great fun … [Recommended]”

– Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (11/2018)

“Readers will be inspired by her perseverance and rise to success… [Recommended for most libraries]

– School Library Journal

“our community is lucky to have some of the most outstanding children’s authors in the country”

Champaign Urbana News Gazette

“…story bounces along with a syncopated beat…to make the reader dance.”

– Booklist 11/15/2018

“…gem of a book…”



The Children’s Writer’s Guild Interview with Patricia




Decatur Herald March 21, 2019