Press

Articles and Interviews

March 2020: Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator in Red Tricycle.

January 2020: To Live on an Island reviewed in Kids Book Buzz.

June 2019: To Live on an Island in Washington Family magazine.

2/6/19: Kirkus review for To Live on an Island. Excerpts: “…reminiscent of Robert McCloskey…” “A heartfelt snapshot of a way of life.”

12/18/2017: Emma featured on Melissa Stoller’s blog, This Writing Life.

8/13/2017: Emma featured on Magnolia and Manuscripts blog.

8/8/2017: Journey named finalist for Washington State Book Award. Read list of finalists here.

5/18/2017: Journey honored at Bank Street College award ceremony. Read Publisher’s Weekly recap here. Click here to view ceremony (at 1:17) or go to KidLit TV on Facebook.

5/2/2017: Journey named winner of Bank Street College’s Cook Prize.

4/22/2017: Journey named winner of Northland College’s Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA), children’s book category.

1/4/2017: Oregon Wild interview.

1/2/2017: Feature on Robin James (Journey illustrator) on Seattle news station.

12/4/2016: Interview on A Novel Idea radio show, KRCB (Sonoma) NPR station. Emma’s part begins at minute 35.

12/2016: Alaska Beyond Magazine (December 2016 edition)

11/16/16: Lu and Bean Read Podcast interview. Excerpt: “Smith’s book captures the complex interplay between the natural world and our human interests.”

11/9/16: Washington Parent review. Excerpt: “…compelling… Illustrations by Robin James capture the strength and dignity of the wolf and the sweeping vistas and small details of the native flora and fauna that he passes.”

11/4/16: Huffington Post feature. Excerpt: “Every now and again a book comes along that moves me all over the place.”

11/4/16: Psychology Today blog feature. Excerpt: “All in all this book is outstanding and I’m sure audiences of all ages will enjoy it.”

10/12/16: Librarian in Cute shoes interview. Excerpt: “I thought this melancholy love story had the makings of a good book…”

10/12/16: Librarian’s Quest blog write-up. Excerpt: “Journey… inspires us to be better protectors and active in wildlife recovery efforts.”

9/17/16: Red Tricycle feature. Excerpt: “But if the true story of the wandering wolf doesn’t make you teary, the parallel tale of Abby, a young girl who follows his story in the news and becomes intent on helping him, will definitely tug at those heartstrings.”

School Library Journal review. Excerpt: “An informative, well-written story useful for units on wolves or nature studies.”

9/16/16: Booklist review. Excerpt: “This accessible and engaging picture book is an empowering account of a conservation success story.”

7/20/16: Kirkus review. Excerpt: “…environmental good news invitingly presented.”

5/23/16: Interview on the blog of Karlin Gray, author of Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still. Excerpt: “I hung up, then put my head down on my kitchen counter and cried. After countless rejections for other books, over the years, the relief and gratification was just immense.”