IBPA 2022 Benjamin Franklin Award Young Readers 8-12
“It’s good people who make good places.” Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
Middle Grade Books
SCBWI Karen and Phil Cushman Award
FINDING MOON RABBIT
CHB Media Books
Here’s what Karen Cushman said of JC’s work:
“I chose Finding Moon Rabbit because the writing is strong, authentic, and sometimes even lyrical; Koko an intriguing and original character; the subject matter compelling and important.”
Novel in Verse
The True Voyages of Herman Melville and John Manjiro
FSPA Contest Winner
“A million shells from distant shores
gather on this sunny beach.
Fan-shaped bits of yesterday rest next
to twisted salt-soaked wood.
I could travel far away and my feet not take one step.”
Sijo JC Kato
Fall of 2024: Reycraft Books
THREE HORSES for the MIKADO
Gold Royal Palms Winner
Florida Writers Association
Here’s what an Editor of Balzer + Bray had to say:
“Quite lovely! Very well researched, beautifully written. I loved learning about this! Often very poetic and fascinating.”
THE SINGING WATER
Familiar acoustic songs and comforting sounds of nature blend artfully into engaging, meditative soundscapes.
(Click Album, and then “Preview Selections” to listen.)
“Summer with Grandmom and Poppy felt like spending time in a land far away from the way everybody else did things….”
THE GIFT of SONGBIRD
A squeaky swing leads to learning the value of listening.
(Click on the bluebird to hear a clip.)