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Media Room

During her career, Mary has received numerous literary and other awards and honors because you, her loyal readers, have consistently bought and shared her books. Here are a just a few:

Co-Host of the Global Media Summit

2020 Christian Literary Awards

with Benjamin Dane

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Recipient of the 2018 Global Media Summit

Plantinum Media Award

Christian Women in Media

"Exceptional Service Award 2014"

Mary was honored at the 2014 Christian Women in Media National Conference in Dallas, Texas, with the Exceptional Service Award. Christian Women in Media is comprised of Christian women who work in the various forms of public media, including publishing, radio/TV, film, music and entertainment, journalism, and others. Mary was honored for her career in Christian publishing and for her service to others.

Featured Author

In 2009, Mary was featured on the cover of Cross & Quill--a prominent newsletter for Christian writers published by Christian Writers Fellowship International.

Best-Seller Lists

Mary's books have appeared on Christian best-seller lists, such as CBA's Christian Marketplace and Christian Retailing often. At one point her books were listed as #1 and #3 in the same month. Some of her books have remained on the list for many months, such as My Little Bible, International Children's Story Bible, and Hugs for Women.

C. S. Lewis Top Ten All-Time Favorites

Polka Dots, Stripes, Humps 'n' Hatracks (Brownlow Publishing, 1990), one of the books in the Happy Forest series, was selected for the C. S. Lewis Top Ten All-Time Favorites list. The colorful picture book, illustrated by Sesame Street artist Mary Grace Eubank, shows the delightful variety God created in the animal kingdom.

More Than a Million

ECPA Gold Book Award

Mary wrote Just Imagine!, the first hardcover picture book featuring Barney the Dinosaur (The Lyons Group, 1992). Within a few months, due to the popularity of the big purple guy, the book had sold more than 1.3 million copies. Sidelight: This is the only book Mary authored under her maiden name, Mary Shrode. She wrote it at the request of the Barney publisher, The Lyons Group.


Mary's books My Little Bible (Thomas Nelson) and the International Children's Story Bible (Thomas Nelson) have each received The Gold Book Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association for sales exceeding 500,000 copies.

ECPA Platinum Book Award

My Little Bible (Thomas Nelson) also received the Platinum Book Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for sales exceeding one million copies. Its sales now top two million copies.

Gift Book of the Year Finalist

Hugs for Women (Howard Books, 1998) was a finalist for the 1999 Inspirational Gift Book of the Year Award from The Inspirational Network. This upbeat gift book was a fixture on the CBA Marketplace Best-Sellers List for more than a year.

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