Dianne has been recognised for her outstanding publications and her books have received the following awards:
(Songololo Books and Greenwillow: New York)
Won a Children’s Book of Distinction Award from The Hungry Mind Review (USA:1994) In 2002 it was used as part of the Smithsonian (USA) summer reading program.
Won the Maskew Miller Longman Young Africa Award: short story category (1995) It is published in ‘Short Stories: Southern Africa and Beyond’ (Oxford University Press)
THE GIFT OF THE SUN
Won a Smithsonian Notable Books for Children award (USA), A Notable Children’s Trade Book Award by the Children’s Book Council (USA),
A Child’s Education Best Book of 1996 (United Kingdom), The Katrine Harries Award for illustration, a South African Best Book of the Year award (Bookchat) and it was on the South African Children’s Book Forum Honours List.
THE GUINEA FOWL’S SPOTS AND OTHER AFRICAN BIRD TALES
Was named one of the Exclusive Books Best Books for Children (2008)
BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY
Won the Indwe Risk / University of KwaZulu Natal Alumni Association adult short story competition. It was published in ‘New Contrast’ in 2010.