Jilly is a character that is easy for a child to relate to, which in turn makes it easy to point out to your child examples of poor/unwanted behavior.
Missy, GoodReads.com

News & Awards

'Jilly' honored with prestigious Nautilus Award


"Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums" has received a Silver Award in the prestigious Nautilus Book Awards.

The Nautilus awards are an annual accolade of books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Established in the U.S. in 1998, it is considered a "major" book award and has been conferred to prominent authors including The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Barbara Kingsolver, Thich Nhat Hanh, Amy Goodman, Charles, Prince of Wales and Desmund Tutu.

The award carries a monetary prize and seeks to recognize books in multiple categories that “make a difference and inspire.” Most Nautilus Awards have been granted to books from major academic presses such as Stanford University Press, Princeton University Press, University of Michigan Press, University of California Press, Columbia University Press, and Michigan State University Press as well as large commercial publishers such as Penguin, W.W. Norton, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Little, Brown. However, several independent presses, including Island and Bloomsbury, are represented in the registry of past awards.

The social networks Goodreads and Librarything maintain lists of Nautilus Award recipient books on their websites.

'Jilly' wins Silver in Feathered Quill awards


"Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums" has won the Silver/2nd Place award in the 2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program in the category of Children's Illustrated Books.

One judge applauded the philosophy at the core of "Jilly": "I love the lesson taught here, and wish all parents would take this to heart. I wish you much luck on spreading the Loving Regulation and Smart Love Concept to everyone around the globe."

Feathered Quill is a preeminent online review site founded in 2008. In 2013, the site launched its prestigious annual book awards, highlighting titles in a broad range of categories.


'Jilly' receives Book Excellence Award


“Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums and How She Outgrew Them” has been honored with a 2017 Book Excellence Award for Picture Books, Age 4-8.

Sponsored by Literary Excellence Incorporated, the Book Excellence Award recognizes high quality design, writing and overall appeal of books published in the year of their award. To learn more, visit https://bookexcellenceaward.com/honorees/.


VoyageChicago features Dr. Pieper


The Chicago online magazine VoyageChicago sat down with Dr. Martha Heineman Pieper to talk about her Smart Love approach to child development. Read the interview at https://tinyurl.com/y8xydxhx.

'Jilly' honored with NAPPA Award


The National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) has recognized "Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums" for its ability to help "kids who need to be taught tools for handling their emotional frustration.”

“Helping our kids manage and better articulate their feelings is a critical part of parenting and this is a delightful book to guide our children through their frustrations,” says NAPPA Director Elena Epstein. “We especially like the message that Jilly’s parents will always love her, even in the midst of a temper tantrum.”

For over 26 years, the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) has been ensuring that parents purchase the highest quality products that help them connect and enjoy time with their families. NAPPA’s team of independent expert judges, along with parent and child testers, select the best music, toys, apps, games, books, baby gear and other family must-haves to be award winners through year-round product testing.


'Jilly' wins 4 Purple Dragon awards


"Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums" has been honored in four categories of the prestigious Purple Dragonfly Book Awards sponsored by Story Monsters LLC.

The book received a first place award in the categories of "Growing Pains" and "Picture Books 6 and older." It took second place in the "Best Cover Design" and "Best Illustrations" competition.

The Purple Dragonfly awards are presented each year to recognize exceptional authors for excellence in writing and publishing.

Mom's Choice Award


"Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them" has received a Gold Award from the Mom's Choice Awards, which honor excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

'Jilly' a finalist in Best Book Awards


American Book Fest has named "Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums" a finalist in the Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Hear Dr. Pieper talk about temper tantrums


Dr. Martha Heineman Pieper discusses "Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums" on Michigan's Big Show radio.
Listen to "Dr. Martha Pieper, Author of "Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums and How She Outgrew Them"" on Spreaker.