• International Latino Book Award, Best Children's Fiction Picture Book: The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe, (2013).[10]
  • Loretto Legacy Award for Arts and Literature (2012).[10]
  • Con Tinta Achievement for Literary Activism from Association of Writers & Writing Programs (2012)[10]
  • Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award: Gracias~Thanks, (2011).[10]
  • Eureka! Children's Nonfiction Award, Silver Honor, California Reading Association: Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love, (2010).[10]
  • Literary Legacy Award, El Paso Community College (2010).[10]
  • International Latino Book Award for Best Children's Picture Book in English: Abuelos, (2009).[10]
  • Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Poetry Award, Adobe Odes, (2008).[10]
  • Bronze Medal in Poetry, Independent Publisher Book Awards: Adobe Odes, (2008).[10]
  • Border Regional Library Association, Southwest Book Award: House of Houses, (2008).[10]
  • Luis Leal (writer) Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Letters, University of California at Santa Barbara (2008).[10]
  • International Latino Book Award, Best Poetry in English: Adobe Odes, (2007).[10]
  • Robert Long Medal for Distinuguished Contributions to Celebrating the Cultural Diversity of Children, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2007).[10]
  • Pura Belpré Honor Award for narrative: Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart, (2006).[11]
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award (2006).[10]
  • Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended List: A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Inéz, (2004).[12]
  • Arizona Governor's Book Award: Confetti: Poems for Children, (2004).[10]
  • Pellicer-Frost Bi-national Poetry Award, Ford Foundation, FEMAP Foundation and Museo de Arte e Historia del INBA-Cd. Juarez, (1999).[10]
  • Border Regional Library Association Southwest Book Award: A Birthday Basket for Tia, (1992).[10]
  • Poetry Award, Conference of Cincinnati Women (1990).[10]
  • El Paso Herald-Post Writer's Hall of Fame Inductee (1988).[13]
  • Kellogg National Fellowship Leadership Award (1986).[10][13]
  • Border Regional Library Association Award: Borders (1986).[13]
  • Border Regional Library Association Award: Chants (1984).[13]
  • Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, Harvey L. Johnson Book Award (1984).[13]
  • National Association for Chicano Studies, Creative Writing Award (1983).[13]

Mora has received Honorary Doctorates in Letters from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo and is an Honorary Member of the American Library Association. She was a recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship to write in Umbria, Italy. She was a Visiting Carruthers Chair at the University of New Mexico, a recipient and judge of the Poetry Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a recipient and advisor of the Kellogg National Fellowships.

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