The King’s Persons (1963), Joanne Greenberg’s novel about the York massacre, won the Jewish Book Council of America Award for Fiction in 1963. In This Sign (1970) is such a sensitive exploration of the world of the deaf that it is studied by those who deal with the hearing-impaired. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden was endorsed by Dr. Karl Menninger as a contribution toward the understanding of schizophrenia; in 1967 she was given the Frieda Fromm-Reichmann Award by the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, an honor seldom accorded to laypersons.
Greenberg also received the Harry and Ethel Daroff Memorial Fiction Award in 1963 and the William and Janice Epstein Fiction Award in 1964, both of them awarded to her by the National Jewish Welfare Board for her book The King’s Persons. In 1971, she won both the Marcus L. Kenner Award from the New York Association of the Deaf and the Christopher Book Award for In This Sign. She received the Frieda Fromm-Reichmann Memorial Award from Western Maryland College in 1977 and from Gallaudet College in 1979. In 1983, she was awarded the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Award.