The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has announced this year's winners of the Golden Kite Awards.
The Golden Kite Award is the only award presented to children’s book authors and artists by their peers.
The SCBWI presents five types of annual awards: the Golden Kite Awards, the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, the Magazine Merit Awards, the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award, and the Portfolio Award. The Golden Kite Award, first given in 1973, is the only major children's book award presented by one's peers, and, therefore, is one of the most respected and coveted honors in the field. The Sid Fleischman Humor Award is presented to authors whose work exemplifies the excellence of writing in the genre of humor. Magazine Merit Awards are presented for outstanding original magazine work for young people published during that year. The Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award, named for author and SCBWI Board Member Sue Alexander, is presented to the best manuscript submitted for individual critique at the Los Angeles Annual Conference. Also presented at the Los Angeles Annual Conference, the Portfolio Award is presented to the best art portfolio on view at the Juried Portfolio Display. All SCBWI Awards are given to works that exhibit excellence in writing or illustration, and genuinely appeal to the interests and concerns of children.
Previous winners include A Room On Lorelei Street by Mary E. Pearson, Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis, Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli, True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Obviously I am not going to list every award and honor book given since 1973...but I picked a few 'stand-outs' in my opinion!!!