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The Golden Kite

The Golden Kite is one of five awards presented by The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) In this respect it's like a Players Player Award in sport as writers and illustrators are recognized by their peers.

In addition to the Golden Kite, SCBWI presents four other awards types of annual awards: the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, the Magazine Merit Awards, the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award, and the Portfolio Award.

Founded in 1971, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is one of the largest existing writers’ and illustrators’ organizations, with over 22,000 members worldwide. It is the only organization specifically for those working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.

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2010 Golden Kite Winners

FICTION: Sea of the Dead
by Julia Durango
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

NONFICTION: Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song
by Ashley Bryan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster)

PICTURE BOOK TEXT: The Longest Night
by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ted Lewin
Holiday House

illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora
Lee & Low Books


FICTION: Neil Armstrong is My Uncle
by Nan Marino
Roaring Book Press

NONFICTION: Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life
by Catherine Reef
Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

PICTURE BOOK TEXT: Bella & Bean by Rebecca Kai Dotlich,
illustrated by Aileen Leijten
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster)

illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Carolrhoda Books

2009 Golden Kite Recipients

Fiction: Down Sand Mountain by Steve Watkins
Candlewick Press
Editor: Kaylan Adair

Nonfiction: A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts by Pamela S. Turner
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Editor: Melanie Kroupa

Picture Book Text: A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker
Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Candlewick Press

Picture Book Illustration: Last Night by Hyewon Yum
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Designer: Irene Metaxato


Fiction: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Henry Holt & Co.

Nonfiction: The Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes by Ellen Jackson
Photographed & illustrated by Nic Bishop
Houghton Mifflin

Picture Book Text: Before John was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Picture Book Illustration: I Love My New Toy illustrated and written by Mo Willems

2008 Recipients | 2007 | 2006 | 1973 - 2005 (inc slideshow of covers)

PAST Golden Kite Recipients

Winners of 2008 Golden Kite Award
Fiction: Home of the Brave
by Katherine Applegate
Feiwel and Friends

Nonfiction: Muckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens Helped Expose Scandal, Inspire Reform, and Invent Investigative Journalism
by Ann Bausum National Geographic Society

Picture Book Text: Pierre In Love, by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Petra Mathers
Orchard Books

Picture Book Illustration: Little Night, Illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales, Roaring Brook Press

2007 Golden Kite Honor Recipients:Fiction: Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
Dial Books for Young Readers
Nonfiction: 1607: A New Look at Jamestown by Karen Lange
National Geographic Society
Picture Book Text: The End, by David LaRochelle illustrated by Richard Egielski
Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Picture Book Illustration: Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo?, Illustrated and written by Carlyn Beccia
Houghton Mifflin Company

2006 Golden Kite Award Winners


Firegirl by Tony Abbott - Liittle Brown and Co. for Young Readers


Adventures Of Marco Polo, by Russell Freedman, Arthur A. Levin Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Picture Book Text

Jazz by Walter Dean Myers, Illustrated by Christopher Myers, Holiday Hous

Picture Book Illustration

Not Afraid of Dogs, Illustrated by Larry Day, Written by Susanna Pitzer- Walker & Company

Honor Books


Wings by William Loizeaux, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, illustrated Leslie Bowman


Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon, (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (Awards) by Catherine Thimmesh (below) - Houghton Miffin Company

Dear Mr. Rosenwald, by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by R. Gregorg Christie- Scholastic Press

Picture Book Illustration

Hippo! No, Rhino, Illustrated and written by Jeff Newman , Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers

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Golden Kite Winners 1973- 2005


* Fiction: A Room on Lorelei Street, Mary E. Pearson
* Nonfiction: Children of The Great Depression, Russell Freedman
* Picture Book Text: Doña Flor, Pat Mora (illustrated by Raul Colón)
* Picture Book Illustration: Baby Bear's Chairs, Melissa Sweet (authored by Jane Yolen)


* Fiction: Bucking The Sarge, Christopher Paul Curtis
* Nonfiction: Dust To Eat: Drought And Depression In The 1930s, Michael L. Cooper
* Picture Book Text: Apples to Oregon, Deborah Hopkinson (illustrated. Nancy Carpenter)
* Picture Book Illustration: The Mysterious Collection of Dr. David Harleyson, Jean Cassels


* Fiction: Milkweed, by Jerry Spinelli
* Nonfiction: After The Last Dog Died: The True-Life, Hair-Raising Adventure Of Douglas Mawson And His 1911-1914 Antarctic Expedition, by Carmen Bredeson
* Picture Book Text: The Dirty Cowboy, by Amy Timberlake (illus. Adam Rex)
* Picture Book Illustration: I Dream Of Trains, by Loren Long (author Angela Johnson)


* Fiction: Fresh Girl, by Jaïra Placide
* Nonfiction: This Land Was Made For You And Me: The Life And Songs Of Woody Guthrie, by Elizabeth Partridge
* Picture Book Text: George Hogglesberry, Grade School Alien, by Sarah Wilson
* Picture Book Illustration: Mrs. Biddlebox, by Marla Frazee

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* Fiction: True Believer, by Virginia Euwer Wolff
* Nonfiction: Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
* Picture Book Text: The Shoe Tree of Chagrin, by J. Patrick Lewis
* Picture Book Illustration: The Lamp, The Ice, And The Boat Called Fish, by Beth Krommes


* Fiction: The Boxer, by Kathleen Karr
* Nonfiction: Darkness over Denmark, by Ellen Levine
* Picture Book Text: River Friendly, River Wild, by Jane Kurtz
* Picture Book Illustration: The Rain Came Down, by David Shannon


* Fiction: Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
* Nonfiction: Space station Science: Life in Free Fall, by Marianne J. Dyson
* Picture Book Text: A Band of Angels, by Deborah Hopkinson
* Picture Book Illustration: The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza), by Amy Wolrod


* Fiction: Rules of the Road, by Joan Bauer
* Nonfiction: Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life, by Russell Freedman
* Picture Book Text: Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems, by Kristine O'Connell George
* Picture Book Illustration: Snow, by Uri Shulevitz


* Fiction: Stones in Water, by Donna Jo Napoli
* Nonfiction: Carmine's Story: A Book About a Boy Living With AIDS, by Arlene Schulman
* Picture Book Text: The Paper Dragon, by Marguerite W. Davol
* Picture Book Illustration: The Paper Dragon, by Robert Sabuda


* Fiction: The Moorchild, by Eloise McGraw
* Nonfiction: Small Steps, by Peg Kehret
* Picture Book Text: Saving Sweetness, by Diane Stanley
* Picture Book Illustration: Market Day, by Holly Berry


* Fiction: The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis
* Nonfiction: Abigail Adams, by Natalie S. Bober
* Picture Book Illustration: Fairy Wings, by Dennis Nolan and Lauren Mills


* Fiction: Catherine, Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman
* Nonfiction: Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor, by Russell Freedman
* Picture Book Illustration: Big Fat Hen, by Keith Baker


* Fiction: Make Lemonade, by Virginia Euwer Wolff
* Nonfiction: Eleanor Roosevelt, by Russell Freedman
* Picture Book Illustration: By the Light of the Halloween Moon, by Kevin Hawkes


* Fiction: Letters From a Slave Girl, by Mary E. Lyons
* Nonfiction: The Long Road to Gettysburg, by Jim Murphy
* Picture Book Illustration: Chicken Sunday, by Patricia Polacco


* Fiction: The Rain Catchers, by Jean Thesman
* Nonfiction: The Wright Brothers, by Russell Freedman
* Picture Book Illustration: Mama, Do You Love Me, by Barbara Lavallee


* Fiction: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi
* Nonfiction: The Boy's War, by Jim Murphy
* Picture Book Illustration: Home Place, by Jerry Pinkney


* Fiction: Jenny of the Tetons, by Kristiana Gregory
* Nonfiction: Panama Canal: Gateway to the World, by Judith St. George
* Picture Book Illustration: Tom Thumb, by Richard Jesse Watson


* Fiction: Borrowed Children, by George Ella Lyon
* Nonfiction: Let There Be Light, by James Cross Giblin
* Picture Book Illustration: Forest of Dreams, by Susan Jeffers

* Fiction: Rabble Starkey, by Lois Lowry
* Nonfiction: Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark, by Rhoda Blumberg
* Picture Book Illustration: What the Mailman Brought, by Tomie DePaola

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* Fiction: After the Dancing Days, by Margaret Rostowski
* Nonfiction: Poverty in America, by Milton Meltzer
* Picture Book Illustration: Juma and the Magin Jinn, by Charles Mikolaycak


* Fiction: Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan
* Nonfiction: Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, by Rhoda Blumberg
* Picture Book Illustration: The Donkey's Dream, by Barbara Helen Berger


* Fiction: Tancy, by Belinda Hurmence
* Nonfiction: Walls: Defenses Throughout History, by James Cross Giblin
* Picture Book Illustration: Little Red Riding Hood, by Don Wood


* Fiction: The Tempering, by Gloria Skurzynski
* Nonfiction: The Illustrated Dinosaur Dictionary, by Helen Roney Sattler
* Picture Book Illustration: Little Red Riding Hood, by Trina Schart Hyman


* Fiction: Ralph S. Mouse, by Beverly Cleary
* Nonfiction: Chimney Sweeps, by James Cross Giblin
* Picture Book Illustration: Giorgio's Village, by Tomie de Paola


* Fiction: Little, Little, by M. E. Kerr
* Nonfiction: Blissymbolics, by Elizabeth Helfman


* Fiction: Arthur, For the Very First Time, by Patricia MacLachlan
* Nonfiction: The Lives of Spiders, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent


* Fiction: The Magic of the Glits, by C. S. Adler
* Nonfiction: Runaway Teens, by Arnold Madison


* Fiction: And You Give Me a Pain, Elaine, by Stella Pevsner
* Nonfiction: How I Came to Be a Writer, by Phyllis Reynolds


* Fiction: The Girl Who Had No Name, by Bernice Rabe
* Nonfiction: Peeper, First Voice of Spring, by Robert McClung


* One More Flight, by Eve Bunting


* The Garden Is Doing Fine, by Carol Farley


* The Girl Who Cried Flowers, by Jane Yolen


* Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene

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