SCBWI's Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Awards are given annually to children's books published in the preceding year.
The Golden Kite Awards are to recognize excellence in children's literature. Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. More than 1,000 books are entered each year. Eligible books must be written or illustrated by SCBWI members, and submitted either by publishers or individuals.
The Sid Fleischman Award goes to an author whose work "exemplifies excellence in the genre of humor, a category so often overlooked by other award committees in children's literature."
Congratulations to... *drumroll*...
For Picture Book Text, Pat Zietlow Miller for "Sophie's Squash" (Random House)
For Picture Book Illustration, Peter Brown for "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild"(Little Brown)
For Fiction, Tim Federle for "Better Nate Than Ever" (Simon and Schuster)
For Nonfiction, David Meissner for "Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure" (Boyd Mills Press)
And the Sid Fleischman Humor Award goes to...
Bill Konigsberg for "Openly Straight" (Arthur A. Levine Books)
Congratulations to the winners!
The awards will be presented at the Golden Kite Luncheon during SCBWI's 42nd Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, CA, August 2-5, 2014.
Shout-outs as well to the four Golden Kite Honorees:
Picture Book Text Honor: Amy Ludwig VanDerwater for "Forest Has a Song" (Clarion Books)
Picture Book Illustration Honor: Yuyi Morales for "Niño Wrestles the World" (Roaring Book Press)
Fiction Honor: Elizabeth Wein for "Rose Under Fire" (Hyperion)
Nonfiction Honor: Pamela Turner for "The Dolphins of Shark Bay" (Houghton Mifflin)