Thursday, April 3, 2014

Announcing The 2014 Spark Award Winners - SCBWI's Award for Independent- and Self-Published Books for Kids and Teens!

The new annual award to recognize excellence in a children's book published through a non-traditional publishing route, SCBWI's inaugural SPARK award goes to two books...

The heart-pounding BMX bike girl YA novel SHREDDED by Karen Avivi (a Canadian author)


The picture book about the power of art in two brothers' lives, AL AND TEDDY by Neil Waldman (a US author.)

Congratulations to both Karen and Neil!

And cheers as well to the author/illustrators of the four Spark Honor books:

Saving Mars, a thrilling sci-fi adventure by Cidney Swanson.

A teenager must choose between super powers and saving those she loves in One, by Leigh Kopans

Wendy Kupfer’s Let’s Hear it for Almigal, a picture book illustrated by Tammie Lyon, celebrates Almigal’s determination to hear every sound in the world with her new hot pink cochlear implants.

Wings for a Flower, by Ellen Gaffney, tells the inspiring story of an Indian girl’s rehabilitation after losing the use of her legs.

Illustrate and Write On,

1 comment:

Neil Waldman said...

Dear Lee,
I'm so thrilled that "AL and TEDDY" was chosen as the first picture book to win the SCBWI Spark Award! All profits from book sales go to the Fred Dolan Art Academy, a free Saturday school I founded in the Bronx. Its the mission of the Academy to help young Bronx artists go to college . . . and every penny earned from sales of AL and TEDDY will be used to purchase colored pencils, easels, oil paints and pizza for our kids. The story of how the book came into being is quite compelling. You can read about it, view the animated trailer, and much more, on the book's website -
I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
Neil Waldman