Crystal Kites

The Crystal Kites were announced last week.  Take a look at this amazing list of books — winners were selected by Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) members living in each geographic area listed.

Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota
Once Upon A Memory written by Nina Laden,  illustrated by  Renata Liwska

Nevada, Arizona, Utah, southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico
Tea Rex  written by Molly Idle

Australia/New Zealand
Zac and Mia written by AJ Betts

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana
The Ballad of Jessie Pearl
  written by Shannon Hitchcock

Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio
Sophie’s Squash
written by Pat Zietlow Miller
Sue breaking in here — this is actually a debut picture book by an author vs an author illustrator.  Check it out if you too write but do not illustrate picture books.

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Mass, Conn, Rhode Island
The Story of Fish & Snail
  written by Deborah Freedman

International Other
Chickosaurus Rex: 
author-Lenore Appelhans,  illustrator-Daniel Jennewein

New York
author -Samantha Berger , illustrator- Dan Santat.
Me, again.  An excellent choice for Santat fans.

written by Candy Gourlay

Tie:  I Dare You Not to Yawn written by  Helene Boudreau and Skink on the Brink: author-Lisa Dalrymple,  illustrator: Suzanne del Rizzo

Penn, Del, NJ, Wash DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland
The Flame in the Mist written by Kit Grindstaff

Middle East, India, Asia      ARMY CAMELS Texas Ships of the Desert
written by Natasha Sharmanatty
Mid south: Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama 
The Thirteenth Sign
  written by Kristin Tubb

The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge written by Alexis O”Neill
You might recognize this author’s name.  Like me, she is a former SCBWI Regional Advisor.  
Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert  written by Doris Fisher
Always thought this would make a great story.  Can’t decide if I’m jazzed or bummed that she beat me to it.  That said, my WIP (work-in-pile) is a fiction picture books so maybe there’s room for both.  Requested it at the library already.

Happy Reading!