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January 16, 2019

SCBWI Announces 2019 Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Awards

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On Tuesday, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announced the winners and honor recipients of the annual Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Awards. The Golden Kites are the first children’s literary award judged by the creators peers. The 6 categories are Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Non-Fiction for Younger Readers, Non-Fiction for Older Readers, Picture Book Illustration, and Picture Book Text. The Sid Fleischman Award is given for humor writing.
The winners are:
Middle Grade Fiction:
Winner: Susan Hood’s Lifeboat 12 (Simon & Schuster). (The descriptions were provided with the announcement so I am including them here.) This compelling novel in verse, based on true events, tells the story of a boy’s harrowing experience on a lifeboat after surviving a torpedo attack during World War II.
Honors titles:
Dusti Bowling’s 24 Hours in Nowhere (Sterling Children’s Books)
Susan Fletcher’s Journey of the Pale Bear (Margaret K. McEldery Books)
Jewell Parker Rhodes’s Ghost Boys (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)


Non-Fiction for Younger Readers:
Barb Rosenstock’s Otis and Will Discover the Deep (Little Brown). The suspenseful, little-known true story of two determined pioneers who made the first dive into the deep ocean.

Honor Titles:
Sandra Neil Wallace’s Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery (Paula Wiseman Books)
Annette Bay Pimental’s Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon (Nancy Paulson Books)
Melissa Stewart’s Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers (Peachtree)


Non-Fiction for Older Readers:
Elizabeth Partridge’s Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam (Viking). A personal, moving foray into the Vietnam War and its impact that goes beyond the historical facts to show how the war irrefutably changed the people who were there.   Sue here: This book is currently in my to-be-read pile.

Honor Titles:
Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Hey, Kiddo: How I lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction (Graphix/Scholastic) Sue here: This book is currently in my to-be-read pile.
Gail Jarrow’s Spooked! How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America (Calkins Creek)


Picture Book Illustration:
Becca Stadtlander’s Made by Hand: A Crafts Sampler (Candlewick). A beautiful, one-of-a-kind volume invites readers to marvel at the time, effort, and care that went into creating handmade toys, tools, and treasures of the past.
Honor Titles:
Larry Day’s Found (Simon & Schuster)
Barbara McClintock’s Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)


Picture Book Text:
Jessie Oliveris’s The Remember Balloons (Simon & Schuster). A tender, sensitive picture book that gently explains the memory loss associated with aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Honor Titles:

Cori Doerrfeld’s The Rabbit That Listened (Dial Books for Young Readers)
John Himmelman’s Floaty (Henry Holt & Co. Books for Young Readers)
Troy Howell’s Whale in a Fish Bowl (Schwartz & Wade)


Young Adult Fiction:
Jane Yolen’s Mapping the Bones (Philomel). Influenced by Dr. Mengele’s sadistic experimentations, this story follows twins as they travel from the Lodz ghetto, to the partisans in the forest, to a horrific concentration camp where they lose everything but each other.
Honor Titles:
Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X (Harper Teen)
Vesper Stamper’s What the Night Sings (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Sid Fleischman Award Winner:   
Angela Dominguez’s Stella Diaz has Something to Say (Roaring Brook Press).
A heartwarming story based on the author’s experiences growing up Mexican-American.
I’m sure a few of these titles will be new to you.  Check them out at your local library and see what has impressed your peers.  Although you may have to read each title twice – once for the pleasure and once to learn.




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