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June 4, 2018

Crystal Kite Awards Named

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On Friday I saw the SCBWI announcement of the winners of the 2018 Crystal Kite Awards.  These awards are given to 15 books voted the best by our writing and illustrating peers.  Why 15?  The membership of the SCBWI is divided into 15 voting districts for the purpose of these awards.

Without further ado, the winners are (leading with the region in which I live):

Mid South Division (Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana): A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

 

Atlantic (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Wash DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland): 7 ATE 9: THE UNTOLD STORY by Tara Lazar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia, New ZealandThe Scared Book by Debra Tidball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California, Hawaii: Lost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt

CanadaMy Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo

Internationals OtherWill You Read My Book with Me by Lawrence Schimel

Middle East, India, AsiaYossi and the Monkeys by Jennifer MacLeod

Mid West Division (Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio): Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island): This House, Once by Deborah Freedman

New YorkBeastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel by Nancy Castaldo

South East Division (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama): Mouse by Zebo Ludvicek

South West Division (Nevada, Arizona, Utah, southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico): If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed by Denise Vega

Texas, OklahomaThe Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson

UK, IrelandMold and the Poison Plot by Lorraine Gregory

Western Division (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota): The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

Congratulations to all of the lucky winners and now, if you will excuse me, I’m off to request books from the library!

–SueBE

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April 20, 2018

Crystal Kite: Time to Vote on Round 2

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Hi Everyone.  I hope you’ll forgive the super-short post today but I have a book due and everyone in the household has been sick.  Everyone.  We are on the mend but I’ve got to finish proofing my manuscript.

It is time to cast your 2nd Round vote for the Crystal Kite award. If you are an SCBWI member, the Crystal Kites are voted on by your peers, fellow authors and illustrators.  There is an award for each of the 15 SCBWI regional divisions worldwide. Round 2 voting ends April 30.

  1. To vote, go to the SCBWI site and log in.  You have to be logged in so this step is important.
  2. Click “My Home” at the top right corner of your screen.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the left hand menu and click on “Vote in the Crystal Kite Awards.”
  4. This will automatically take you to the correct region.  I’m in Kansas-Missouri which is part of the Mid-South.  You can scroll down the page and click on “More Info” to find out additional information on any given book.  You can sort the books by Title, Author Name, or Illustrator Name.
  5. Once you have decided which book you want to vote for, click on the “Vote For This Book” button for the book you have chosen.  You will be asked to confirm your vote.

That’s all there is to it.   Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go decide which book to vote for and it is not going to be easy.

–SueBE

April 5, 2018

Crystal Kite Award: It is Time to Cast Your Vote

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If you are an SCBWI member, it is time to cast your vote in the Crystal Kite Awards.  For those of you who have not vote before, the Crystal Kites are voted on by your peers, fellow authors and illustrators.  There is an award for each of the 15 SCBWI regional divisions worldwide.

This is Round 1 in the voting which will continue through April 14.  Cast your vote for one book.  The winners in this Round will become the finalists in the Second/Final round.

To vote, just follow these simple steps.

  1. Go to the SCBWI site and log in.  You have to be logged in so this step is important.
  2. Once you have logged in and reached your member page, scroll to the bottom of the left hand menu and click on “Vote in the Crystal Kite Awards.”
  3. This will automatically take you to the correct region, thankfully.  I’m in Kansas-Missouri which is part of the Mid-South.  Yep.  Not something I would have guessed.  Any-who, at that point you just take your time and look through the various candidates.  For the Mid-South, there are something like 41 eligible books.  You can scroll down the page and click on “More Info” to find out additional information on any given book.  You can sort the books by Title, Author Name, or Illustrator Name.
  4. Once you have decided which book you want to vote for, click on the “Vote For This Book” button for the book you have chosen.  You will be asked to confirm you vote and then you simply click “yes” or “no.”

That’s all there is to it.   Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go look over 41 different books and cast my vote.

–SueBE

May 23, 2017

Winners Announced: SCBWI Announces Winners of the 2017 Crystal Kite Awards

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I was so excited when I saw the notice for the annual Crystal Kite Awards.  The Crystal Kite awards are peer-voted in that members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators bestow this award for excellence in children’s books on their fellow writers and illustrators.  Winners are voted on and awards made with 15 US and international regions for books published in the preceeding year. It is always a tough call because so many great books are published every year.

Ah, well.  Without further ado, the winners are:

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy for the Atlantic Division  (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Wash DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland)

Atlantic

 

Smile Cry by Tania McCartney & Jess Racklyeft for Australia and New Zealand.  Not sure why but the cover really makes me think Easter.

Australia NZ

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature by Cynthia Jenson-Elliott & Christy Hale for California and Hawaii.  Mom loved Ansel Adams so this one really grabbed by attention.

 

 

 

CA Hawaii

Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Aurora by Joan Marie Galat for Canada.

Canada

 

El jardín mágico by Carme Lemniscates for Internationals Other.  I found this one online.  The publisher is Venezuelan.

P0-original

Salt to the Sea  by Ruta Sepetys for the Mid South  (Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana).  Sepetys is an amazing author!

midsouth

 

 

Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu for the Middle East, India and Asia.  Don’t you just adore this cover?  It really makes me want to read the book.

Middle East

 

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller (& Frank Morrison) for the MidWest Division  (Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio). Oddly enough, you’d expect KS/Mo to be part of the Midwest, but no. So I didn’t get to vote for this one!

midwest

FEARLESS FLYER: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine by Heather Lang (& Raul Colon) for the New England Region  (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island).  Oddly enough, although I have a strong background in history, none of the projects I’m currently working on are history.  Still, this is an excellent imprint (Calkins Creek) and I’ve put in a request.

New England

Saving Kate’s Flowers by Cindy Sommer (& Laurie Allen Klein) for the New York Region.  Don’t you just love the cover?

New york

Wish by Barbara O’Connor for the Southeast Division (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama).  I’m working on a couple of picture book manuscripts so I’ve got this on my reading list.  It has a different tone than mine but who knows, I might write a serious picture book some day.

SouthEast

Space Boy and the Space Pirate by Dian Curtis Regan for the Southwest Division (Nevada, Arizona, Utah, southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico).  Although I hadn’t read this one yet, I do have a request in for it as well as Space Boy and His Dog.   Study, study, study!

Southwest

Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thoms by Gwendolyn Hooks for the Texas and Oklahoma Region.  I love children’s biographies so I’ll be looking for this one at the library.

Texas

More of Me by Kathryn Evans for the UK, Ireland Region.  Unfortunately, my library doesn’t have this one!

UK Ireland

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox for the Western Division (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota).  Oh the excitements!  I adored this book.

Western

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of great books to read!

–SueBE

 

April 4, 2017

Crystal Kite Award: It Is Time to Cast Your Vote!

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If you are an SCBWI member, it is time to cast your vote in the Crystal Kite Awards.  For those of you who have not vote before, the Crystal Kites are voted on by your peers, fellow authors and illustrators.  There is an award for each of the 15 SCBWI regional divisions worldwide.

This is Round 1 in the voting.  Cast your vote for one book.  The winners in this Round will become the finalists in the Second/Final round.

To vote, just follow these simple steps.

  1. Go to the SCBWI site and log in.
  2. Once you have logged in and reached your member page, scroll to the bottom of the left hand menu and click on “Vote in the Crystal Kite Awards.”
  3. This will automatically take you to the correct region, thankfully.  I’m in Kansas-Missouri which is part of the Mid-South.  Yep.  Not something I would have guessed.  Any-who, at that point you just take your time and look through the various candidates.  For the Mid-South, there are something like 44 eligible books.  I can scroll down the page and click on “More Info” to find out additional information on any given book.  You can sort the books by Title, Author Name, or Illustrator Name.
  4. Once you have decided which book you want to vote for, click on the “Cast My Vote” button for the book you have chosen.  You will be asked to confirm you vote and then you simply click “yes” or “no.”

Good luck to all of you amazing authors and illustrators out there!  And, may be the best books win.

–SueBE

 

 

April 10, 2015

Book Awards: Who is elligible for the Crystal Kite Award?

Back sure your books are on the list of nominees for 2015.

Be sure your books are on the list of nominees for 2015.

When my book, the Ancient Maya came out, it never crossed my mind that I should enter to win the Crystal Kite. In fact, I didn’t even think about it until last week when I was voting in Round One of the 2014 awards.  Lucky for me that my book came out in February 2015 so it is still eligible.

To be eligible, you, the author or illustrator, need to be a current member of the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators.

Your book needs to have been published in the calendar year for that award.  So to win for 2015, which will be voted on in 2016, your book needs to have been published in 2015.

The publisher needs to be on the SCBWI PAL list of approved publishers.  For more on that list of commercial publishers, click here.

You need to list your book on your SCBWI profile.  To do that, go to http://www.scbwi.org.  Log in.  Click on My Home (purple button, type right).

At the bottom left of the page, you will see “publications” and under that “books.”  Click ADD and then follow the directions.  Be sure to click the box for “submit to Crystal Kite award.”

That’s all it takes!  If you have an eligible book, be sure to promote the award among your friends and on social media, but do not use the SCBWI messaging system, promote on the SCBWI discussion board, or e-mail people you don’t know — SCBWI has strict rules about spam.

As your books come out this year, don’t forget to add them to the nominations.

–SueBE

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