2017 Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Awards Announced!

 
LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2017 –  The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators today announced the winners of its 2017 Golden Kite Awards, the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. The Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literature in five categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration. Each year, the SCBWI also names a recipient of The Sid Fleischman Humor Award, which salutes a children’s book that displays excellence in humor. 
 
This year’s SCBWI winners and honor recipients are listed by category: 
 
Picture Book Text
Winner: The Christmas Boot by Lisa Wheeler
Publisher: Dial
A touching Yuletide story about a lonely woman who finds a mysterious boot in the snow.
 
Honor: Time for Earth School, Dewey Dew by Leslie Staub
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
A nervous alien deals with being the only non-human at his new school. 
 
Picture Book Illustration
Winner: The Music in George's Head, illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Dazzling acrylic paintings accompany the story of how George Gershwin composed his masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue
 
Honor: Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
The childhood of civil rights activist John Lewis is told through rich watercolor illustrations.
 
YA
Winner: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Publisher: Philomel Books
This moving WWII drama follows three teenagers aboard the doomed MV Wilhelm Gustloff.
 
Honor: In-Between Days by Vikki Wakefield
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
An aimless seventeen-year-old struggles to find herself over the course of one life-changing summer.
 
Nonfiction
Winner: We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman
Publisher: Clarion
An enthralling look into the White Rose Society, a group of teenagers in Nazi Germany who led a successful resistance campaign against Hitler.

Honor: A Girl Called Vincent by Krystyna Poray Goddu
Publisher:  Chicago Review Press
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950), known as Vincent, was an acclaimed American poet who came to embody the modern, liberated woman of the Jazz Age. 

Middle Grade
Winner: The Haunting of Falcon House by Eugene Yelchin
Publisher: Henry Holt
A Russian prince, an eerie estate, and a family secret collide this atmospheric ghost story.  
 
Honor: Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins
Publisher: Atheneum

 
Sid Fleischman Humor Award
Winner: Welcome to Wonderland: Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Random House
P.T. and his friend Gloria must save the Wonderland motel in this raucous, action-filled comedy.