Society of
Children's Book Writers
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2015 Crystal Kite Winners

The SCBWI is excited to announce the winners of the 2015 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards for our fifteen regional divisions:


Atlantic (Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey/Wash DC/Virginia/West Virginia/Maryland)

  • Yvonne Ventresca Pandemic (Sky Pony Press)


Australia/New Zealand

  • Karen Blair, written by Raewyn Caisley  – Hello From Nowhere  (Penguin Books Australia)



  • Connie Goldsmith Bombs Over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster (Lerner Publishing Group/Twenty-First Century Books)



  • Karen KrossingBog (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)


International Other

  • Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Floyd Cooper – A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream  (Philomel Books)


Mid-South (Kansas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Tennessee/Kentucky/Missouri/Mississippi)

  • Courtney StevensFaking Normal (HarperTeen) and Laura Roach DragonHurricane Boy (Pelican Publishing)


Middle East/India/Asia

  • Arundhati VenkateshPetu Pumpkin: Tooth Troubles  (Duckbill Books)


Midwest (Minnesota/Iowa/Nebraska/Wisconsin/Illinois/Michigan/Indiana/Ohio)

  • Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Gus Gordon – I am Cow, Hear Me Moo (Dial Books)


New England (Maine/Vermont/New Hampshire/Connecticut/Massachusetts/Rhode Island)

  • Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah Brannen – Feathers: Not Just for Flying (Charlesbridge)




New York

  • Nancy CastaldoSniffer Dogs: How Dogs (And Their Noses) are Saving The World (HMH)


Southeast (Florida/Georgia/South Carolina/North Carolina/Alabama)

  • Kerry Cerra, illustrated by Katy Betz – Just a Drop of Water (Sky Pony Press)


Southwest (Nevada/Arizona/Utah/Colorado/Wyoming/New Mexico)

  • Tara DairmanAll Four Stars (Puffin Books)



  • Varsha BajajAbby Spencer Goes to Bollywood (Albert Whitman & Company)



  • Claire FurnissThe Year of the Rat (Margaret K. McElderry Books)


West (Washington/Oregon/Alaska/Idaho/Montana/North Dakota/South Dakota)

  • Laurie Ann Thompson Be a Change Maker: How to Start Something That Matters (Simon Pulse)           


View the winning books!

The SCBWI would also like to thank Christopher Cheng, the International Awards Coordinator for all his help and hard work with the Crystal Kite Awards.


About the Crystal Kite Awards

The Crystal Kite Awards are given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to recognize great books from the seventy SCBWI regions around the world.  Along with the SCBWI Golden Kite Awards, the Crystal Kite Awards are chosen by other children’s book writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers.



Founded in 1971, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is one of the largest existing writers’ and illustrators’ organizations, with over 22,000 members worldwide. It is the only organization specifically for those working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. The organization was founded by Stephen Mooser (President) and Lin Oliver (Executive Director), both of whom are well-published children’s book authors and leaders in the world of children’s literature.  For more information about the Crystal Kite Award, please visit, and click “Awards & Grants.”