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2016 Crystal Kite Awards Announced


The SCBWI is excited to announce the winners of the 2016 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards for our fifteen regional divisions:


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

Laurie Wallmark

Laurie Wallmarkillustrated by April Chu – Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine (Creston Books)


Australia/New Zealand

Frane Lessac      b1_b8683ad2-c0f9-4b5d-ba7c-5d7d0fe416ef_1024x1024

Frané Lessac – A is for Australia (Walker Books Australia) and Peter Carnavas – Blue Whale Blues (New Frontier Publishing/Scholastic Australia)



Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee – Under a Painted Sky (Penguin BFYR)



Margriet Ruurs

Margriet Ruurs – A Brush Full of Colour (Pajama Press)

International Other

Angela Cerrito

Angela Cerrito – The Safest Lie (Holiday House)


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

Stephanie Bearce

Stephanie Bearce —Top secret Files of History – WWII (Prufrock Press)

Middle East/India/Asia

Melanie Lee

Melanie Lee, illustrated by David Liew – The Adventures of Squirky the Alien #3: Who is the Red Commander? (MPH Group Publishing)


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

Pat Zietlow Miller

Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler – Wherever You Go (Little, Brown)


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

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Lynda Mullaly Hunt  Fish in a Tree (Nancy Paulsen Books)


New York

Kat Yeh

Kat Yeh – The Truth About Twinkie Pie (Little, Brown)



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

Rob Sanders

Rob Sanders, illustrated by Brian Won – Outer Space Bedtime Race (Random House)


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

Melanie crowder

Melanie Crowder – Audacity (Philomel Books)



Don Tate

Don Tate –Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree Publishers) 



Teri Terry

Teri Terry – Mind Games (Orchard Books)


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

Elise Parsley

Elise Parsley – If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON’T! (Little, Brown)




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.”