SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Crystal Kite Finalists 2020


Following are the finalists in each of the 15 Divisions for the 2020 SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards, for PAL books published in 2019.

US Divisions:

ATLANTIC (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Wash DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland)
A TIME TRAVELER’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY by Nicole Valentine
Be A Maker by Katey Howes (illus. Elizabet Vukovic)
Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life by Laurie Wallmark (illus. Katy Wu)
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry (illus. The Fan Brothers)
Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature by Marcie Atkins

 

California, Hawaii
ALL OF ME by chris baron
All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey
Cursed by Karol Silverstein
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree by Lorraine Rocha (author: Jamie Deeniham)

 

Midsouth (Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana)
A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey (illustrators. Mike Song)
Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen by Niki Lenz
KOALA IS NOT A BEAR by Kristin Gray (illus. Rachel McAlister)
Poetree by Shauna Reynolds (illus. Shahrzad Maydani)
The Wind Plays Tricks by Virginia Howard (illus. Charlene Chua)

 

Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio)
A COMPUTER CALLED KATHERINE: HOW KATHERINE JOHNSON HELPED PUT AMERICA ON THE MOON by Suzanne Slade (illus. Veronica Miller Jamison)
Just Like Rube Goldberg by Sarah Aronson (illus. Robert Neubecker)
QUEEN OF PHYSICS: HOW WU CHIEN SHIUNG HELPED UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE ATOM by Teresa Robeson
When You Are Brave by Pat Miller (illus. Rebecca Huang)

 

New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island)
16 WORDS: WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS AND “THE RED WHEELBARROW” by Lisa Rogers (illus. Chuck Groenink)
Bird Count by Susan Richmond (illus. Stephanie Coleman)
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island by Jennifer Thermes (illus. Jennifer Thermes)
What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett (illus. Diana Sudyka)

 

New York
BIRTH OF THE COOL: HOW JAZZ GREAT MILES DAVIS FOUND HIS SOUND by Kathleen Berman (illus. Keith Henry Brown)
Goodnight, Starry Night by Amy Guglielmo (& Julie Appel)
The Little Green Girl by Lisa Anchin
SECRET SOLDIERS by Keely Hutton
Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson

 

Southeast (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama)
THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz (illus. Kayla Harren)
Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn (illus. Alisa Coburn)
Everybody Says Meow by Constance Lombardo
I WILL BE FIERCE! by Bea Birdsong (illus. Nidhi Chanani)

 

Southwest (Nevada, Arizona, Utah, southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico)
A Race Around the World: The True Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland by Caroline Rose (illus. Alexandra Bye)
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Tradition by Juana Martinez-Neal (author Kevin Noble Maillard)
Mother Goth Rhymes by Karen Windness
TRUMAN by Jean Reidy (illus. Lucy Ruth Cummins)

 

Texas, Oklahoma
Bear is Awake! An Alphabet Story by Hannah Harrison
Big and Little, A Story of Opposites by Cheryl Pilgrim
Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen by Beth Mills
HER OWN TWO FEET: A RWANDAN GIRL’S BRAVE FIGHT TO WALK by Meredith Davis (& Rebeka Uwitonze)
Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever by Barbara Lowell (illus. Dan Andreasen)

 

West (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota)
A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry (illus. Mónica Armiño)
Ghost Cat by Kevan Atteberry
My Heart by Corinna Luyken
THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF COYOTE SUNRISE by Dan Gemeinhart

 

International Divisions:

Australia, New Zealand
Catch A Falling Star by Meg McKinlay
Colouroos by Anna McGregor
One Careless Night by Christina Booth
Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire by Nat Amoore

 

Canada
A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice by Nadia Hohn (illus. Eugenie Fernandes)
Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Charlene Chua (author Kat Zhang)
I’m Worried by Debbie Ohi
Small World by Ishta Mercurio-Wentworth (illus. Jen Corace)

 

Europe, Latin America, Africa
Ice Breaker: How Mabel Fairbanks Changed Figure Skating by Rose Vina-Kathy (illus. Claire Almon)
Swisstory: The Untold, Bloody, and Absolutely Real History of Switzerland by Laurie Theurer (illus. Michael Meister)
Togetherverse by Esther Samuels-Davis

 

Middle East, India, Asia
Darkless by Tanu Shree Singh (illus. Sandy Prabhat)
Indigo Girl by Suzanne Kamata
The Blogger #3 – Adventure on The Train by Maya Maytav (illus. Amit Ben Haim)

 

UK, Ireland
Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans
Help! I Smell a Monster by Justin Davies (illus. Kim Geyer)
The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike (illus. Dinara Mirtalipova)
Princess BMX by Marie Basting (illus. Flavin Sorrentino)
The Tide by Clare Welsh (illus. Ashling Lindsey)

 


Last updated: May 2020.