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Crystal Kite Winners 2021

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Presented annually to PAL books that represent excellence in the field of children’s literature, the Crystal Kites Awards are peer-selected, voted on by SCBWI members from local regions. Congratulations to our wonderful 2021 winners for books published in 2020, listed here by division. 

For more information about submitting to the Crystal Kites, visit our official award description page.
For more information about each of the winners and to purchase the titles, visit our Bookshop page.

 

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

EVELYN DEL RAY IS MOVING AWAY
Meg Medina (Sonia Sánchez, illustrator)

 

Australia, New Zealand

HOW TO MAKE A BIRD
Meg McKinlay (Matt Ottley, author)

 

California, Hawaii

EFRÉN DIVIDED
Ernesto Cisneros

 

Canada

NIGHT WALK
Ellie Arscott (Sara O’Leary, author)

 

Europe, Latin America, Africa

THE HUNGRY GHOST
Helle Norup

 

Mid South Division
(Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana)

THE OLDEST STUDENT:
How Mary Walker Learned to Read
Rita Hubbard (Oge Mora, illustrator)

 

Middle East, India, Asia

THE LAST GARDEN
Rachel Ip (Anneli Bray, illustrator) 

 

Mid West Division
(Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio)

OLD ROCK (is not boring!)
Deb Pilutti 

 

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

LET’S DANCE!
Valerie Bolling (Maine Diaz, illustrator)

 

New York

THE BOY AND THE GORILLA
Jackie Azúa Kramer (Cindy Derby, illustrator)

 

South East Division
(Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama)

THE LITTLE BLUE COTTAGE
Kelly Jordan (Jessica Courtney-Tickle, illustrator)

 

South West Division
(Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico)

MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL
Fleur Bradley (Xavier Bonet, illustrator)

 

Texas, Oklahoma

DUSK EXPLORERS
Lindsay Leslie (Ellen Rooney, illustrator)

 

United Kingdom, Ireland

BOY, EVERYWHERE
A.M. Dassu

 

Western Division
(Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota)

THE STARKEEPER
Faith Pray

 

 

Last Updated May 2021