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Crystal Kite Winners 2017


Congratulations to the 2017 Crystal Kite winners! The Crystal Kite awards are a peer-voted honor bestowed for excellence in children’s books upon winners today in 15 US and international regions. SCBWI members vote to recognize outstanding books written and illustrated by their peers for books published in 2016. Over 1,000 books across all categories including picture books, middle grade, chapter books, young adult and nonfiction were entered in the competition.

SCBWI Executive Director Lin Oliver said,  “The SCBWI is happy to recognize these fifteen outstanding books, selected by our community of authors and artists, and congratulate their talented creators.  The Crystal Kite awards provide an opportunity for both best-sellers and hidden gems to be acknowledged, and brought forward to find their way into the hands of appreciative readers.”


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

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy




Australia, New Zealand

Smile Cry by Tania McCartney & Jess Racklyeft

Australia NZ



California, Hawaii

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature by Cindy Jenson-Elliott & Christy Hale

CA Hawaii




Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Aurora by Joan Marie Galat














Internationals Other

El jardín mágico by Lemniscates




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

Salt to the Sea  by Ruta Sepetys




Middle East, India, Asia

Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu

Middle East



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

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller (& Frank Morrison)




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

FEARLESS FLYER: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine by Heather Lang (& Raul Colon)

New England



New York

Saving Kate's Flowers by Cindy Sommer (& Laurie Allen Klein)

New york



SouthEast Division (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama 

Wish by Barbara O’Connor




SouthWest Division (Nevada, Arizona, Utah, southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico)

Space Boy and the Space Pirate by Dian Curtis Regan




Texas, Oklahoma

Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks




UK, Ireland

More of Me by Kathryn Evans

UK Ireland



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

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox