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Presented annually for PAL books that represent excellence in the field of children’s literature, the Crystal Kite Awards are peer-selected and voted on by SCBWI members from local regions. Congratulations all.


For more information about submitting to the Crystal Kites, visit our official award description page.


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Award Year:
Awards Presented in 2022
(For books published in 2021)
Authors(s): Kate Albus
Illustrators(s): Cover art by Jane Newland
Division: Atlantic
Regions: Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Wash DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland
Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
Authors(s): Ginny Myers Sain
Division: Texas/Oklahoma
Regions: Texas, Oklahoma
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin Random House)
Authors(s): Melissa Iwai
Division: New York
Regions: New York
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Authors(s): Aimee Bissonette
Illustrators(s): David Hohn
Division: Midwest
Regions: Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Authors(s): Stephanie Lucianovic
Illustrators(s): Vashti Harrison
Division: California/Hawaii
Regions: California, Hawaii
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette Book Group USA)
Authors(s): Susanne Gervay
Division: Australia/New Zealand
Regions: Australia, New Zealand
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Authors(s): Jessica Young
Illustrators(s): Rafael Lopez
Division: Mid-South
Regions: Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette Book Group USA)
Authors(s): Rajani LaRocca
Division: New England
Regions: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Authors(s): Sachiko Kashiwaba
Illustrators(s): Miho Satake
Translators(s): Avery Fischer Udagawa
Division: Middle East/India/Asia
Regions: Middle East, India, Asia
Publisher: Restless Books
Authors(s): Frances Tosdevin
Illustrators(s): Sophia O'Connor
Division: UK/Ireland
Regions: UK, Ireland
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Authors(s): Donna Barba Higuera
Illustrators(s): Raxenne Maniquiz
Translators(s): Aurora Humarán
Division: West
Regions: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota
Publisher: Levine Querido
Authors(s): Derick Wilder
Illustrators(s): Catia Chien
Division: Southeast
Regions: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Authors(s): Sandra Nickel
Illustrators(s): Aimee Sicuro
Division: Internationals Other
Regions: Internationals Other
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Authors(s): Lana Button
Illustrators(s): Carmen Mok
Division: Canada
Regions: Canada
Publisher: Tundra Books
Authors(s): Andrea Y Wang
Illustrators(s): Jason Chin
Division: Southwest
Regions: Nevada, Arizona, Utah, southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico
Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.