Crystal Kite Awards 2024 winners

Each year we recognize great books from around the world. 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.

Lucky Me!

Lawrence Schimel, Juan Camilo Mayorga

"This book stands out with its sensitive and positive portrayal of a visually impaired character and the normalized support of others. An essential purchase for all libraries...End materials include a brief history of Braille and the Braille alphabet. The Spanish edition was an IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities."–Heidi Dechief, School Library Journal starred review

Fiction

Hanukkah Upside Down

Elissa Brent Weissman, Omer Hoffmann

From their homes in New York and Aotearoa New Zealand, cousins Noah and Nora decide to have a competition. Winter versus summer: Who can have the world’s best Hanukkah? But as the eight nights of Hanukkah go on, the contest proves tougher than they imagined. Even as each cousin celebrates the holiday with their own unique traditions, they realize they have more in common than they thought.

Humor

Animals in Surprising Shades: Poems About Earth’s Colorful Creatures

Susan Johnston Taylor

Rosy pinks, regal blues, radiant greensAdorn birds, bugs, snails, slugs. Instead of paint on canvas, Nature colors feathers, fur, skin, scales. But if some see these creatures asOddball or off-the-wall, Why not delight in their whimsy and wonder?For young poets who love science and young scientists who love poetry, this thoughtful collection of poems about fascinating and colorful creatures found throughout the world invites readers to linger and wonder on every page. Learn why the Blue-footed Booby puts on a special dance or how the Picasso Bug uses its masterful chemical defense against predators. Explore simple and fun poetic forms like the tanka, haiku, and quatrain. Just be sure to take good notes! An interactive component rewards practicing poets seeking to challenge themselves further. With gorgeous illustrations and a rainbow of colors to complement the lyrical and engaging text, this book will fit nicely on the shelves of any classroom or library where kids are interested in science, writing or the arts.

THE LIGHT WITHIN YOU

Namita Moolani Mehra

A celebration of family love and the light we share with the world.Diya is excited to be going to India for Diwali, the Festival of Lights. That means she'll get to spend time with Nani, her beloved grandma, who she hasn't seen since her family moved from India. Now India is 7,850 miles away...Once Diya arrives in India, she immediately feels at home with Nani. Together they go shopping at the bazaar and prepare for the festival. As Diya and Nani celebrate Diwali together, Diya's heart soars. But all too soon, her trip will come to an end. Is there a way for Diya to take some of the light and magic of Diwali with her when she leaves?

Glitter Everywhere! Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going

Chris Barton and Chaaya Prabhat

If you love glitter, this book is for you. If you hate glitter, this book is also for you. Everyone seems to have strong feelings about glitter. But how much do you actually know about it? Who invented glitter? How is it made? Why does it stick to everything? Is it bad for the environment?* And of course: What makes glitter . . . glitter? With style and humor, Chris Barton and Chaaya Prabhat explore the good, the bad, the tiny, and the shiny of all things glitter. * Spoiler alert! Traditional glitter can be bad for the planet. That’s why the jacket of this book uses a glitter lookalike

Non-Fiction

Woven of the World

Katey Howes

Told from the perspective of a young girl learning to weave, Woven of the World is a lyrical meditation on the ancient art of weaving and what this beautiful craft can teach us.As rhythmic as the swish of a loom, and as vibrant as a skein of brightly dyed wool, this lyrical picture book shares the history and practice of weaving through the centuries and around the world, as imagined by a young weaver learning her craft. Her family's weaving practice helps her feel connected to the past and hopeful for the future. It shows her that each of us is a tapestry: a unique, rich, and beautifully interwoven combination of traits and traditions, with a pattern that is still emerging.At once a celebration of a time-honored art and a meditation on the ways we are interconnected, this artfully woven narrative gathers the threads of weaving as a technical skill, a cultural tradition, and as a metaphor for how our lives are knit together, into a radiantly intertwined whole.

Non-Fiction
Poetry

A River of Dust: The Life-Giving Link Between North Africa and The Amazon

Jilanne Hoffmann

In A RIVER OF DUST, dust takes the reader on a soaring journey as it lifts on the harmattan wind in North Africa, spills across the Atlantic, and rejoins its unforgotten home deep in the Amazon basin. The dust is key to the health of the Amazon, the Atlantic ocean, and our planet. And its story is a lyrical love letter between two continents that were torn apart millions of years ago and are destined to be rejoined millions of years in the future. It's STEM with a beating heart. 

I Ship: A Container Ship’s Colossal Journey

Kelly Rice Schmitt - author Jam Dong - illustrator

Made of steel, / colossal, / strong, / I ship around the world. Come aboard a massive container ship as it pulls into port, loads up with cargo, and heads out to the open ocean. The ship’s voyage includes starry skies and stormy seas, swift currents and unforeseen delays. Through it all, the crew keeps working―with goods to keep the world going, they must carry on.

Fiction

Wombats Are Pretty Weird: A [Not So] Serious Guide

Abi Cushman

Wombats are elusive, burrowing marsupials. Their teeth never stop growing, they have backward-facing pouches, and they’re the only animal to have cube-shaped poop. And if you ask their snake friend, Joey, those aren’t the only things that are weird about wombats! Abi Cushman’s Wombats Are Pretty Weird contains informative, expressive, and funny illustrations, and offers an entertaining blend of narration, sidebars, speech balloons, and dialogue between Joey the snake and the wombats he meets in the wild. A refreshing departure from traditional informational books!

Humor
Non-Fiction

Deep, Deep Down: The Secret Underwater Poetry of the Mariana Trench

Lydia Lukidis

DEEP, DEEP, DOWN: The Secret Underwater Poetry of the Mariana Trench is a lyrical spare-text STEM picture book that takes readers on a journey to where few humans have ever been. The narrative debunks scary myths about this mysterious place with surprising and beautiful truths about life at Earth's deepest point.

Willow and Bunny

Anitra Schulte

From a Caldecott Honor winner and New York Times bestselling artist and a Christopher Award–winning author, a beautiful, heartfelt tale of friendship, community, and hope after a difficult experience.Bunny needs a new home. After a long journey, he meets Willow and knows he will be safe beneath her branches. Every day is theirs to share. Just Bunny and Willow, Willow and Bunny.Then, one evening, an angry spiral whips through the wood. Every creature in the forest runs to Willow for shelter. As the storm rages, Willow shields and protects them with all her might. But when the calm returns, Willow’s beautiful branches are tattered, twisted, and forever changed. Bunny and the other creatures know it is their turn to help.This beautifully told tale by a Christopher Award–winning author and a Caldecott Honor artist offers messages of friendship, community, and hope after a difficult experience.PW Rights Report link:https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/84484-rights-report-week-of-september-28-2020.html

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

Alice Bianchi-Clark and Chloe Chang

Nonno, Alexander’s grandfather, is getting too old to look after his stamps. He plans to pass them on to Alexander, but the young boy isn’t sure he wants to be a collector. When Alexander learns about the philatelic museum, he would like everyone to enjoy Nonno’s stamps. “When you have something special, it’s good to share.” This story was inspired by the author's father, a philatelist, who scrimped, swapped and saved for sixty years until his collection, which spanned several continents, was stolen.

Fiction

Big

The first picture book written and illustrated by award-winning creator Vashti Harrison traces a child’s journey to self-love and shows the power of words to both hurt and heal. With spare text and exquisite illustrations, this emotional exploration of being big in a world that prizes small is a tender portrayal of how you can stand out and feel invisible at the same time.

Fiction

Song After Song: The Musical Life of Julie Andrews

Julie Hedlund, Ilaria Urbinati

Long before she starred in movies like The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and The Princess Diaries, Julie Andrews was a little girl struggling with her parents' divorce and the ravages of World War II. To comfort her and fill her time during the London Blitz, her stepfather taught her to sing, and Julie found her voice-one of the most extraordinary singing voices of all time. "A beautiful and lyrical celebration of my mother's legacy that hits all the right notes." -- Emma Walton Hamilton

Biography

A Stone Is a Story

Leslie Barnard Booth and Marc Martin

“Where do rocks come from?” The answer may be more incredible than you think! After all, a stone is not just a stone: a stone is a story. Embark on a journey across time to see how one stone can change and transform, from magma under Earth’s crust to the sand swept up by a rushing river to the very heart of the tallest mountain. Watch what happens when rain, ice, and wind mold this rock into something new, something you m

Non-Fiction

CREEP, LEAP, CRUNCH! A FOOD CHAIN STORY

Jody Jensen Shaffer, Christopher Silas Neal

In this nonfiction picture book, discover how the animal kindgdom’s food chain takes shape, from the lowly worm to the mighty king of the jungle. There was a blue sky with a bright shining sun, A dazzling, life-giving, fiery sun. The day had begun. Follow along as a day in the life of the food chain begins. From the sun that shines upon the grass and trees to the animals that feed each other, each element in nature has its place. But what happens when the food escapes? This cumulative story will delight, with a surprise ending that all science lovers will enjoy.

Non-Fiction