Society of
Children's Book Writers
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The Golden Kite Awards event was held on Friday, February 24th.  Watch the event recording here!


This event was open to the public as we announced our winners LIVE on Zoom. 
The winners of each category receive an award of $2,500, along with $1,000 to donate to the nonprofit of their choice. The honor winners receive $500 along with a $250 donation to the nonprofit of their choice.

Middle Grade:

The Civil War of Amos Abernathy by Michael Leali (HarperCollins)

Ellen Outside the Lines by A.J. Sass (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Iveliz Explains it All by Andrea Beatriz Arango, illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Shine On, Luz Véliz! by Rebecca Balcárcel (Chronicle Books)

The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat, illustrated by Joanna Cacao (Graphix/Scholastic)


Young Adult:

Beneath the Wide Silk Sky by Emily Inouye Huey (Scholastic Press)

Berliners by Vesper Stamper (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)

Destination Unknown by Bill Konigsberg (Scholastic Press)

Katzenjammer by Francesca Zappia (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)

The Name She Gave Me by Betty Culley (HarperTeen)


Nonfiction Text for Younger Readers:

Because of You, John Lewis written by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown (Scholastic)

The Greatest Song of All: How Isaac Stern United the World to Save Carnegie Hall written by Megan Hoyt, illustrated by Katie Hickey (Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins)

H is for Harlem written by Dinah Johnson, illustrated by April Harrison (Christy Ottaviano Books/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Our Planet! There’s No Place Like Earth written by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by David Litchfield (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan)

Washed Ashore by Kelly Crull (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)


Nonfiction Text for Older Readers:

Absurd Words: A Kid’s Fun and Hilarious Vocabulary Builder for Future Word Nerds by Tara Lazar (Sourcebooks)

Glowing Bunnies!?: Why We’re Making Hybrids, Chimeras, and Clones by Jeff Campbell (Zest Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

How to Build a Human written by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by John Gurche (Charlesbridge)

Save the People!: Halting Human Extinction written by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Nicole Miles (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Superpower?: The Wearable-Tech Revolution written by Elaine Kachala, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich (Orca Book Publishers)


Illustrated Book for Older Readers:

The Adventures of Team Pom: Squid Happens, illustrated by Isabel Roxas (Flying Eye Books)

Esme’s Birthday Conga Line, illustrated by Marissa Valdez, written by Lourdes Heuer, also a PAL member (Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada)

Lowriders to the Rescue, illustrated by Raul the Third, written by Cathy Camper (Chronicle Books)

Demon in the Wood, illustrated by Danielle Pendergast, written by Leigh Bardugo (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan)

Our Friend Hedgehog: A Place to Call Home, by Lauren Castillo (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)


Picture Book Illustration:

Baby Squeaks by Anne Hunter (Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada)

Covered in Color: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Fabrics of Freedom, illustrated by Susanna Chapman, written by Elisa Boxer (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Kumo and the Bashful Cloud, illustrated by Nathalie Dion, written by Kyo Maclear (Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada)

Standing in the Need of Prayer, illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)


Picture Book Text: 

Fly, written by Brittany J. Thurman, illustrated by Anna Cunha (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum)/Simon & Schuster

Growing an Artist: The Story of A Landscaper and His Son by John Parra (Paula (Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster)

The Talk, written by Alicia D. Williams, illustrated by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum)/Simon & Schuster

Twelve Dinging Doorbells, written by Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by Ebony Glenn (Kokila/Penguin Books for Young Readers)

Walter Had a Best Friend, written by Deborah Underwood illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster)


The winner of the Sid Flesichman Humor Award, which recognizes comedy in children’s literature, will also be announced live at the ceremony. 

Congratulations, and good luck, to all the Golden Kite finalists. We’ll see you on Friday!