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SCBWI Announces 2018 Golden Kite Winners


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators today announced the winners and honor recipients of the annual Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Awards.

The only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers, the Golden Kites recognize excellence in children’s literatures in six categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Picture Book Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction for Older Readers, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration. The Sid Fleischman Award is for exemplary writing for children in the genre of humor. The awards will be presented at a star-studded gala during the New York Winter Conference on Friday, February 2 at 7pm at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Featured guest Chelsea Clinton, humanitarian advocate and children’s author, will make a special presentation at the event at 7pm.




Middle Grade Fiction:

Jack Cheng – See You in the Cosmos (Dial Books/Penguin Random House)















Non-Fiction for Older Readers:

Deborah Heiligman – Vincent and Theo (Godwin Books/Henry Holt and Company)















Non-Fiction for Younger Readers:

Carole Boston Weatherford – Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library (Candlewick Press)















Picture Book Illustration:

Kenard Pak – Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter (Henry Holt and Company)













Picture Book Text:

Carolyn Crimi – There Might Be Lobsters (Candlewick Press)















Young Adult Fiction:

Elana K. Arnold – What Girls Are Made Of (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Publishing)















Sid Fleischman Award Winner:

Crystal Allen – The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: The Wall of Fame Game (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins)




















Middle Grade Fiction:

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – The War I Finally Won (Dial Books/Penguin Random House)

Ruth Freeman – One Good Thing About America (Holiday House)


Picture Book Text:

Carmen Agra Deedy- The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet (Scholastic Press/Scholastic, Inc.)


Picture Book Illustration:

LeUyen Pham – Fallingwater (Roaring Brook)


Young Adult Fiction:

Courtney Stevens – Dress Codes for Small Towns (Harper Teen/HarperCollins)

Liara Tamani – Calling My Name (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)