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SCBWI Announces Golden Kite Award Finalists

Winner And Honor Books To Be Announced Live On March 15


CLICK HERE to watch the winners announced live on March 15, 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST.


The Golden Kite Gala will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 15th at 4:00 pm/PST, 7:00 pm/ EST with keynote speaker Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and award-winning author. SCBWI will announce, live, the honor and winner books in each of the seven categories. The winner will receive $2,500 plus an additional $1,000 to donate to a non-profit organization of their choice. The honor winner will receive $500 plus an additional $250 to donate.

Below is the list of the Golden Kite award finalists.




THE BOY AND THE SEA, written by Camille Andros, illustrated by Amy Bates published by Abrams Books for Young Readers

EVERYBODY IN THE RED BRICK BUILDING, written by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Oge Mora, published by Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins 

EYES THAT KISS IN THE CORNERS written by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho published by HarperCollins Books for Young Readers

ME + TREE, written by Alexandria Giardino, illustrated by Anna + Elena Balbusso, published by Creative Editions

SOUL FOOD SUNDAY written by Winsome Bingham, illustrated by C.G. Esperanza, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers




GLADYS THE MAGIC CHICKEN illustrated by Adam Rex, written by Adam Rubin, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Reader

KING OF RAGTIME: The Story of Scott Joplin illustrated and written by Stephen Costanza, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers 

OUTSIDE INSIDE illustrated and written by LeUyen Pham, published by Roaring Brook Press

¡VAMOS! LET’S CROSS THE BRIDGE illustrated by Raul the Third, story by Elaine Bay, published by Versify

WONDER WALKERS illustrated and written by Micha Archer, published by Nancy Paulsen Books




BETTER WITH BUTTER by Victoria Piontek, published by Scholastic Press

CUBA IN MY POCKET by Adrianna Cuevas, published by Farrar, Strauss, Giroux Books for Young Readers 

MIGHTY INSIDE by Sundee T. Frazier, published by Levine Querido

RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE by Rajani LaRocca, published by Quill Tree

STRONG AS FIRE, FIERCE AS FLAME by Supriya Kelkar, published by Tu Books





DONUTS AND OTHER PROCLOMATIONS OF LOVE by Jared Reck, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB by Malinda Lo, published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

THE MARVELOUS MIRZA GIRLS by Sheba Karim, published by Quill Tree Books

PERFECTLY PARVIN by Olivia Abtahi, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

WHEN YOU LOOK LIKE US by Pamela N. Harris, published by Quill Tree Books




THE GENIUS UNDER THE TABLE: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain illustrated and written by Eugene Yelchin, published by Candlewick Press

PAWCASSO, illustrated and written by Remy Lai, published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

SAMIRA SURFS, illustrated by Fahmida Azim, written by Rukhsanna Guidroz, published by Kokila

THE SEA RINGED WORLD, illustrated by Amanda Mijangos, written by María García Esperón, translated by David Bowles, published by Levine Querido 

SPROUTING WINGS: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Louisa Jaggar and Shari Becker, published by Crown Books for Young Readers




CHILD OF THE FLOWER-SONG PEOPLE: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua by Gloria Amescua, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers

THE GREAT STINK: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem by Colleen Paeff, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, 

I AM AN AMERICAN: The Wong Kim Ark Story by Martha Brockenbrough with Grace Lin, illustrated by Julia Kuo, published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

NIGHT BECOMES DAY: Changes in Nature by Cynthia Argentine, published by Millbrook Press

THE PEOPLE’S PAINTER: How Ben Shahn Fought For Justice With Art by Cynthia Levinson illustrated by Evan Turk, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers




EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT INDIANS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK: Young Readers Edition by Anton Treuer, published by Levine Querido

A FACE FOR PICASSO: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome by Ariel Henley, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers 

FALLOUT: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin, published by Roaring Brook Press

TOGETHER WE MARCH: 25 Protest Movements That Marched Into History by Leah Henderson, illustrated by Tyler Feder, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

WE MUST NOT FORGET: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance by Deborah Hopkinson, published by Scholastic Focus