Award of the week: Golden Kite winners and Sid Fleischman Award Winner of 2018

In our last newsletter, we shared with our readers some of the most read and popular Read & Shine topics. One very popular award for our readers was the Golden Kite award. This year’s Golden Kite winners, along with the and Sid Fleischman Awards, were recently announced and will be presented during the Annual SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City on February 2nd.

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. Given with the Golden Kite Awards, the Sid Fleischman Humor Award is an award for authors whose work exemplifies the excellence of writing in the genre of humor. Both awards were established by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

2018 Golden Kite winners by Age Group

Middle Grade Fiction

0781407273 See You in the Cosmos
By: Jack Cheng

Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski, along with his dog, Carl Sagan, makes big discoveries about his family on a road trip and he records it all on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space.

Non-Fiction for Older Readers
9781250109699 Vincent and Theo: the Van Gogh Brothers
By: Deborah Heiligman

The true story of the relationship between brothers Theo and Vincent van Gogh.
Non-Fiction for Younger Readers:
+-+9227468556_140 Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
By: Carole Boston Weatherford

The true story of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, an Afro-Puerto Rican man who devoted his life to collecting books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African culture, to highlight the accomplishments of people of African descent, and their contributions to history.
Picture Book Illustration:
9781627794169 Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter
By: Kenard Pak

In a simple, cheerful conversation with nature, two young children witness how the season changes from autumn to winter.
Picture Book Text:
+-+0791631556_140 There Might Be Lobsters
By: Carolyn Crimi

A small dog must overcome his fears at the beach.
Young Adult Fiction:
9781512410242 What Girls Are Made Of
By: Elana K. Arnold

Sixteen-year-old Nina Faye navigates the difficult world of teenage relationships and dysfunctional family dynamics.

2018 Sid Fleischman Award Winner

+-+239879734_140 The Wall of Fame Game (The Magnificent Mya Tibbs)
By: Crystal Allen

Nine-year-old Texan Mya Tibbs wants nothing more than to spend time alone with her mother before the new baby arrives, but a bet with her worst enemy is taking over all of her time.

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