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Golden Kite Literacy Awards announced

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Looking for a great book your kids are sure to love? The Golden Kit Awards have just been released. Founded in 1971, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators created its annual Golden Kite Awards to recognize excellence in children’s literature in the following four categories: Picture Book Text and Picture Book Illustration, Fiction, and Nonfiction. This is the only award presented to children's book authors and artists by their peers.

More than 1,000 books are entered each year. Eligible books must be written or illustrated by SCBWI members, and submitted either by publishers or individuals. In addition to the four Golden Kite Award winners, four honor book recipients are named by the panel of judges which consists of children’s book writers and illustrators.

The Picture Book Text Winner is Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, published by Random House. It is a seasonal change story about a girl who buys a squash at a farmer’s market, names it Bernice and carries it with her. As time passes she begins to notice changes in the squash.

The Picture Book Illustration Winner is Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, published by Little Brown. Mr. Tiger is bored with being proper so he goes wild. He learns that there is a time and place for everything.

The Fiction winner is Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle, published by Simon & Schuster. Federle is a former Broadway dancer and the book is about a small-town child who crashes an audition for E.T.

The Nonfiction winner is Call of the Klondike by David Meissner, published by Boyd Mills Press. It is about a brother and sister who are running a phony gold mine scam in the Klondike, which leads to murder. A Canadian Mountie sets out to bring them to justice.

For more information about all the Golden Kite winners and Honor books, click here.

The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over. As a unified body, the SCBWI acts as a powerful force to effect important changes within the field of children's literature, promoting new copyright legislation, equitable treatment of authors and artists, and fair contract terms. There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters writing and illustrating in all genres for young readers from board books to young adult (YA) novels, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world.

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