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SCBWI Golden Kite Winners Announced

on March 2, 2011

The 2011 SCBWI Golden Kite Award books have been announced.

About the Golden Kites: Presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators the Golden Kite Awards, given annually to recognize excellence in children’s literature, grant cash prizes of $2,500 to author and illustrator winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration. Authors and illustrators will also receive an expense-paid trip to Los Angeles to attend the award ceremony at the Golden Kite Luncheon at SCBWI’s Summer Conference in August.

In addition to the four Golden Kite Award winners, four honor book recipients will also be named by the panel of judges which consists of children’s book writers and illustrators.

Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of 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.

Many of the educators in my Seattle Pacific Spiral Distance Learning Class, “Discovering Excellence in Children’s Literature,” will often tell me that this is one of the Children’s Book Awards which is not known as well as some of the others such as the Newbery and Caldecott.

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