Friday, March 6, 2009

Golden Kite Winners - Illustrators Reward Their Tribe

The Golden Kite is one of five awards presented by The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) It's like a Players Player Award in sport as writers and illustrators are recognised by their peers - prestigious plus infinity really as everyone knows what's involved in producing a stand-out work.

The winners and honour books this year are sumptuously gorgeous - as usual. The usual suspects are justly on the podium again. Carole Boston Weatherford must up for a Lifetime Achievement shortly. Mo Willems and Nic Bishop are no strangers to literary award world either. Tragic particularly likes the look of Last Night, Illustrated and written by Hyewon Yum- perfect for little Cresidillia's birthday coming-up soon.

The honour winner, Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes (Scientists in the Field) by Ellen Jackson; photographed and illustrated by Nic Bishop, also sounds intriguing. Tragic has a particular interest in Black Holes since his Superannuation savings disappeared into one.

Just for fun Tragic went back and had a look at the winning book covers since the awards first year, 1973. It is lovely how many are still in print, including the very first winner Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene ( still a High School text in the USA?). A slide show of as many images as could be found can be viewed at the Golden Kite page at Book Awards Online (with a shorter show of this years winners etc).

As far as Tragic can figure, the award was given to a single work until 1976, then in two categories from 1977 to 1981, three categories 1981 to 1995, and four categories since then.

This year the Golden Kite Awards will be presented to the winners on Sunday, August 9th at the Golden Kite Luncheon. This luncheon is part of the SCBWI’s 38th Annual Conference on Writing and Illustrating for Children, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel August 7-10, 2009, Los Angeles. Very nice.

The 2008 Winners (given in 2009) are:
Fiction: Down Sand Mountain , by Steve Watkins Candlewick Press

Nonfiction: A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts , by Pamela S. Turner
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Picture Book Text: A Visitor for Bear , by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Candlewick Press

Picture Book Illustration: Last Night , Illustrated and written by Hyewon Yum
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Golden Kite Honor Recipients:
Fiction: The Adoration of Jenna Fox , by Mary E. Pearson
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Nonfiction: Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes (Scientists in the Field) by Ellen Jackson; photographed and illustrated by Nic Bishop
Houghton Mifflin

Picture Book Text: Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane , by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Picture Book Illustration: I Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Illustrated and written by Mo Willems, Hyperion

Add ImageAbout the Society
Founded in 1971, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is one of the largest existing writers’ and illustrators’ organizations, with over 22,000 members worldwide. It is the only organization specifically for those working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. The organization was founded by Stephen Mooser (President) and Lin Oliver (Executive Director), both of whom are well-published children’s book authors and leaders in the world of children’s literature. Several of the most prestigious children’s literature professionals sit on the SCBWI Board of Directors.

In addition to the Golden Kite, SCBWI presents four other awards types of annual awards: the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, the Magazine Merit Awards, the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award, and the Portfolio Award.
artwork above: Tragic alter ego, Kev Parker (well, if you are making a zero income you might as well have a bit of fun)

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