Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 23, 2011

Crystal Kite Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2011 Crystal Kite Award.  New Jersey is proud to see two of our members make the list – Linda Bozzo and Alison Formento. 

You have until April 15th to vote in round two.  Winners will be notified the following week, and formally announced on April 30th, 2011.

To cast your vote, simply log in with your email address and password, then click the link on your member home page that says “See What’s Going on in Your Region!”

Title Author
Freestyle Monica Baker
Mockingbird Kathryn Erskine
Service Dog Heroes Linda Bozzo
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Tom Angleberger
The True Story of Sea Feather Lois Szymanski
This Tree Counts! Alison Ashley Formento


Alison Ashley Formento is the author of This Tree Counts!, This Tree, 1, 2, 3 and in 2012, These Bees Count! (Albert Whitman & Co.).  She has written several plays, short stories and poetry and was a co-writer of the romance/thriller, Pandora. Alison has written for several national publications including The New York Times, The Writer and Parenting.  She’s a proud member of the SCBWI and the KidLit Authors Club. Besides writing about trees, Alison enjoys climbing them, too, and dreams of living in her own magic tree house. Alison visits schools and libraries across the country, sharing her writing and books with kids and donates a portion of her book sales to to help plant more trees.

Here’s Linda:  It was when I started reading picture books to my children that I felt compelled to write and submit my work to magazine and book publishers. I spent endless hours on the internet and at the library learning everything I could about writing. It wasn’t long before I joined the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. After I attended my first writing conference, I was hooked. Okay, I became obsessed!

It was only a few months after I started writing that I received my first acceptance. I was thrilled to find out that Babybug magazine was going to publish my poem, Playground Fun.

I write every day and I’m always working on something new while polishing something old. I write a wide variety of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and picture book material.

Remember to go to and vote for your favorite book.  If you read this blog and are a finalist in another region, please let me know.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congratulations Crystal Kite winners!


    • I meant to say, congrats finalists! Apparently I’m visualizing a win for you guys!


      • Mimi,

        Keep visualizing. That’s a good thing.

        Talk soon,



  2. GO Jersey Girls!


    • Nancy,

      Lots of talent in Jersey. We might have a winner.



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