Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 9, 2014

SCBWI Golden Kite Award Winners

The winners of the annual prestigious Golden Kite and Sid Fleishman Awards, given to children’s books published in the preceding year to recognize excellence in children’s literature by an SCBWI member in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration have been announced.

Named for the late Newbery-winner Sid Fleischman, the SCBWI offers this eponymous award to authors whose work exemplifies excellence in the genre of humor, a category so often overlooked by other award committees in children’s literature.

The Golden Kite Awards and the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor will be presented to the winners at the Golen Kite Luncheon during SCBWI’s 42nd Annual Conference on Writing and Illustrating for Children, taking place in Los Angeles, California from August 2-5, 2013.  An Honor Book plaque is also awarded in each category.

Here are the winners:

Picture Book Text Winner:
Pat Zietlow Miller
(Random House)


Picture Book Text Honor Book:
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
(Clarion Books)


Picture Book Illustration Winner:
Peter Brown
(Little, Brown)


Picture Book Illustration Honor:
Yuyi Morales
(Roaring Book Press)


Fiction Winner:
Tim Federle
(Simon and Schuster)


Fiction Honor:
Elizabeth Wein


Nonfiction Winner:
David Meissner
(Boyd Mills Press)


Nonfiction Honor:
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Pamela Turner
(Houghton Mifflin)


Sid Fleischman Humor Award:

Openly Straight
Bill Konigsberg
(Arthur A. Levine Books)

Congratulations to everyone. I have only read one picture book. Has anyone read any of these books? What did you think?

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I’ve only read Sophie’s Squash and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild…both are wonderful. Will have to put the others on my now-impossibly-long to-read list.


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