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Golden Kite Award - Picture Book Text

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.

Boats for Papa

by Jessixa Bagley
Published in 2015 by Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9781626720398

Buckley and his mother cope with the loss of their father/husband by sending small wooden boats, built by Buckley, off into the ocean.

2016 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream

by Kristy Dempsey
Published in 2014 by Philomel Books
ISBN: 9780399252846

A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first "colored" prima ballerina.

2015 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

Sophie's Squash

by Pat Zietlow Miller
Published in 2013 by Schwartz & Wade Books
ISBN: 9780307978967

A young girl befriends a squash.

2014 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

Me and Momma and Big John

by Mara Rockliff
Published in 2012 by Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763643591

Little John is proud of his mother's work as a stonecutter for a cathedral called "Big John," but struggles to understand the importance of spending so much time on one stone that no one will know Momma cut. Includes a history of New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

2013 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

Over and Under the Snow

by Kate Messner
Published in 2011 by Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9780811867849

Exploring the enchanted lives of animals that survive winter underground, Kate Messner’s Over and Under the Snow is this year’s winner for Picture Book Text. Messner’s vivid imageries and delicate prose glide us along a whimsical journey of a father and son as they ski through the forest and discover the hidden, sometimes secret existence of the animals that inhabit the cold season.

2012 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

Big Red Lollipop

by Rukhsana Khan
Published in 2010 by Viking Juvenile
ISBN: 9780670062874

Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina's fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.

2011 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

The Longest Night

by Marion Dane Bauer
Published in 2009 by Holiday House
ISBN: 9780823420544

One very long night, a crow, a moose, and a fox all claim they can bring back the sun, but the wind knows that only one little creature has what is needed to end the darkness.

2010 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

A Visitor for Bear

by Bonny Becker
Published in 2008 by Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763628079

Bear's efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.

2009 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

Pierre in Love

by Sara Pennypacker
Published in 2007 by Orchard Books
ISBN: 9780439517409

Feeling "bloopy and love-swoggled" in the presence of Catherine, the elegant ballet teacher, a humble fisherman tries to muster the courage to reveal his affection for her.

2008 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

Jazz

by Walter Dean Myer
Published in 2006 by Holiday House
ISBN: 9780823415458

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the roots of jazz music.

2007 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

Doña Flor

by Pat Mora
Published in 2005 by Turtleback Books
ISBN: 9780375823374

Doña Flor, a giant lady with a big heart, sets off to protect her neighbors from what they think is a dangerous animal, but soon discovers the tiny secret behind the huge noise.

2006 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

Apples to Oregon

by Deborah Hopkinson
Published in 2004 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780689847691

A pioneer father transports his beloved fruit trees and his family to Oregon in the mid-nineteenth century. Based loosely on the life of Henderson Luelling.

2005 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

The Dirty Cowboy

by Amy Timberlake
Published in 2003 by Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN: 9780374317911

Telling his faithful dog to make sure nobody touches his clothes but him, a cowboy jumps into a New Mexico river for a bath, not realizing just how much the scrubbing will change his scent.

2004 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

George Hogglesberry, Grade School Alien

by Sarah Wilson
Published in 2002 by Tricycle Press
ISBN: 9781582460635

George Hogglesberry, the new second grade student from the planet Frollop II, gets help from his teacher and classmates with fitting in and with his performance in the fall school play.

2003 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

The Shoe Tree of Chagrin

by J. Patrick Lewis
Published in 2001 by Creative Editions
ISBN: 9781568461731

The barn-tall old plainswoman Susannah DeClare braves deep snow and icy weather to fulfill her promise to deliver a load of handmade shoes to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, by Christmas.

2002 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

River Friendly, River Wild

by Jane Kurtz
Published in 2000 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780689820496

A family experiences a renewed appreciation for home and community after they are evacuated during a spring flood and then return to survey the damage.

2001 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

 A Band of Angels

by Deborah Hopkinson
Published in 1999 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780689810626

The daughter of a slave forms a gospel singing group and goes on tour to raise money to save Fisk University.

2000 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems

by Kristine O'Connell George
Published in 1998 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 9780395876114

A collection of short, simple poems which present images relating to trees in various circumstances and throughout the seasons.

1997 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

The Paper Dragon

by Marguerite W. Davol
Published in 1997 by Athenuem Books For Young Readers
ISBN: 9780689319921

A humble artist agrees to confront the terrifying dragon that threatens to destroy his village.

1999 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text

Saving Sweetness

by Diane Stanley
Published in 1996 by Putnam's Sons
ISBN: 9780399226458

The sheriff of a dusty western town rescues Sweetness, an unusually resourceful orphan, from nasty old Mrs. Sump and her terrible orphanage.

1998 Golden Kite Award Winner - Picture Book Text


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