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.
A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream
by Kristy Dempsey
Published in 2014 by Philomel Books
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
Me and Momma and Big John
by Mara Rockliff
Published in 2012 by Candlewick Press
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
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
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
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
Pierre in Love
by Sara Pennypacker
Published in 2007 by Orchard Books
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
by Pat Mora
Published in 2005 by Turtleback Books
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
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
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
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
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
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