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Golden Kite Award - NonFiction

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.


Vincent and Theo

by Deborah Heiligman,
Published in 2017 by Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9780805093391

The true story of the relationship between brothers Theo and Vincent van Gogh.

2018 Golden Kite Award Winner - Fiction

We Will Not Be Silent

by Russell Freedman
Published in 2016 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 9780544223790

Presents the true story of the White Rose, a group of students in Nazi Germany who were active undercover agents of the resistance movement against Hitler and his regime.

2017 Golden Kite Award Winner - Fiction

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

by Margarita Engle
Published in 2015 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781481435222

In this poetic memoir Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Her heart was in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lived in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupted at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Engle's worlds collided in the worst way possible. Would she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

2016 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

The Family Romanov; Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia

by Candace Fleming
Published in 2014 by Schwartz & Wade Books
ISBN: 9780375867828

From the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes a heartrending narrative nonfiction page-turner--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew into the Russian Revolution

2015 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Call of the Klondike

by David Meissner
Published in 2013 by Boyd Mills Press
ISBN: 9781590788233

Traces the true story of prospectors Stanley Pearce and Marshall Bond, who joined thousands of men along the dangerous Chilkoot and White Passes to seek their fortunes in the gold fields of Canada.

2014 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Noah Webster and His Words

by Jeri Chase Ferris
Published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547390550 

A portrait of the man who wrote the first U.S. dictionary traces his youth as a bookish Connecticut farm boy and his twenty-year effort to write the all-American dictionary that was published in 1828 when he was seventy years old.

2013 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

by Candace Fleming
Published in 2011 by Schwartz & Wade (Random House)
ISBN: 9780375841989

Alternating chapters between Amelia’s childhood and her life as a flyer, Fleming captures the drama and detail (Amelia liked to eat tomato soup while flying) of Earhart’s life with suspense and enthusiasm. Maps, handwritten notes and photos further highlight the remarkable journey of one of America’s most celebrated women.

2012 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie

by Tanya Lee Stone
Published in 2010 by Viking Children's Books
ISBN: 9780670011872 

Readers learn about Mattel Toys and the background behind Barbie's concept and development, how it was a solution for girls who wanted to imagine adult roles rather than just play mother, and details about inventor Ruth Handler.

2011 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Words to My Life’s Song

by Ashley Bryan
Published in 2009 by Atheneum Books
ISBN: 9781416905417

An introduction to the life and career of the writer and artist Ashley Bryan, a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award.

2010 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

A Life in the Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts

by Pamela S. Turner
Published in 2008 by Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN: 9780374345785

Spotlights Schaller working, observing some of the world's most endangered animals. Many of these species were previously considered impossible to study in the wild.

2009 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction


by Ann Bausum
Published in 2007 by National Geographic Society
ISBN: 9781426301384

Examines the birth of investigative journalism in America at the turn of the 20th century, discussing the work of the dedicated journalists who, through their exposés, forced responsible changes in the industrial practices and politics of that period.

2008 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

1607: A New Look at Jamestown

by Karen E. Lange
Published in 2007 by National Geographic Society
ISBN: 9781426300127

1607: A New Look at Jamestown is the ultimate book for the 400th anniversary of America's first settlement. With its expert appraisal of the latest archaeological evidence, this National Geographic title stands alone in its timely authority and its visual appeal. Author Karen Lange's gripping narrative incorporates analysis of the very latest discoveries from the Jamestown site. 

2008 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

The Adventures of Marco Polo

by Russell Freedman
Published in 2006 by Arthur A. Levine Books
ISBN: 9780439523943

A look at the life of Marco Polo.

2006 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Children of the Great Depression

by Russell Freedman
Published in 2005 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 9780618446308

Life was hard for children during the Great Depression: kids had to do without new clothes, shoes, or toys, and many couldn't attend school because they had to work. Even so, life still had its bright spots. Take a closer look at the lives of young Americans during this era.

2005 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Dust To Eat: Drought And Depression In The 1930s

by Michael L. Cooper
Published in 2004 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 9780618154494

The 1930s in America will always be remembered for twin disasters-the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Michael L. Cooper takes readers through this tumultuous period, beginning with the 1929 stock market crash that ushered in the Great Depression and continuing with the severe drought in the Midwest, known as the Dust Bowl.

2004 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Leonardo, Beautiful Dreamer

by Robert Byrd
Published in 2003 by Dutton Books
ISBN: 9780525470335

Illustrations and text portray the life of Leonardo da Vinci, who gained fame as a artist through such works as the Mona Lisa, and as a scientist by studying various subjects including human anatomy and flight.

2003 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie

by Elizabeth Partridge
Published in 2002 by Viking Children's Books
ISBN: 9780670035359

A biography of Woody Guthrie, a singer who wrote over 3,000 folk songs and ballads as he traveled around the United States, including "This Land is Your Land" and "So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh."

2002 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Published in 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618002719

The story of the Great Irish Famine, through the eyes and memories of the Irish people. Tells how they lived, why their lives depended on the potato, how they dreaded the workhouse, and how they feared and defied the landlord who collected the rent and evicted them.

2001 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Darkness over Denmark

by Ellen Levine
Published in 2000 by Holiday House
ISBN: 9780823414475

An account of people in Denmark who risked their lives to protect and rescue their Jewish neighbors from the Nazis during World War II.

2000 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Space Station Science: Life in Free Fall

by Marianne J. Dyson
Published in 1999 by Scholastic
ISBN: 9780590058896

Describes space stations, the International Space Station, the training and activities of its crew, and the conditions that will exist on it, including weightlessness and the dangers of radiation and meteors. Includes experiments and activities simulating conditions in space.

1999 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

Martha Graham: A Dancer’s Life

by Russell Freedman
Published in 1998 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 9780395746554

A photo-biography of the American dancer, teacher, and choreographer who was born in Pittsburgh in 1895 and who became a leading figure in the world of modern dance.

1998 Golden Kite Award Winner - NonFiction

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