SCBWI Announces 2022 Golden Kite Awards

The annual awards selected a winner and honor title for each of the seven categories.

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators announced its 2022 Golden Kite Awards this week. A winner and honor title was selected for each of the seven categories. The winners received $2,500 plus $1,000 to donate to a nonprofit organization of their choice. Honor title winners were awarded $500 plus $250 for donation.

Here are the 2022 Golden Kite Award winners:

Picture Book Text

WinnerEyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, illus. by Dung Ho. HarperCollins Books for Young Readers.

Honor BookSoul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham, illus. by C.G. Esperanza. Abrams Books for Young Readers

FinalistsThe Boy and the Sea by Camille Andros, illus. by Amy Bates. Abrams Books for Young Readers; Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter, illus. by Oge Mora. Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins; Me + Tree by Alexandria Giardino, illus. by Anna and Elena Balbusso. Creative Editions

Picture Book Illustration

Winner: King Of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin illustrated and written by Stephen Costanza. Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Honor book: Wonder Walkers illustrated and written by Micha Archer. Nancy Paulsen Books

FinalistsGladys The Magic Chicken illustrated by Adam Rex, written by Adam Rubin. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Reader; Outside Inside illustrated and written by LeUyen Pham. Roaring Brook Press; ¡Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge illustrated by Raúl the Third, story by Elaine Bay. Versify

Middle Grade Fiction

Winner: Red, White, And Whole by Rajani LaRocca. Quill Tree Books

Honor book: Cuba In My Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas. Farrar, Strauss, Giroux Books for Young Readers

FinalistsBetter With Butter by Victoria Piontek. Scholastic Press; Mighty Inside by Sundee T. Frazier. Levine Querido; Strong As Fire, Fierce as Flame by Supriya Kelkar. Tu Books

Illustrated Book for Older Readers

Winner: Samira Surfs illustrated by Fahmida Azim, written by Rukhsanna Guidroz. Kokila

Honor book: The Genius Under the Table illustrated and written by Eugene Yelchin. Candlewick Press

FinalistsPawcasso illustrated and written by Remi Lai. Henry Holt Books for Young Readers; The Sea Ringed World illustrated by Amanda Mijangos, written by María García Esperón, translated by David Bowles. Levine Querido; Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Louisa & Shari Becker. Crown Books for Young Readers

Nonfiction Text for Younger Readers

Winner: The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London's Poop Pollution Problem by Colleen Paeff, illus. by Nancy Carpenter. Margaret K. McElderry Books

Honor bookThe People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art by Cynthia Levison, illus. by Evan Turk. Abrams Books for Young Readers

FinalistsChild of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua by Gloria Amescua, illus. by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams Books for Young Readers; I am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story by Grace Lin and Martha Brockenbrough, illus. by Julia Kuo. Little Brown Books for Young Readers; Night Becomes Day: Changes in Nature by Cynthia Argentine. Millbrook Press

Nonfiction Text for Older Readers

Co-Winners: A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome by Ariel Henley. Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers and Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition by Anton Treuer. Levine Querido

FinalistsFallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook Press; Together We March: 25 Protest Movements That Marched Into History by Leah Henderson, illus. by Tyler Feder. Atheneum Books for Young Readers; We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance by Deborah Hopkinson. Scholastic Focus

Young Adult Fiction

Winner: When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris. Quill Tree Books

Honor book: Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

FinalistsDonuts and Other Proclamations of Love by Jared Reck. Knopf Books for Young Readers; Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. Dutton Books for Young Readers; The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim. Quill Tree Books

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