It's Awards season, and in the world of Children's books, one contest really stands out in that the winners are decided on by fellow authors and illustrators. Kind of like the Oscars, where members of the Academy of motion picture arts and sciences are the ones who get to vote for things like "Best Actor" and "Best Director" (Actors vote for actors, directors vote for directors, and everyone in the Academy votes for best picture...)
So in our world of Children's Literature, The Golden Kite Award is the big peer-decided prize. And The Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) just announced the winners of their Golden Kite Awards, for the best books published in 2009. The winners are:
Julia Durango's "Sea of the Dead" (fiction winner)
Ashley Bryan: Words To My Life's Song, by Ashley Bryan (non-fiction winner)
Check out the SCBWI site for more on the Golden Kite Awards and the listing of the Golden Kite Honorees.
Another award that's only in its second year but is also pretty cool is Battle of the (Kids) Books! In this video, the awesome (and hysterical) Betsy Bird explains how it's going to go down! (Love the zombie sock puppets, Jaime!)
I like the undead entry aspect, where readers get to vote one book back from the dead and into the finals!
So now, if you're like me and feel you need to read all the nominees (and see all 10 of the films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar) you've probably got some reading to do! Enjoy that, and
Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees!