Monday, March 05, 2007

Golden Kite Award

The SCBWI has announced the 2006 Golden Kite Awards, and two of the books I've edited have been honored:

Firegirl by Tony Abbott has won the fiction award!


Hippo! No, Rhino by Jeff Newman has been named an honor recepient for picture book illustration!

I am so incredibly proud and happy for these two wonderful books, and a little humbled because for both of these, I made very few edits on the actual book--both came to me virtually perfect. So I felt even more unworthy when I received a little more good news, both for me and Tony. This is from the May 2006 press release:

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has just announced that The Golden Kite Awards, given annually to recognize excellence in children's literature, will, beginning with the 2006 competition, grant cash prizes of $2,500 to author and illustrator winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration. SCBWI's Board has also made the unprecedented decision to recognize the work of editors and art directors who play pivotal roles in shaping the Golden Kite-winning books. Editors of winning books will receive $1,000, and for the winning book in the Picture Book Illustration category, an additional $1,000 will be given to the book's art director. 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.

Now that was a surprise for me! I've never heard of an award where the editor received a cash prize as well, but hey, I'm not going to complain. My computer has been barely hanging on for the past year, and I've been wondering how to afford a new one. Well, now I know. So, congratulations Tony and Jeff! And thank you, SCBWI for this more-than-generous award. The news couldn't have come at a better time for me. I've been sick (yes, I've already whined on my personal blog), and feverish, and in the middle of it all, this news was the best medicine ever.

Congratulations to all the winners!


Disco Mermaids said...

Does this mean you'll be at the L.A. conference to cheer on Tony and Jeff!?!?!

alvina said...

I'm not sure if I'll be invited two years in a row, but I'd love to be there! Last year was so much fun.

stacy said...

Congratulations! How fun to have that surprise!

Anonymous said...


Very nice that they honor the editor too!


tammi said...


Double congratulations, Alvina. :)

Rita said...

Man!! That is just the coolest!! CONGRATS!!

I had the same first thought as the Disco Mermaids. Come play with us!!! :D


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful surprise, Alvina! It's great to see recognition for the editor, who's such a huge part of a book's ultimate success.
Cheryl from Oregon

saramoohead said...

Go Alvina! And those two books totally deserve the recognition. Hooray! You're going to have to start a list of the books you've edited that have won awards just to keep track!

gail said...

Congratulations!! How cool. Reminds me...I've got to get a copy of those books!


Anonymous said...

I'm SOOOO happy for you, Alvina!!!! A big CONGRATS to you, and to Tony and Jeff as well.

Lisa S. from Oregon