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!