February 1, 2019
SCBWI Announces 2019 Golden Kite winners
The Golden Kites are the first children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. These awards recognize excellence in children’s literature in six categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction for Younger Readers, Nonfiction for Older Readers, Picture Book Illustration, and Picture Book Text. The Sid Fleischman Award is for exemplary writing for children in the genre of humor.
The esteemed judges for this year’s Golden Kite Awards were Crystal Allen, Elana K. Arnold, Monica Brown, Jack Cheng, Carolyn Crimi, Karen Cushman, Susan Middleton Elya, Deborah Heiligman, Wendell Minor, LeUyen Pham, Anita Sanchez, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Ray Shepard, Francisco X. Stork, and Liara Tamani.
Middle Grade Fiction:
Susan Hood – LIFEBOAT 12 (Simon & Schuster)

This compelling novel in verse, based on true events, tells the story of a boy’s harrowing experience on a lifeboat after surviving a torpedo attack during World War II.
Nonfiction for Younger Readers:
Barb Rosenstock – OTIS AND WILL DISCOVER THE DEEP (Little Brown)

The suspenseful, little-known true story of two determined pioneers who made the first dive into the deep ocean.
Nonfiction for Older Readers:

A personal, moving foray into the Vietnam War and its impact that goes beyond the historical facts to show how the war irrefutably changed the people who were there. 
Picture Book Illustration:
Becca Stadtlander – MADE BY HAND: A CRAFTS SAMPLER (Candlewick)

A beautiful, one-of-a-kind volume that invites readers to marvel at the time, effort, and care that went into creating handmade toys, tools, and treasures of the past.
Picture Book Text:
Jessie Oliveros – THE REMEMBER BALLOONS (Simon & Schuster)

A tender, sensitive picture book that gently explains the memory loss associated with aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Young Adult Fiction:
Jane Yolen – MAPPING THE BONES (Philomel)

Influenced by Dr. Mengele’s sadistic experimentations, this story follows twins as they travel from the Lodz ghetto to the partisans in the forest to a horrific concentration camp where they lose everything but each other.
Sid Fleischman Award Winner:    
Angela Dominguez– STELLA DIAZ HAS SOMETHING TO SAY (Roaring Brook Press)

A heartwarming story based on the author’s experiences growing up Mexican-American.
For the list of Golden Kite Honor Book winners, click HERE .
The Golden Kite Awards ceremony will take place Friday, February 8 in the Empire Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt in New York. This year’s winners and honor recipients include a powerhouse of children’s book illustrators and writers. For those of you who weren’t able to secure a spot in the sold-out Conference, there is still a way to participate in the Golden Kite Gala. The pre-award festivities will be live streamed to SCBWI’s  Facebook page .

Arthur Levine signs at ALA Midwinter
SCBWI’s presence at ALA Midwinter in Seattle was a great success in getting member books in front of librarians, and in giving them information about how SCBWI can be valuable resource they should use.
A constant stream of librarians inquired about the display of our members' books and were impressed with all the high-quality, and in some cases award-winning, titles. The author video reel was viewed by the thousands of attendees who walked the aisles looking for information about new books.

SCBWI dominates ALA Youth Media Awards
On January 28 the 2019 Youth Media Awards were announced at ALA Midwinter in Seattle, Washington. Many of the top awards went to members of the SCBWI community such as Meg Medina , Sophie Blackall , Ekua Holmes , Oge Mora , and Yuyi Morales .

Read full list of SCBWI winners HERE .
Happy Birthday, January & February Releases
SCBWI members started the new year strong with new releases. And this month we have double the books, as we are celebrating books released in both January and February of 2019.

This month’s winner of the Happy Book Birthday drawing is  Behind the Scenes of Pro Basketball   by Catherine Ann Velasco . This middle grade nonfiction book explores everything professional basketball players must do to succeed on and off the court. Ten copies of her book will be purchased by SCBWI and donated to Project Night Night, an organization that gives packages of books, blankets, and stuffed animals to homeless children. To learn more, visit their website  here .

Happy Book Birthday is currently accepting submissions for books published in  March 2019 . For submission details, visit the Happy Book Birthday instruction page here .  
Jane Yolen steps down from Board of Advisors
Beloved author Jane Yolen has announced her retirement from t he SCBWI Board of Advisors after serving for nearly fifty years. Yolen has written over 365 books including The Devil's Arithmetic , Owl Moon , the How Do Dinosaurs series, and Mapping the Bones , and she was recently named a Grand Master of the SFWA. Back in the 1970s, when SCBWI was first finding its feet, she became the first ever regional advisor, founding the New England chapter.

Jane Yolen commented on her retirement, saying: I was the second member to join SCBW (no "I" in the title then) and I will be here in the organization till my last breath. Loved watching SCBWI grow, watching all of us grow in understanding the field. Will miss the perceptions at Board meetings, but will still be around if anyone wants to hear me pontificate!!! As 40+ years on the Board, means a lot of people got to know I have OPINIONS and never lack the chutzpah to share. But I have books to write, so thanks to Lin, Steve, and all for the wonderful and companionable ride.
SCBWI Exclusive with...
Brent Taylor
Brent Taylor is a literary agent at Triada US, where he specializes in children's books. He joined the agency in 2014 as an intern and has since built a robust list of picture books, middle grade, and YA. Some of his clients include Sayantani DasGupta, Whitney Gardner, K. D. Halbrook, and Louie Zong. In addition to his role as an agent, he oversees audio and foreign rights for the entire agency. Outside of work, some of his favorite things are the beach and ocean; sweet, cheap southern wine; and reading books on porch swings. In his next life, Brent wants to be a CIA agent. You can find him on Twitter  @btaylorbooks and online at  www.btaylorbooks.com

We've Got This Covered: The Art of Book Jacket Design
by Sarah Diamond
Don’t judge a book by its cover, goes the old adage, but readers will do it anyway. Donna Bray, Co-Publisher and VP of Balzer + Bray at HarperCollins says that “not only does the [book] jacket have to convey mood, suggest plot, and generally look amazing, it is the #1 sales tool for the book.” When that book is a novel with no illustrations, the jacket design becomes the sole defining image of the work. Bray explains that there are many approaches to creating a compelling design, but the ideal cover is “a perfect marriage of illustration, type, palette, and composition that conveys a sense of the book.”

Draw This!
Draw This! is our monthly prompt word for illustrators. 

Congratulations to the December/January winner! The December/January prompt word was "Heritage"
Click HERE to view the December/January Gallery
Marissa Valdez
February's prompt word is: "Standoff"
Click Here for Draw This! guidelines
Faces of SCBWI
Want to see your face in Insight ? Send your photos to  faces@scbwi.org   or post on twitter using the tag #facesofscbwi
Yuyi Morales and Sandra Gonzalez
Justina Chen at ALA Midwinter
SCBWI booth at ALA Midwinter
PAL Members Veronica Bartles, Laura Gehl, Rebecca Evan's, Kathy MacMillan, and Deborah Schaumberg kicked off the MD/DE/WV region's Barnes and Noble bookfair in Ellicott City, MD
Padma Venkatraman presents a keynote address at School Library Journal's Dialog Day in Boston
SCBWI Western Washington critique group at ALA Midwinter