February 4, 2020
SCBWI Announces Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Winners
The Golden Kites are the most prestigious children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. The awards recognize excellence in children’s literature in six categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction Text for Younger Readers, Nonfiction Text for Older Readers, Picture Book Illustration, and Picture Book Text.

This year’s awards were selected by a panel of esteemed judges including  Chris Barton Samantha Berger Ben Clanton Carmen Agra Deedy Angela Dominguez Susan Fletcher Rita Lorraine Hubbard Eric Lindstrom Alex London Yuyi Morales Elizabeth Partridge Adam Rex Veronica Rossi Nisha Sharma , and  Becca Stadtlander .

Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction:
Padma Venkatraman –  The Bridge Home  (Nancy Paulsen Books)

Four homeless children struggle to create a home under a bridge in Chennai, India.
Young Adult Fiction:
Julie Berry –  Lovely War  (Viking Books for Young Readers)

The goddess Aphrodite narrates the tale of four lovers caught in the sweep of World War I.
Nonfiction Text for Younger Readers:
Elizabeth Rusch –  Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet , illustrated by Teresa Martinez (Charlesbridge)

The true story of how a Mexican American chemist solved the ozone crisis of the 1980s.
Nonfiction Text for Older Readers:
Deborah Heiligman –  Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship”  (Henry Holt)

Explores the tragic sinking of the SS City of Benares, an English passenger ship of children fleeing World War II.
Picture Book Illustration:
Hyewon Yum –  Clever Little Witch , written by Muon Thị Van (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Young witch Little Linh contends with a new baby brother in a sweet story paired with lively, colorful illustrations.
Picture Book Text:
Ashley Benham Yazdani –  A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park  (Candlewick)

Depicts New York City’s “vibrant jewel” from its birth in 1858 to its role as a social and environmental landmark today.
Sid Fleischman Humor Award Winner:
Remy Lai –  Pie in the Sky  (Henry Holt)

When Jingwen’s life is turned upside down after moving to Australia, where everyone speaks an “alien language”, he finds laughter and the meaning of home in the kitchen with his brother.

Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction:
Remy Lai –  Pie in the Sky  (Henry Holt)

Young Adult Fiction:
Elizabeth Acevedo –  With the Fire on High  (HarperTeen)

Nonfiction Text for Young Readers:
Curtis Manley –  Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet , illustrated by Jessica Lanan (Roaring Brook Press)

Nonfiction Text for Older Readers:
Ian Lendler –  The First Dinosaur: How Science Solved the Greatest Mystery on Earth , illustrated by C.M. Butzer (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Picture Book Text:
Kwame Alexander –  The Undefeated , illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Versify)

Picture Book Illustration:
Frank Morrison –  The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop , written by Carole Boston Weatherford (little bee books)

The Golden Kite recipients will receive a cash prize of $2,500 plus $1,000 to be donated in their name to a non-profit of their choice. The Golden Kite Honor recipients will receive a cash prize of $500 plus $250 to be donated in their name to a non-profit of their choice. The winners will accept their awards during the Golden Kite Gala at the New York Winter Conference on Friday, February 7 at 7pm at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Special guest speaker  James Patterson  will deliver the opening remarks.

Watch the Golden Kite Pre-Show
Lin Oliver on the Gold Carpet with 2018 special guest Chelsea Clinton
Can’t attend the winter conference in New York? Fear not! You can still participate in the pre-Gala festivities of the Golden Kite Awards via livestream. Starting at 5pm (Eastern Standard Time) on February 7 , interviews with the Golden Kite winners and honor recipients will be livestreamed on the SCBWI Facebook page. Tune in to hear the winning authors and illustrators discuss their work and check out what everyone’s wearing on the shimmering Gold Carpet. 

Following the conference we will be releasing a video of the Golden Kite speeches, including a keynote address from the world's best-selling author, James Patterson .
Christopher Paul Curtis, sponsor of the IPOC Women's Grant for NY20
SCBWI is proud to announce the winners of the IPOC Women’s Scholarship for the 2020 New York Winter Conference. This Scholarship, which is sponsored by  Christopher Paul Curtis , grants an all-expense-paid conference to indigenous women or women of color.

The winners will receive conference tuition to the New York Winter Conference, hotel accommodation, travel expenses, and a $250 stipend for additional costs, as well as two follow-up conversations with an industry professional.
Although the grant was originally created to fund two recipients, the SCBWI decided to add a third scholarship winner. Winners  Rae Rose Kesha Grant , and  Natelle Quek  were chosen by a panel of judges that included  Pat Cummings Linda Sue Park , and  Cynthia Leitich Smith

Congratulations 2019 Spark Winners
Written and illustrated by Tracy Sabin
Written by S. Acevedo
The SCBWI Spark Award recognizes excellence in children’s books published through an independent or non-traditional route. SCBWI authors and illustrators who independently published a book in the calendar year of 2019 were eligible to apply.

The Spark Award for Illustrated Book goes to  This Is Our Ocean: A Dream of Clean Seas, written and illustrated by Tracy Sabin . A young girl learns the value of re-usable containers when her old plastic cup finds its way to the middle of the sea.

The 2019 Spark winner in the Novel category is  S. Acevedo for God Awful Rebel, the third book in the God Awful series. Cupid, the teenage god of love, must stand against an ancient enemy in this humorous romp through greek mythology.

Both winners will receive free tuition to the Los Angeles Summer Conference, the opportunity to sell their titles in the conference bookstore, a donation of 20 of their books to the library or reading program of their choice, and the newly initiated Spark statuette.

The two Honor winning books are  Falling for Wonder Boy  by  Kristine Carlson Asselin in the Books for Older Reads category and  The Artist Who Loved Cats  by  Susan S. Bernardo , illustrated by  Courtenay Fletcher, in the Picture Book Category.
Registration Approaches for Nonfiction Workshop at the Smithsonian Institute
Registration opens on February 25 for the highly anticipated SCBWI/Smithsonian Nonfiction Workshop held in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution. This exciting new event will focus on best practices in nonfiction research, trends in nonfiction publishing, and opportunities in the trade, educational, and new media markets. Keynote speakers include renowned authors Kevin Noble Maillard , Elizabeth Partridge, Steve Sheinkin, and Carole Boston Weatherford as well as Eduardo Diaz , Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Center. Other speakers include editors Kandace Coston (Lee and Low), Emily Feinberg (Roaring Brook), Carol Hinz (Lerner Books), Melissa Manlove (Chronicle), and Amanda Shih (Scholastic), as well as Chris Williams , Director of the African American History Program at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American History, and Michelle K. Smith , Associate Director for Media at the Smithsonian Center for Learning & Digital Access. Additional editors and authors of nonfiction books for children will round out the faculty.

The workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2020 at the Smithsonian’s  National Museum of the American Indian  in Washington, DC . The 2-day event will include opportunities to pitch nonfiction projects to editors and agents and an optional day on Sunday, April 26 for touring the Smithsonian’s extensive collections. Registration information and the full schedule will be posted on the SCBWI website on February 24.  Registration will open at 10am (Pacific Standard Time) on Tuesday, February 25. 

If you are interested in attending, don't procrastinate! This is a small intimate workshop with only 75 spots available. We anticipate it filling up very quickly.
SCBWInvite Revamps on February 17
Over the years, we've watched our community of creatives grow in ways we could have only imagined: strangers have become friends, colleagues have grown into collaborators, and, the most beautiful development has been watching us all become advocates for each other and the industry we are committed to advancing. In our quest to continue strengthening these bonds, we are revamping a member benefit we launched last May: SCBWInvite.

SCBWInvite provides our members with opportunities to support one another in real life. For writers and illustrators in all stages of their careers, SCBWInvite is a platform to celebrate your successes and share your events, be it a book launch, presentation, or signing. Even virtual events can be shared! For others, SCBWInvite is a chance to encourage our peers, show up for our region, and continue supporting quality children's literature. 

From now on, all SCBWInvite events will be promoted on our website, in email blasts, and throughout our social media channels to give these celebrations the visibility they deserve. Posting an event is still as easy as ever: Simply log into your Member Profile , click on SCBWInvite on the lefthand side of your home page, and follow the prompts to create your listing. To find an event, go to the Events tab on our website and click on SCBWInvite . Events are categorized by state and are open to everyone, non-members included. We also invite you to send photos and videos of your event to our Admin Coordinator, Kiana Martin, at  kianamartin@scbwi.org , so we can share its success on our social media channels.The revamped program will launch Monday, February 17
SCBWI Congratulates ALA youth media awards Winners
SCBWI is thrilled to congratulate the winners of the ALA youth media award and honor winners.
SCBWI member  Jerry Craft  became the first graphic novelist to win the John Newbery Medal with New Kid (HarperCollins). The Newbery honor winners included  Scary Stories for Young Foxes  (Henry Holt), written by Christian McKay Heidicker and illustrated by Junyi Wu Other Words for Home  (Balzer & Bray) by Jasmine Warga ; and  Genesis Begins Again  (Atheneum) by Alicia D. Williams .
Former SCBWI Board Member  Kwame Alexander 's book The Undefeated (Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) , illustrated by Kadir Nelson,  won the Caldecott Medal, as well as a Newbery honor. The Caldecott Honor books went to  Bear Came Along  (Little Brown), written by Richard T. Morris , and illustrated by LeUyen Pham Double Bass Blues  (Knopf), written by  Andrea J. Loney , and illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez ; and  Going Home with Daddy ( Peachtree), written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Daniel Minter .

Reflections on the New Decade: The Care and Feeding of Your Creativity
by Amy Goldman Koss
Amy Goldman Koss
When non-artists ask where our ideas come from, we want to roll our eyes and say, “That’s what brains do.” But then we hit a creative block and with more anguish than curiosity, we ask ourselves the same question. It’s scary and humbling to realize we’ve no clue where our ideas come from or what propels them from thought to finished product.

Once we’ve survived our first artistic block, we’re never so cavalier about our ideas again. We’re not exactly sure what caused the block so we live in fear of it recurring and are jumpy around possible triggers. Award Season, when according to social media it seems every book but ours is winning awards and adoration and being recommended on best-of lists, by every library, journal, and blogger, can be trigger galore. Worse; since this year starts a whole new decade, many published authors and illustrators have been proudly posting pictures of all the books they’ve created and launched over the last ten years. 

Like our new-decade diets and exercise resolutions, we’re likely to address ourselves to the care and feeding of our mysterious idea-maker. But if we’re not clear on what creativity is, how do we know what to feed it? 

SCBWI Exclusive With...
Tara Gilbert, Agent, Corvisiero Literary
Tara wants nothing more than to live and breathe literature. 
While every other person grew up wanting to be Cinderella, Tara dreamed about being Belle. Not because she wanted a Beast to call her own. No, she wanted to spend her days with her nose stuck in a book and to find a home with a massive library.

Tara interned for Entangled Publishing before coming to the Corvisiero team in the summer of 2018. She enjoys reading broadly and is always finding new books to add to her giant library in-progress.

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

Congratulations to the December/January winners! The prompt word was "Snow Day"
Click HERE to view the December/January Gallery
Kaela Graham
Marissa Valdez
February's prompt word is: Secret Admirer
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
Carrell Muller, Louisiana RA for more than two decades, passed away on January 22. A writer, librarian, and a beloved friend and mentor in the children's book community, Carrell will be greatly missed.
2020 Newbery winner Jerry Craft, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jason Reynolds, and Newbery Honor winner Kwame Alexander celebrate at ALA Midwinter
Hilda E. Burgos and Sue Fliess sign books at ALA Midwinter 2020