Tuesday, March 3, 2009

And the Golden Kite Goes to...

It's no secret that I heart SCBWI! I've committed my time to the organization, learned so much from it, and have made amazing friends.

Today, I'm THRILLED to be able to post about the 2009 SCBWI Golden Kite recipients and to announce my own SCBWI-related news.

But first, the Golden Kite goes to...

Yes, yes, and triple YES. Bonny Becker is the winner of the 2009 Golden Kite for Picture Book Text for A VISITOR FOR BEAR (illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton and published by Candlewick).
Yay, Bonny! Bonny is a Seattle-area writer and one of those above mentioned SCBWI friends. You can read a little more about her recent SCBWI Western Washington appearance HERE.

Also taking home the Gold...

Steve Watkins gets the win for Fiction with his debut young adult novel DOWN SAND MOUNTAIN (Candlewick).

The Nonfiction category goes to A LIFE IN THE WILD: GEORGE SCHALLER'S STRUGGLE TO SAVE THE LAST GREAT BEASTS by Pamela S. Turner (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

And, LAST NIGHT by Hyewon Yum is the winner for Picture Book Illustration (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Golden Kite Honor Recipients are:

Fiction: THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. Pearson (This book has also been chosen as this month's feature over at readergirlz. Way to go, Mary!)

Nonfiction: THE MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE: SUPER NOVAE, DARK ENERGY, AND BLACK HOLES by Ellen Jackson; photographed and illustrated by Nic Bishop

Picture Book Text: BEFORE JOHN WAS A JAZZ GIANT by Carole Boston Weathersford, illustrated by Sean Qualls

Picture Book Illustration: I LOVE MY NEW TOY by Mo Willems

The SCBWI Golden Kite is unique in that it also recognizes the editors and art directors of these books. Congrats to Candlewick and FSG for sweeping up the gold!

The awards will be handed out at this summer's SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles. Mark your calendar NOW for August 7-10. If you've been to the summer conference, you know it's not to be missed. If you haven't, I'm telling you, IT'S NOT TO BE MISSED.

Now for news I've just been dying to tell you (and it's all related to all of the above)!

I've had the privilege of attending the last three summer conference as one of the regional advisors. I've since hung up that hat. But a new one was flung my way. I grabbed it, put it on, and I'm so, so thrilled to tell you that I will be wearing it as part of...
SCBWI TEAM BLOG
Many of you likely followed Alice Pope, official blogger of the SCBWI Winter Conference (and CWIM Goddess). If you haven't seen her conference posts, check them out HERE.

Not surprising, the conference blog was a hit (and still is) but poor thing blistered her fingers doing so much blogging. And the summer conference is even bigger! How could it be left to only ten tiny fingers. So SCBWI asked Alice to assemble a team--SCBWI TEAM BLOG.

And I'm turning circles over the fact that little ol' me, over here at Cuppa Jolie, has been asked to be part of this team along with Jaime Temairik, Lee Wind, Paula Yoo, and Suzanne Young and, of course, Team Blog Leader Alice Pope. Watch for lots of SCBWI Conference news right here. I'll always let you know about happenings over at the SCBWI Conference Blog.

12 comments:

Suzanne Young said...

Well said!

kim baker said...

YAY!

Yay for Bonny and the rest of the Golden Kite winners, and YAY that you all will be in L.A.! Great news!

holly cupala said...

This is just such cool news! Especially for Bonny and SCBWI Team Blog! Hooray for all of you!

Lee Wind said...

Yay Jolie, what fun to blast out this news...
Go SCBWI TEAM BLOG, Go!!!
Best,
Lee

Shelli said...

ill be there!

Joni said...

Awesome, LA will be double fun now!

Vodka Mom said...

That news ROCKS!! I will SO follow the blogs.

can't wait. Make me laugh, girl. Make. me. laugh

Vodka Mom said...

oh, and try to teach me something, too.

Cuppa Jolie said...

Hey all! Thanks so much. I'm so excited about Team Blog. And I can't wait to see all of you in LA. Because you will all be there, right? Right!?!

And Vodka Mom...laying down the challenge already! Alright...make you laugh and make you learn. Love it. Promise, I'll do my very best. (Perhaps a bit of vodka before blogging will help.)

CocoaStomp said...

I think vodka and blogging is the new vlogging.

Annie said...

Yay, Jolie! I might just have to make the 3,000+ mile trek and see you typing in person!

Cuppa Jolie said...

Well, Annie! You must come. You must! It will be the perfect time to chat with people (like live conference bloggers) about ALSO KNOWN AS HARPER...a SCBWI success story.