SCBWI just announced this year's Golden Kite Award Winners...and one of them goes to A Visitor for Bear, by friend Bonny Becker. Hooray, Bonny!
This book is especially precious to me, not only because Bonny is a friend, but because You-Know-Who was the very first child to have a signed copy of A Visitor for Bear. This is the child who, when playing chase, throws herself on the ground and declares, "You win. I am UNDONE."
Here's the full list of Golden Kite Award Winners:
Fiction: DOWN SAND MOUNTAIN by Steve Watkins- Candlewick Press
Nonfiction: A LIFE IN THE WILD: GEORGE SCHALLER’S STRUGGLE TO SAVE THE LAST GREAT BEASTS by Pamela S. Turner- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Picture Book Text: A VISITOR FOR BEAR by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton- Candlewick Press
Picture Book Illustration: LAST NIGHT Illustrated and written by Hyewon Yum- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Golden Kite Honor Recipients:
Fiction: THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. Pearson- Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (our March readergirlz pick!)
Nonfiction: THE MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE: SUPERNOVAE, DARK ENERGY, AND BLACK HOLES by Ellen Jackson; photographed and illustrated by Nic Bishop- Houghton Mifflin
Picture Book Text: BEFORE JOHN WAS A JAZZ GIANT by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls- Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Picture Book Illustration: I LOVE MY NEW TOY Illustrated and written by Mo Willems- Hyperion
The winners receive their awards at the schwanky Golden Kite Luncheon at SCBWI’s 38th Annual Conference on Writing and Illustrating for Children, August 7-10, 2009.
Wouldn't it be fun to go! Bonny, our hearts are all going with you.