The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Golden Kite Awards and Sid Fleischman Award. These awards, which are the only ones of their kind to be judged by a jury of author and illustrator peers, are given for excellence in five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, Picture Book Illustration and Humor (the Sid Fleischman). “The SCBWI is gratified that the Golden Kite Awards have achieved such high visibility in our community and in the public eye,” SCBWI Lin Oliver stated. “Our hope is that by recognizing excellence, these books will prosper and live to influence a generation of readers.”
Southern Breeze is proud to announce that our own DEBORAH WILES won the award!
The Golden Kite Fiction Award goes to Revolution by Deborah Wiles. This harrowing story centers on the 1964 Civil Rights movement and one young girl’s summer that will change her life forever.
There are many awards offered through SCBWI Awards & Grants. The GOLDEN KITE AWARDS are the only children's literary award judged by a jury of peers. For most, this makes the award even more prestigious, because you know you have been deemed to have outstanding work based on what other writers think.
ABOUT DEBORAH WILES:
National Book Award Finalist Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama into an Air Force family and spent her growing-up summers in a small Mississippi town with an extended family full of Southern characters. Today she writes about them and they live on in her stories.
Deborah is the first children's book author to be named Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House, James Thurber's boyhood home in Columbus, Ohio. She received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award from the New York Public Library and the Keats Foundation in 2002 and is the 2014 recipient of the PEN/Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship.
She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and taught "Writing Techniques for Teachers" at Towson University in Maryland until she moved to Atlanta in 2004. She also taught writing in the MFA programs at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Vermont College.
Deborah has written two picture books: One Wide Sky (Harcourt, 2003), a Children's Book of the Month Club selection, and Freedom Summer (Simon & Schuster, 2001), winner of numerous awards, including dual Ezra Jack Keats Awards and the Coretta Scott King/Steptow award for illustrator Jerome Lagarrigue. A picutre book about Robert Kennedy is forthcoming from Scholastic.
Deborah has written three novels about growing up in the south. They are known as the Aurora County Trilogy. Love, Ruby Lavender was an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Children's Book Sense 76 Pick, and a New York Public Library Book for Reading and Sharing. The book has also been nominated for twenty-six state book award reading lists, voted on by children. Deborah's novel Each Little Bird That Sings won the Bank Street Fiction Award for 2005, a Golden Kite Honor Award, the California Young Reader Medal, was a 2005 E.B. White Award winner and was a 2005 National Book Award finalist. The Aurora County All-Stars was a SEBA Book Award finalist. It completes the Aurora County trilogy.
Deborah's newest project is called "The Sixties Trilogy: Three Novels of the 1960s for Young Readers." Book one, Countdown, was published in May 2010 by Scholastic. Book two, Revolution, was published in 2014 and is a National Book Award Finalist, as well as the Golden Kite Award winner for Fiction.
Deborah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she avoids the traffic, writes songs with her husband, jazz pianist Jim Pearce, climbs Stone Mountain, and grows the world's most beautiful zinnias.