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Golden Kite Award Winners

A list of Golden Kite Award winners (an award given by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) for the best books in the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, picture book (since 1982), and picture book text (since 1996).
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The Golden Kite Award is awarded by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for the best books in the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, picture book (since 1982), and picture book text (since 1996). The year noted is when the award was given; the books were published the year before they received the award.

2015
Fiction: Revolution, by Deborah Wiles
Nonfiction: The Family Romanov; Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming
Picture Book Text: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant
Picture Book Illustration: A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream, written by Kristy Dempsey illustrated by Floyd Cooper

2014
Fiction: Better Nate than Ever, by Tim Federle
Nonfiction: Call of the Klondike, by David Meissner and Kim Richardson
Picture Book Text: Sophie's Squash, by Pat Zietlow Miller (illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf)
Picture Book Illustration: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown

2013
Fiction: The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook, by Joanne Rocklin
Nonfiction: Noah Webster & His Words, by Jeri Chase Ferris (illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch)
Picture Book Text: Me and Momma and Big John, by Mara Rockliff (illustrated by William Low)
Picture Book Illustration: Lester's Dreadful Sweaters, by K. G. Campbell

2012
Fiction: Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys
Nonfiction: Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, by Candace Fleming
Picture Book Text: Over and Under the Snow, by Kate Messner (illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal)
Picture Book Illustration: Balloons over Broadway, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

2011
Fiction: Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer Holm
Nonfiction: The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie, by Tanya Lee Stone
Picture Book Text: Big Red Lollipop, by Rukhsana Khan (illustrated by Sophie Blackall)
Picture Book Illustration: A Pocket Full of Posies, illustrated by Salley Mavor

2010
Fiction: Sea of the Dead, by Julia Durango
Nonfiction: Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song, by Ashley Bryan
Picture Book Text: The Longest Night, by Marion Dane Bauer (illustrated by Ted Lewin)
Picture Book Illustration: Gracias Thanks, illustrated by John Parra (author Pat Mora)

2009
Fiction: Down Sand Mountain, by Steve Watkins
Nonfiction: A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts, by Pamela S. Turner
Picture Book Text: A Visitor for Bear, by Bonny Becker (illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton)
Picture Book Illustration: Last Night, Illustrated and written by Hyewon Yum

2008
Fiction: Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate Feiwel and Friends
Nonfiction: Muckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens Helped Expose Scandal, Inspire Reform, and Invent Investigative Journalism, by Ann Bausum
Picture Book Text: Pierre In Love, by Sara Pennypacker (illustrated by Petra Mathers)
Picture Book Illustration: Little Night, Illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales

2007
Fiction: Firegirl, by Tony Abbott
Nonfiction: The Adventures of Marco Polo, by Russell Freedman
Picture Book Text: Jazz, by Walter Dean Myers(illustrated by Christopher Myers)
Picture Book Illustration: Not Afraid of Dogs, Illustrated by Larry Day(author Susanna Pitzer)

2006
Fiction: A Room on Lorelei Street, by Mary E. Pearson
Nonfiction: Children of the Great Depression, by Russell Freedman
Picture Book Text: Doña Flor, by Pat Mora (Illustrations by Raul Colón)
Picture Book Illustration: Baby Bear's Chairs, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jane Yolen

2005
Fiction: Bucking the Sarge ,by Christopher Paul Curtis
Nonfiction: Dust To Eat: Drought And Depression In The 1930s, by Michael L. Cooper
Picture Book Text: Apples to Oregon, by Deborah Hopkinson
Picture Book Illustration: The Mysterious Collection of Dr. David Harleyson, by Jean Cassels

2004
Fiction: Milkweed, by Jerry Spinelli
Nonfiction: Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer, by Robert Byrd
Picture Book Text: The Dirty Cowboy, by Amy Timberlake
Picture Book Illustration: I Dream Of Trains, by Loren Long

2003
Fiction: Fresh Girl, by Jaira Placide
Nonfiction: This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie, by Elizabeth Partridge
Picture Book Text: George Hogglesberry, Grade School Alien, by Sarah Wilson
Picture Book Illustration: Mrs. Biddlebox, by Marla Frazee

2002
Fiction: True Believer, by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Nonfiction: Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Picture Book Text: The Shoe Tree of Chagrin, by J. Patrick Lewis
Picture Book Illustration: The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish, by Beth Krommes

2001
Fiction: The Boxer, by Kathleen Karr
Nonfiction: Darkness over Denmark, by Ellen Levine
Picture Book Text: River Friendly, River Wild, by Jane Kurtz
Picture Book Illustration: The Rain Came Down, by David Shannon

2000
Fiction: Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Nonfiction: Space Station Science: Life in Free Fall, by Marianne J. Dyson
Picture Book Text: A Band of Angels, by Deborah Hopkinson
Picture Book Illustration: The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza), by Amy Walrod

1999
Fiction: Rules of the Road, by Joan Bauer
Nonfiction: Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life, by Russell Freedman
Picture Book Text: Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems, by Kristine O'Connell
Picture Book Illustration: Snow, by Uri Shulevitz

1998
Fiction: Stones in Water, by Donna Jo Napoli
Nonfiction: Carmine's Story: A Book About a Boy Living With AIDS, by Arlene Schulman
Picture Book Text: The Paper Dragon, by Marguerite W. Davol
Picture Book Illustration: The Paper Dragon, by Robert Sabuda

1997
Fiction: The Moorchild, by Eloise McGraw
Nonfiction: Small Steps, by Peg Kehret
Picture Book Text: Saving Sweetness, by Diane Stanley
Picture Book Illustration: Market Day, by Holly Berry

1996
Fiction: The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis
Nonfiction: Abigail Adams, by Natalie S. Bober
Picture Book Illustration: Fairy Wings, by Dennis Nolan and Lauren Mills

1995
Fiction: Catherine, Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman
Nonfiction: Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor, by Russell Freedman
Picture Book Illustration: Big Fat Hen, by Keith Baker

1994
Fiction: Make Lemonade, by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Nonfiction: Eleanor Roosevelt, by Russell Freedman
Picture Book Illustration: By the Light of the Halloween Moon, by Kevin Hawkes

1993
Fiction: Letters From a Slave Girl, by Mary E. Lyons
Nonfiction: The Long Road to Gettysburg, by Jim Murphy
Picture Book Illustration: Chicken Sunday, by Patricia Polacco

1992
Fiction: The Raincatchers, by Jean Thesman
Nonfiction: The Wright Brothers, by Russell Freedman
Picture Book Illustration: Mama, Do You Love Me, by Barbara Lavallee

1991
Fiction: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi
Nonfiction: The Boy's War, by Jim Murphy
Picture Book Illustration: Home Place, by Jerry Pinkney

1990
Fiction: Jenny of the Tetons, by Kristiana Gregory
Nonfiction: Panama Canal: Gateway to the World, by Judith St. George
Picture Book Illustration: Tom Thumb, by Richard Jesse Watson

1989
Fiction: Borrowed Children, by George Ella Lyon
Nonfiction: Let There Be Light, by James Cross Giblin
Picture Book Illustration: Forest of Dreams, by Susan Jeffers

1988
Fiction: Rabble Stareky, by Lois Lowry
Nonfiction: Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark, by Rhoda Blumberg
Picture Book Illustration: What the Mailman Brought, by Tomie de Paola

1987
Fiction: After the Dancing Days, by Margaret Rostowski
Nonfiction: Poverty in America, by Milton Meltzer
Picture Book Illustration: Juma and the Magin Jinn, by Charles Mikolaycak

1986
Fiction: Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan
Nonfiction: Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, by Rhoda Blumberg
Picture Book Illustration: The Donkey's Dream, by Barbara Helen Berger

1985
Fiction: Tancy, by Belinda Hurmence
Nonfiction: Walls: Defenses Throughout History, by James Cross Giblin
Picture Book Illustration: Little Red Riding Hood, by Don Wood

1984
Fiction: The Tempering, by Gloria Skurzynski
Nonfiction: The Illustrated Dinosaur Dictionary, by Helen Roney Sattler
Picture Book Illustration: Little Red Riding Hood, by Trina Schart Hyman

1983
Fiction: Ralph S. Mouse, by Beverly Cleary
Nonfiction: Chimney Sweeps, by James Cross Giblin
Picture Book Illustration: Giorgio's Village, by Tomie de Paola

1982
Fiction: Little, Little, by M. E. Kerr
Nonfiction: Blissymbolics, by Elizabeth Helfman

1981
Fiction: Arthur, For the Very First Time, by Patricia MacLachlan
Nonfiction: The Lives of Spiders, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

1980
Fiction: The Magic of the Gluts, by Carole S. Adler
Nonfiction: Runaway Teens, by Arnold Madison

1979
Fiction: And You Give Me a Pain, Elaine, by Stella Pevsner
Nonfiction: How I Came to Be a Writer, by Phyllis Reynolds

1978
Fiction: The Girl Who Had No Name, by Bernice Rabe
Nonfiction: Peeper, First Voice of Spring, by Robert McClung

1977
One More Flight, by Eve Bunting

1976
The Garden Is Doing Fine, by Carol Farley

1975
The Girl Who Cried Flowers, by Jane Yolen

1974
Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green

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