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Presented annually for PAL books that represent excellence in the field of children’s literature, the Crystal Kite Awards are peer-selected and voted on by SCBWI members from local regions. Congratulations all.


For more information about submitting to the Crystal Kites, visit our official award description page.


For more information about each of the winners and to purchase the titles, visit our Bookshop page.




Award Year:
Awards Presented in 2023
(For books published in 2022)
Authors(s): Kenda Henthorn
Illustrators(s): Lauren Gallegos
Division: Texas/Oklahoma
Regions: Texas, Oklahoma
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Authors(s): Emily House
Illustrators(s): Emily House
Division: Internationals Other
Regions: Internationals Other
Publisher: Blue Dot Kids Press
Authors(s): Alice B. McGinty
Illustrators(s): david roberts
Division: Midwest
Regions: Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Authors(s): Katrina Germein
Illustrators(s): Mandy Foot
Division: Australia/New Zealand
Regions: Australia, New Zealand
Publisher: Little Book Press
Authors(s): Carter Higgins
Illustrators(s): Daniel Miyares
Division: Mid-South
Regions: Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Authors(s): Camilla Chester
Illustrators(s): Irina Avgustinovich
Division: UK/Ireland
Regions: UK, Ireland
Publisher: Firefly Books
Authors(s): Dianne White
Division: Southwest
Regions: Nevada, Arizona, Utah, southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster)
Authors(s): Keely Hutton, Achut Deng
Division: New York
Regions: New York
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc.
Authors(s): Monica Wesolowska
Illustrators(s): Kenard Pak
Division: California/Hawaii
Regions: California, Hawaii
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Illustrators(s): Simona Mulazzani
Division: Southeast
Regions: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama
Publisher: Reycraft Books
Authors(s): Laura K Zimmermann
Division: Atlantic
Regions: Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Wash DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Authors(s): Suma Subramaniam
Division: West
Regions: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Authors(s): Karen Krossing
Illustrators(s): Dawn Lo
Division: Canada
Regions: Canada
Publisher: Owlkids
Authors(s): Sarah Sassoon
Division: Middle East/India/Asia
Regions: Middle East, India, Asia
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
Authors(s): Liz Goulet Dubois
Division: New England
Regions: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island
Publisher: Sourcebooks