SCBWI Crystal Kite Members Choice Awards

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has announced the winners of the 2013 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards for its fifteen regional divisions:


Neil MalherbeThe Magyar Conspiracy (Tafelberg Publishers)


Meg McKinlayTen Tiny Things (illustrated by Kyle Hughes-Odgers) (Fremantle Press)


Katherine ApplegateThe One and Only Ivan (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Southeast (Florida/Georgia/South Carolina/North Carolina/Alabama/Mississippi)

Augusta ScattergoodGlory Be (Scholastic)

Mid-South (Kansas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Tennessee/Kentucky/Missouri)

Sharon CameronThe Dark Unwinding (Scholastic)

Middle East/India/Asia

Benjamin MartinSamurai Awakening (Tuttle Publishing)

Midwest (Minnesota/Iowa/Nebraska/Wisconsin/Illinois/Michigan/Indiana/Ohio)

Aaron ReynoldsCreepy Carrots (illustrated by Peter Brown) (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Southwest (Nevada/Arizona/Utah/Colorado/Wyoming/New Mexico)

Jean ReaganHow to Baby Sit A Grandpa (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s Books)

New England (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)

Jo KnowlesSee You At Harry’s (Candlewick Press)

New York

Kate MessnerCapture the Flag (Scholastic)

Atlantic (Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey/Wash DC/Virginia/West Virginia/Maryland)

Ame DyckmanBOY + BOT (illustrated by Dan Yaccarino) (Alfred A. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books)


Lynne KellyChained (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc.)

The Americas (Canada/Mexico/Central & South America)

Jennifer LanthierThe Stamp Collector (Fitzhenry and Whiteside)


Dave CousinsFifteen Days without a Head (Oxford University Press)

West (Washington/Oregon/Alaska/Idaho/Montana/North Dakota/South Dakota)

Kim BakerPickle (illustrated by Tim Probert) (Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan Publishers)

About the Crystal Kite Awards

The Crystal Kite Awards are given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to recognize great books from the seventy SCBWI regions around the world. Along with the SCBWI Golden Kite Awards, the Crystal Kite Awards are chosen by other children’s book writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers.


Founded in 1971, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is one of the largest existing writers’ and illustrators’ organizations, with over 22,000 members worldwide. It is the only organization specifically for those working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. The organization was founded by Stephen Mooser (President) and Lin Oliver (Executive Director), both of whom are well-published children’s book authors and leaders in the world of children’s literature. For more information about the Crystal Kite Award, please visit, and click “Awards & Grants.”