Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Neil Armstrong is My Uncle is an Honor Recipient of a Golden Kite Award


Years ago when I first started to write, two friends got together and gave me a year's membership to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I'm not sure, but I think I cried. This was an I-believe-in-you-and-in-your-dreams gift, and gifts like that always make me cry.

The SCBWI opened up a world to me. Through it, I found my first critique group (and my next one), learned about writing and the book industry; was inspired; met writing buddies (many turned into great friends);
became part of a wonderful community of writers and illustrators; realized that I wasn't the only one who wanted to be an author; learned that it's really hard to write a book and even harder to get it published; discovered that it's not impossible.

Last night, I got a call from Sara Rutenberg, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award coordinator, saying that Neil Armstrong is My Uncle was a 2010 honor recipient. How wonderful to receive an acknowledgment from an organization that means so much to so many writers and illustrators. (A note to Sara: sorry for rambling incoherently and for not being able to put two sentences together during our phone conversation.)

Below is a copy of the announcement listing the winners and honor recipients.


Monday, March 01, 2010

The Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators is pleased to announce the winners and honorees of the 2010 Golden Kite Awards (for books published in the 2009 calendar year.) The Golden Kite Award is the only award presented to children’s book authors and artists by their peers.

Golden Kite Award Winners

Fiction
SEA OF THE DEAD
by Julia Durango

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Nonfiction
ASHLEY BRYAN: WORDS TO MY LIFE'S SONG
by
Ashley Bryan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster)
Picture Book Text
THE LONGEST NIGHT
b
y Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ted Lewin
Holiday House
Picture Book Illustration
GRACIAS THANKS
Illustrated by John Parra, written
by Pat Mora
Lee & Low Books


Golden Kite Honor Recipients

Fiction
NEIL ARMSTRONG IS MY UNCLE
by Nan Marino

Roaring Book Press
Nonfiction
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: A WRITER'S LIFE
by Catherine Reef

Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Picture Book Text
BELLA & BEAN
by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Aileen Leijten

Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster)
Picture Book Illustration
BAD NEWS FOR OUTLAWS
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Carolrhoda Books

Here's the link to the SCBWI announcement For more information on all SCBWI awards and grants, please visit the Awards & Grants section of our website.

13 comments:

boreal_owl said...

A big congrats, Nan!

J.A. Palermo said...

Congratulations, Nan -- very well deserved!

MG Higgins said...

Congratulations! That is such an honor, and--to ditto Judy--very well deserved.

karenbschwartz said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations! And so well deserved! Karen

nanmarino said...

Thanks, Barbara, Judy, Mel and Karen, for the congrats and good wishes.

Sliding on the Edge said...

I'm so proud to know you, Nan. Your book deserves a lot of awards, so this is a beginning. Congratulations.

Stephanie J. Blake said...

So well-deserved! Congrats again.

nanmarino said...

Thanks Lee and Stephanie!

Nikki said...

Nan - You were robbed. Your book should have won it all. (Okay, I'll admit - I haven't read the winner. But yours? Divine. LOVED it.)
Congratulations! I believe in you, too. Write more!

nanmarino said...

I haven't read the winner, but I've heard wonderful wonderful things about it. It's on my to-read list. Thanks for the congrats, Nikki. Hope you're doing well.

captainstupendous said...

Late to the party here, but bravo Nan! Your book is truly wonderful, and I couldn't be happier to see it recognized like this.

Christy Raedeke said...

I was so excited to see your book on the list! I agree it should have won, but as they say, it's an honor just to be nominated. :)

Congratulations!

nanmarino said...

Thanks Christy and Mike, er, I mean Captainstupendous