Honor roll: Golden Kite Picture Book Text Award

Each of these books has been nominated for a Golden Kite Picture Book Text Award. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:A Band of Angels

A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired By The Jubilee Singers

Deborah Hopkinson, Raúl Colón

A Band of Angels is fiction, but it is based on real events and people. The character of Ella was inspired by Ella Sheppard Moore, who was born February 4, 1851, in Nashville, Tennessee. Her father was able to free himself and young Ella from slavery, but before he could buy freedom for Ella’s mother she was sold away. Ella was raised in Cincinnati, where she took music lessons. At fifteen, she was left penniless when her father died. She arrived at Fisk School in 1868 with only six dollars.

Fisk was opened in 1866 as a school for former slaves and began offering college classes in 1871. That year, in a desperate attempt to save Fisk from closing, a music teacher named George White set out with a group of students on a singing tour to raise money. Although at first they only sang popular music of the day, they soon became famous for introducing spirituals to the world. …[more]

Book:Old Elm Speaks

Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems

Kristine O'Connell George, Kate Kiesler

This tree across the stream is a trickier bridge
than it might seem…

The original poems in this lovely, simple collection celebrate every aspect of trees in a variety of poetic forms including free verse, rhyme, and haiku....Kiesler's warm oil paintings beautifully complement the poems, making for a totally satisfying experience that is sure to be a favorite.

The author of The Great From Race and Other Poems has created a collection of short poems that celebrate trees and the amazing variety of ways they touch our lives. Deceptively simple verses reveal what trees think about and what they say to one another, as well as how they look and all the things they do for us. Humor and an unerring ear for the sounds of language make these poems an irresistible read-aloud; the luminous oil paintings evoke a country setting and the children who enjoy it through the year.

Book:The Paper Dragon

The Paper Dragon

Marguerite W. Davol, Robert Sabuda

Mi Fei is a humble painter of scrolls. Between each day’s sunrise and sunset, he paints scenes of the gods and their festivals’ portraits of heroes and their deeds. Although the scrolls bring him fame, Mi Fei is content to live in his village, surrounded by people he loves.

But one day a messenger enters the village with terrible news: the dragon Sui Jen has awakened from its hundred years’ sleep and is destroying everything in its path. Someone must find a way to return Sui Jen to its slumber. To the villagers, only one among them is wise enough to confront the scaly beast—Mi Fei.

The power of the artist’s vision and the ever-sustaining nature of love are brought together in Marguerite W. Davol’s beautiful story, strikingly interpreted by Robert Sabuda in a series of gatefold illustrations that convey the storytelling majesty of the Chinese narrative scrollmaker’s art.

Book:Saving Sweetness

Saving Sweetness

Diane Stanley, G. Brian Karas

When Sweetness, the ittiest bittiest orphan in Ms. Sump’s orphanage, runs away, it’s up to the sheriff to find her and bring her back. The only problem is, Sweetness doesn’t want to be saved. She’d rather take her chances with Coyote Pete, the nastiest desperado in the Wild West, than face going back to Ms. Sump. So each time the sheriff catches up to her, she runs away again! How the sheriff finally finds a way to save Sweetness-for good-makes for a hilariously heartwarming story that’s sure to please.

Book:The Babe & I

The Babe & I

David A. Adler, Terry Widener

It’s 1932 and hard times are everywhere. But life isn’t all bad. America still loves baseball, and Babe Ruth is the star of the game. And two boys are about to discover that with some creativity, hard work, and a little help from the Babe himself, they can do their part to help out their own team!

Book:Zelda and Ivy

Zelda and Ivy

Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky

Zelda and Ivy are fox sisters with a flair for the dramatic. Their exploits unfold with plenty of sugar and sass in this spirited trio of stories. Wry and genuine, the linked episodes and expressive illustrations will strike home with beginning readers, especially those who’ve experienced the warmth — and occasional wrath — of a sibling’s attentions.

Book:December

December

Eve Bunting, David Diaz

Simon and his mom don’t have much — the cardboard house they built for themselves, a tiny Christmas tree, and a picture of an angel from a calendar pinned to one wall. The angel’s name is December. Simon’s mom says she sings to them when they’re asleep. On Christmas Eve, Simon and his mom take in an old woman who needs a place to keep warm, and the next morning, Simon wakes early to find that the old woman has vanished. Instead, he sees December, their Christmas angel, with her wings fanned out over their cardboard house. Could she be real?

Book:Leah's Pony

Leah's Pony

Elizabeth Friedrich, Michael Garland

Set in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, this is the story of family love and the kindness of neighbors. Faced with the auction of their farm and equipment due to the drought, Young Leah decides to help her family by placing the first bid on her father's tractor, using the money she had received from the sale of her beloved pony. Full color.

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