Alert! The international chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has awarded its inaugural Crystal Kite gong for the Africa region to Maya Sereda for A Kite’s Flight, published by Jacana, which she illustrated to bring to life William Gumede’s story of how Andile and his father make a beautiful kite, which then takes readers “on an epic journey across Africa”.
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”, according to SCBWI.
Sereda, born in Warsaw, Poland, moved to South Africa at the age of ten and has many titles under her belt – view her children’s book portfolio here.
At time of going to press, SCBWI’s website was down, so more information is currently scant. For now, then, congratulations to Sereda (and Gumede) on this fine achievement!
- A Kite’s Flight by William Gumede, illustrated by Maya Sereda
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