Our usual gala festivities may be online this year due to quarantine. But that did not stop the book world from shining bright online! The good-natured jokes were plentiful last night.
Illustrator Debbi Ohi led us into the fun with a "sketchy" joke about what she planned to wear to the virtual Golden Kites versus what she had on at the moment.
While pandemic exhaustion certainly has many of us relating to unbrushed hair and missed shower appointments, tweeters couldn't help joining in on the joke, tweeting out promises that they too, were were sitting behind their computers dressed in elegant attire reminiscent of Rihanna at the Met Gala.
Writer/Illustrator Erin Rew threw yoga pants to the wind, opting for a more festive look, slipping into a pre-pandemic golden gown. Even the cat behind her is clamoring for a closer look.
Finally had a reason to wear my fancy gold dress... let’s just pretend it zipped up in back.— Erin Rew (@rew_erin) February 20, 2021
Anyone else dress-up for the Golden Kite Awards gala or just me? #NY21SCBWI #SCBWIBIRD pic.twitter.com/rkYrJwWfht
Illustrator Alicia Schwab gave a wink to the Perseverance rover landing on Mars this week with her show stopping intergalactic golden look.
And, children's writer and copyeditor, Becky Noelle shined bright in her elegant golden earrings
These, and many other glittering tweets led us straight to the nearest Zoom link to attend the first ever virtual Golden Kite Awards. Here are my top three golden moments during the awards segment.
3. Jennifer Garner, dressed in an on-theme amber colored cardigan, confessing that she can barely get through Charlotte's Web without tearing up (neither can we, Jen!)
So honored that #WaysToMakeSunshine received the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Middle Grade/Young Readers Fiction. Thank you to the committee. And thank you to my Goddaughter, the real Ryan Hart, for inspiring this series...you are my sunshine. @scbwi pic.twitter.com/aU3SdL8f6z— Renée Watson (@reneewauthor) February 20, 2021