Awards and Recognition

Kate/ February 21, 2018/ blog, news

It was enough to get my illustrations bound in a book and distributed to libraries and bookstores all over the country. But awards? On my first book? Pinch me, I must be snoozing.

A lot of people I know were happy to say “good riddance” to 2017. I would have been in total agreement, except for all the amazing things that happened with my kidlit debut.

The National Science Teachers Association put The Secret Life of the Red Fox on its short list of Outstanding Science Trade Books. Thank you, awesome science teachers! Hooray for science! #goSTEM


The California Reading Association named it a Eureka! Silver Award Winner for Non-Fiction Books. I’ve always preferred to wear silver over gold. Thanks, Cali!


My book was nominated for the Ezra Jack Keats Award for new illustrators. I did not win an award, “however, out of the 356 books submitted for 2017, your book was one of the top contenders,” said the committee. Just being nominated was a total surprise. I can’t say I wasn’t waiting on pins and needles on decision day, but I’m honored to have been considered. Dziękuję! (That’s “thank you!” in Polish. Ezra was polish. I had no idea until I read about his life story, thanks to this nomination.)

Beyond the awards, my book with Laurence Pringle received loads of great reviews. You can read a nice sampling of them on the Amazon page for The Secret Life of the Red Fox.


Not the least of which is this lovely writeup from Virginia Lee Manning, our Illustration Coordinator for SCBWI Eastern Pennsylvania. Virginia is a gifted creator in her own right, so check out her work while you visit her site.

I wonder what surprises will 2018 bring?

About Kate

Kate Garchinsky illustrates and writes children’s books and educational media in her studio in the woodlands near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her debut picture book, The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by acclaimed wildlife author, Laurence Pringle, received a starred review from School Library Journal. Kate Garchinsky received a grant from the Eckelberry Fellowship at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she has been researching and illustrating extinction stories about North American birds such as the Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet. Prior to creating children’s books, Kate designed lots of fun things like toys, birdbaths and trail maps. She lives with her husband Brian, Julia and Spencer the cats, and her one-eyed beagle, Maggie May. Kate recently signed on to illustrate two more “Secret Life” narrative non-fiction picture books with Boyds Mills Press—The Secret Life the Little Brown Bat (2018) and The Secret Life of the Skunk (2019). While drawing foxes and bats, Kate also began work on Belle’s Journey, a middle-grade non-fiction chapter book by ornithologist and osprey expert, Rob Bierregaard (Charlesbridge 2018). Get to know more about Kate Garchinsky at (aka