Peter Carnavas wins the Crystal Kite award!

After being a finalist three years running, mask maker Peter Carnavas just WON the coveted Crystal Kite Award for Blue Whale Blues!


The award is given by the Society Of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators , and Peter shares it with Frane Lessac for A IS FOR AUSTRALIA. Both will receive this prestigious award chosen by their peers; the only award of its kind in children’s books.

The award means that the books received the most votes out of hundreds of submissions.

Blue Whale Blues has playful text coupled with gorgeous illustrations which uses humour with deft aptitude to begin an important conversation about depression. The book is illustrated with a mixture of traditional watercolour and collaged media, and includes a musical recording of Peter’s original composition as accompaniment!

Here is a peek at the art inside.




Congratulations on the Crystal Kite win and on the CBC shortlisting, Peter!

And congratulations in advance to the lucky person who will own Peter’s wonderful mask when the auction ends at midnight on July 31. Make your bid on Peter’s mask page!


-Isobelle Carmody