SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Announcing Winners of the First Annual Tomie dePaola Professional Development Award

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Tomie dePaola Professional Development Award!

Thank you to everyone who submitted, and a very special thank you to the judges, who poured over close to 100 submissions. They were amazed and delighted by the high quality of work, and picking the two winners was a very difficult decision. Everyone at SCBWI is so excited to award these two deserving children’s book creators, and to begin the tradition of this new award, honoring the late Tomie dePaola, one of SCBWI’s most beloved members and Board of Advisors members, and one of the most revered members of the children’s book industry.

The winners are:

 

 

Lynnor Bontigao

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.www.lynnorbontigao.com/

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Daniel Gray-Barnett

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https://www.danielgraybarnett.com/

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From the judges of the Tomie dePaola Professional Developmental Award:

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I was so very impressed with all of the submissions. It was a joy to look through the truly fantastic books and website illustration galleries, which show so many unique and creative characters and stories. And reading each illustrators’ statement was often humbling. Creating time and space to grow one’s illustration career can be challenging at any time, but today, it can be even more daunting. The honesty and creativity of many of the statements showed that extra innovative purpose that makes our illustration community shine. The two winners had outstanding submissions in all aspects of the criteria. I am thrilled that, with this award, we can continue Tomie dePaola’s dedication to encouraging and inspiring fellow artists to succeed. —Laurent Linn

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As a participating judge in the first annual, Tomie dePaola: Professional Developmental Award, came feelings of both exhilaration and a great sense of responsibility. There were artwork reviews, statements read, websites checked, and discussions had. Quickly what became clear to all of us involved was how impressed we were at the amazing number of up-and-coming, inspiring, children’s book illustrators moving into their own. It was a review that spanned artists from all over the world. I’m so proud of all the talented SCBWI creatives who participated in this special and moving award. —John Parra 

We all share Tomie’s passion for picture books, and this award is committed to making sure that this important part of publishing continues to thrive. The submissions confirm that the future of picture books is in very good hands. The standards were high, the range of voices were wide and I sense an exhilarating energy. I was quite impressed by the robust representation of international illustrators, proving once again that SCBWI has become a gathering place for this global community. I am truly excited to see more books from these extremely talented illustrators. 

Cecilia Yung

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