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For as long as she can remember, Josée Masse has been drawing. She studied graphic arts in Montreal and worked as a graphic designer for 3 years before beginning her career as an illustrator. Josée’s strong sense of concept and design shows itself in her artwork. She loves illustrating books for children and enjoys the challenge of solving problems for her clients who have difficult concepts to convey.
Born in Paris and raised in Morocco, Barroux has an instinctive passion for travel and exploring other cultures. It’s no surprise that he approaches each new book he is illustrating as if it’s the beginning of an adventure. Barroux strives to create unusual artwork, and when creating picture book art, he always tries to surprise the little kid that is inside of him. He studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture in France at the famous École Estienne and École Boule, and his mastery of these other mediums influences his illustration. He began illustrating by creating linocut images, and continues to try out various techniques in his work – from collages with antique papers, to oil pastels, to interesting color palettes. Despite all of the countries and far-away lands he’s explored, Barroux still believes that life in books is more extraordinary, where dogs can fly and trees are blue.
Vanessa B Newton
Vanessa Brantley Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter. Her passion for children’s books began when she came across Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s. Snowy Day marked one of the first representations of black children in picture books, and seeing a character that looked like her and lived in a neighborhood like her own was a turning point in Vanessa’s life. Vanessa celebrates self-love and acceptance of all cultures through her work, and hopes to inspire young readers as Keats did for her and a generation of children. Growing up in a musical family who loved to sing, Vanessa’s illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody. Her style is influenced by retro art and fashion from the 50s and 60s. She is the author and illustrator of Let Freedom Sing and Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table, and has illustrated numerous children’s books including One Love & Every Little Thing, words by Bob & Cedella Marley, and Presenting Tallulah written by Tori Spelling. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.
Tim Beaumont is a self-taught illustrator whose passion for art started at a very young age. For his third birthday, his grandparents gave him an anthology of children’s stories edited by Ellen Lewis Buell, which inspired a lifelong passion for illustration. When illustrating, he tries to capture the same sense of joy and wonder he experienced upon reading those stories. Combining traditional and digital techniques, he produces a style marked by smooth, rounded shapes, a large helping of magical color and a dash of inspiration. His work has been commissioned by companies such as Scholastic and Oxford University Press, and his vibrant character designs and illustrations have appeared in Highlights High Five and Clubhouse Jr. One of Tim’s original concepts was shortlisted by Warner Bros. Animation for consideration with regard to an animated TV series. He is the author-illustrator of the interactive picture book, Dino Express, from Running Press. Tim lives in West Yorkshire, England.
Keith G. Campbell was born in Kenya, but raised and educated in Scotland. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. After trying on several careers, Keith eventually returned to his early passion of writing and illustrating stories. He is the author/ illustrator of Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters,which earned him an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor and a Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book Illustration. He is now a full-time author/illustrator and lives in California.
Growing up in New Jersey, Frank Morrison began developing his own style through ‘R.I.P’ art scenes that brought him considerable street recognition and local acclaim. But it wasn’t until he visited the Louvre Museum in Paris with his dancing group, that he realized painting was his true creative path. His talent and hard work paid off with over 20 illustrated children’s books, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe award winner, Jazzy Miz Mozetta and his beautiful illustrations for Queen Latifah’s Queen of the Scene.
Eric Barclay is an illustrator, designer, and the author of I Can See Just Fine (Abrams Appleseed) and Hiding Phil (Scholastic). Eric has always been interested in art, and took oil painting classes from the time he was 12 to when he was a senior in high school. From there he went on to study journalism and graphic design at University of Texas at Arlington. Classic cartoons, modern art, mid-century design and everyday mishaps heavily influence his style. He has illustrated for American Express, American Greetings, Abrams Appleseed, Disneyland Paris, Hallmark, Highlights Magazine, Mudpuppy, Papyrus, Toys R Us, and many others. Eric lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, two beautiful young daughters, a dog and two cats.
Betsy Snyder is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, most recently earning a place in the Society of Illustrator’s The Original Art 2012 exhibition. Her book, I Haiku You, was selected as a “New Classic” by Scholastic Parent & Child. Betsy loves to create smile-inspiring art for kids and the young at heart—you can see her colorful collages and cute images on all kinds of things, from children’s books to board games to stickers to greeting cards. Betsy lives in near Cleveland, Ohio, where she shares a studio with her graphic-designer husband.
Mark Rogalski studied illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was born and raised. After completing his studies he worked as an editorial cartoonist, a scenery designer, a comic book artist, a screen printer and a graphic designer before writing and illustrating children’s books. His work has fantastical elements and themes that are influenced by the wonders of childhood, science fiction, mechanical inventions and journeys of the imagination. He also incorporates elements of puzzles, games and interaction into his books. Dream Machines includes a dust jacket that unfolds into an elaborate board game that allows readers to live the fantastical journey of the book themselves. Tickets to Ride includes the image of a clever duck hidden within the pages and waiting to be discovered again and again. And ROBOX is a kit which includes a book about a hungry robot as well as materials that allows readers to build their very own Robox. His work has been honored by The International Reading Association and Communication Arts Magazine and has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Mark lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.
Born in Montreal, Steve Adams finished his studies in graphic design in 1994. He then traveled to Europe for an advanced training course in design.
Cathi Mingus is an illustrator born and raised in sunny Southern California. After taking a detour in her early years to work as a hairstylist, she followed her heart and pursued her passion of becoming an artist. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, Cathi enrolled in Art Center College of Design, CA and received a degree in illustration. For the past 15 years Cathi has created stylish and expressive characters with an emphasis on the tween marketplace. She has a special love of all things girly. Her illustrations have appeared in numerous books, magazines and on gift products. In her free time Cathi loves interior design, Boston Terriers and a good cup of tea.
Jill Dubin grew up in Yonkers, NY and received her BFA from Pratt Institute. She has illustrated over 30 children’s books for a range of publishers. Jill works extensively with cut paper collages, enhanced with pastels and colored pencil. She collects paper and fabrics from various sources, and enjoys crafting paper houses and ornamental birdhouses and mobiles in her spare time. Asian art and textiles inspire the strong sense of color and pattern that she uses in her illustrations. Her picture book Over in the Arctic, published by Dawn Publications, was honored with a Mom’s Choice Gold Award in 2009
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, illustrated by London Ladd
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Receives Two More Starred Reviews!
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makes Scholastic Parent & Child’s List “We the People!”
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