Award-winning illustration for children's publishing, and the editorial and advertising industries.
Unique and creative designs for manufactured products and the social expression industry.
Creative content and character development for television and film, specializing in the kids’ space.

Lori Nowickilori

Painted Words’ founder, Lori Nowicki, holds a Master’s Degree in Education and worked extensively as a teacher and specialist in public schools for ten years prior to starting her agency. She has brought her background in education to the field of publishing—representing illustrators since 1992.

Lori is currently seeking chapter books, graphic novels, unique, offbeat picture books, and biographies told with a fresh approach. She is looking for authors who are interested in collaborating with our illustrators on new projects.

 

 

SSP_3219-2Claire Easton

Claire Easton began her publishing career at Painted Words in 2012 as an assistant, and worked her way up to Agent. She represents picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels, with picture books being her sweet spot. For picture books, she looks for stories with humor and heart, relatable characters, unpredictable endings, and books that reflect the diversity of children’s experiences. Stories that inspire compassion, curiosity, and a fresh way of looking at the world are always welcome. She is also seeking commercial non-fiction about unusual or lesser known subjects in history and science. For middle grade, she especially likes contemporary realistic books written in a unique voice. Claire lives in New York City and is the member of a writing group and too many book clubs.

 

 

Shadra Strickland

Shadra Strickland has been a part of the Painted Words family since 2008 as an award-winning illustrator and author. She is stepping up as an agent-at-large to help develop and represent new talent within the industry. Shadra is interested in humorous character driven picture books; graphic novels and picture books that highlight unique cultural experiences; lyrical texts; and unique illustration styles. Shadra also enjoys helping illustrators find their writing voice. She teaches Book Illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art and online at Craftsy.com

 

Award Winners/Best Sellers

Coretta Scott King Award
2014 Illustrator Honor – Frank Morrison, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
2009 John Steptoe Award for New Talent – Shadra Strickland, Bird
2005 John Steptoe Award for New Talent – Frank Morrison, Jazzy Miz Mozetta

Caledecott Honor
2014 Molly Idle, Flora and the Flamingo

Ezra Jack Keats Award
2014 New Illustrator Honor – K.G. Campbell, Tea Party Rules
2013 New Illustrator Honor – K.G. Campbell, Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters
2009 New Illustrator Award – Shadra Strickland, Bird

SCBWI Golden Kite Award
2013 Best Picture Book Illustration – K.G. Campbell, Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters

New  York Times Bestseller List
Take Heart My Child – illustrated by Jaime Kim
Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog – illustrated by Gene Barretta
The Care and Keeping of You, Books 1 & 2 – illustrated by Josee Masse

Emmy Nomination for Executive Producer
2009 Handy Manny, Marilyn Sadler

NAACP Image Award
Our Children Can Soar, illustrations by Shadra Strickland and Frank Morrison
(nominated) The Youngest Marcher, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
(nominated) Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, illustrated by Frank Morrison
(nominated) White Water, illustrated by Shadra Strickland
(nominated) Eliza’s Freedom Road, illustrated by Shadra Strickland
(nominated) Little Melba and her Big Trombone, illustrated by Frank Morrison

CCBC Charlotte Zolotow Award
2015 The Hula Hoopin’ Queen, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Jane Addams Peace Award
(Honor) 2014 We Shall Overcome, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Governor General’s Award
2013 Le monde fabuleux de Monsieur Fred, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard
2012 La clé à molette, Elise Gravel

CCBC Choice
2017 The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, illustrated by Frank Morrison
2017 The Opposite Zoo by Il Sung Na
2017 Don’t Call Me Grandma, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
2016 My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
2016 One Plastic Bag, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
2016 Poems in the Attic, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
2015 Lend a Hand, illustrated by London Ladd
2015 Little Melba and her Big Trombone, illustrated by Frank Morrison
2015 Flora and the Penguin, by Molly Idle
2015 The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen, illustrated Vanessa Brantley Newton
2015 The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires
2013 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
2015 What Ship is Not a Ship?, illustrated by Josee Masse
2015 Not My Girl, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Bank Street College Best Books of the Year
2017 Mouse Scouts: Camp Out by Sarah Dillard
2017 Who Wants a Tortoise? by Dave Keane and illustrated by K.G. Campbell
2017 Echo Echo, illustrated by Josée Masse
2017 The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, illustrated by Frank Morrison
2017 Spare Dog Parts, illustrated by Ashley Spires
2017 Fluffy Strikes Back by Ashley Spires
2016 Don’t Call Me Grandma, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
2016 Frederick’s Journey, illustrated by London Ladd
2016 Sunday Shopping, illustrated by Shadra Strickland
2016 My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
2016 Welcome Home, Bear by Il Sung Na
2016 One Plastic Bag, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
2016 Poems in the Attic, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
2015 The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
2015 Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
2015 I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison
2015 Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, illustrated by Frank Morrison
2013 A President from Hawai’i, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
2013 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
2013 We Shall Overcome, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
2013 Every Little Thing, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
2013 Now & Ben, illus. by Gene Baretta
2013 Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta
2013 Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra by Stephen Costanza
2013 Red, White, and Boom! by Huy Voun Lee

Applied Arts Award
2015 Lucie Crovatto
2011 Lucie Crovatto
2004 Elise Gravel
2002 Elise Gravel
2002 Michael Slack (Digital Category)

TIME Magazine’s Top 10 Children’s Books
2007 Motherbridge of Love by Josee Masse

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
2017 Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes, illustrated by Sue Cornelison
2017 Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere by Elise Gravel
2017 Lucía the Luchadora, illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez
2017 Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, illustrated by Frank Morrison
2017 The Youngest Marcher, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
2017 The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
2014 The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
2014 Under the Freedom Tree, illustrated by London Ladd
2014 I Got the Rhythm, written by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illus. by Frank Morrison
2011 Mirror, Mirror, illustrated by Josee Masse
2012 Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes, illustrated by Steve Mack
2009 The City Kid and the Suburb Kid, illustrated by Linda Bleck

WSRA Picture This! List
2015 Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
2015 The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
2015 The Fly by Elise Gravel
2015 The Worm by Elise Gravel
2015 The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

NAPPA Gold Award
2015 Sunny Day Pond, illustrated Betsy Snyder (Game category)
2014 Alice in Dallas written by Marilyn Sadler
2010 Perfectly Arugula by Sarah Dillard

SLJ African-American Experience Children’s Literary Reference Guide (2010-2015)
My Hands Sing the Blues, illustrated Elizabeth Zunon
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, illustrated Elizabeth Zunon
We Shall Overcome, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
One Love, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Every Little Thing, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Ballerina Dreams, illustrated by Frank Morrison
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-up, illustrated by Frank Morrison
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-up, illustrated by Frank Morrison
I Got the Rhythm, by Connie Shofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, illustrated by Frank Morrison

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award
2015 Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, illus. by Frank Morrison

CSMCL Best Multicultural Books
2015 Not My Girl, illus. Gabrielle Grimard
2015 Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, illus. by Frank Morrison

Kirkus Best Children Books
2014 The Mermaid and the Shoe by KG Campbell
2012 Hide & Seek by Il Sung Na
2011 Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
2017 Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Nelson Maurer, illus. by Mircea Catusanu
2017 If You Were the Moon, illustrated by Jaime Kim
2017 Thunder Underground, illustrated by Josée Masse
2017 Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere by Elise Gravel
2016 Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta
2016 Echo Echo, illustrated by Josée Masse

NPR Best Books of the Year
2017 Lucía the Luchadora, illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez
2017 Bird, Balloon, Bear by Il Sung Na
2016 The Opposite Zoo by Il Sung Na
2016 Don’t Call Me Grandma, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

 

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