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 joined Painted Words in 2012 as an Editorial Assistant, and worked her way up to Agent. She is seeking author-illustrated picture books, but also considers the occasional MG and YA book. For picture books, she loves humorous character-driven stories; entertaining non-fiction;  timeless stories that can be enjoyed at any age; and books that empower kids and speak to the diversity of children’s experiences. For MG and YA, she likes strong narrative voices, quirky coming-of-age stories, and books that incorporate graphic or illustrative elements.

 

 

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; poetic 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) 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
2012 La clé à molette, Elise Gravel
2013 Le monde fabuleux de Monsieur Fred, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard

CCBC Choice
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
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 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
2011 Mirror, Mirror, illustrated by Josee Masse
2014 The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen, illustrated 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
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
2014 Alice in Dallas written by Marilyn Sadler
2015 Sunny Day Pond, illustrated Betsy Snyder (Game category)
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

 

 

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