Psst ---wanna see some actual illustrations from this year's crop of picture books? If so, get on over to New York City's Society of Illustrators for "The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration." An annual event started by Dilys Evans thirty years ago, this year's show features the original art from 129 books selected by a jury of illustrators, art directors, and editors out of a pool of 554 entries. Additionally, a gold medal was awarded to Renata Liwska for her illustrations in The Quiet Book while silver medals were given to Carson Ellis for Dillweed's Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic and Dan Santat for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World). Eric Carle and Alice and Martin Provensen were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards and Hyewon Yum received the Founders Award for There Are No Scary Wolves. Here's a taste of some of the work honored, but I recommend seeing the whole exhibit as there is nothing like seeing the actual art. It is spectacular.
Some of the Honorees from this Year's Original Art Exhibit at the Society of Illustrators