Peter Sis

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award (Contemporary): Peter Sis

Peter Sís is a filmmaker, muralist, magazine illustrator, and the author and illustrator of complex, visually enticing books for children. As Booklist noted, his works “are less picture books than little miracles of design . . . masterful and moving.” They are consistently named to the New York Times Best Illustrated list and have earned him a MacArthur Fellowship, the Sibert Medal, and both a Gold and Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators. He has created pictures for everything from board books to poetry to fantasy, and three books he wrote as well as illustrated have received Caldecott Honor awards: Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei; Tibet Through the Red Box; and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (all Farrar Straus Giroux). He is also the 2012 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, given to an artist whose complete works are judged to have made lasting contributions to children’s literature.