MELISSA SWEET, CHAIR LAURA VACCARO SEEGER, ASSISTANT CHAIR
LIZ BICKNELL is Executive Editorial Director at Candlewick Press, where she has worked for twenty years. She edits picture books, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Several of her picture books have been awarded Caldecott Honors, including Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen; Voice of Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes; and Du Iz Tak?, written and illustrated by Carson Ellis. She also edited Jon Klassen’s Caldecott Medal-winning This Is Not My Hat. Other artists she has worked with include Isabelle Arsenault, Lauren Castillo, Lauren Child, James Ransome, Chris Raschka, Melissa Sweet, and Eugene Yelchin. Visit: Candlewick.com.
LIZI BOYD is an artist and the author/illustrator of many beloved books for young children. Four popular titles feature a charming frog family: I Love Mommy, I Love Daddy, I Love Grandma, I Love Grandpa (Candlewick). Inside Outside, a wordless book with whimsical die-cuts, explores stories through seasons. Big Bear Little Chair was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. And Flashlight received the internationally prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award. (All published by Chronicle.) In June, Random House will release A Name for Baby, and in November, Chronicle will publish Night Play. Her website is: liziboyd.com.
DANIEL MINTER is a painter and sculptor and the illustrator of eleven books for children. His award winning titles include Ellen's Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), which won a Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor; Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medaris, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award (Albert Whitman); and The Riches of Oseola McCarty by Evelyn Coleman, named a Carter G. Woodson Honor Book (Albert Whitman). His latest offering, So Tall Within: Sojourner’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt (Roaring Brook), will be published in September. His website is danielminter.net.
SUSAN L. ROTH uses cut and torn paper to create her signature collage illustrations. She has illustrated over fifty children’s books, most of which she also wrote—including the bestselling My Love for You books (Dial)—and her work has been consistently named to Notable Book and Best Book lists. Parrots over Puerto Rico won a Sibert Medal and an Américas Award and was an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and The Mangrove Tree won a Jane Addams Award and was also an Orbis Pictus Honor Book. Both were co-written with Cindy Trumbore and published by Lee and Low. Her website is susanlroth.com.
YUKO SHIMIZU is an instructor at New York’s School of Visual Arts and the award-winning creator of art for advertising and magazines. Her illustrations for Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss (Abrams) received multiple awards, including the Dilys Evans Founders Award and a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators as well as the Young Reader’s Award from the Museum of Tolerance. She has also created covers and interior art for middle grade novels, including A Crack in the Sea by H. M. Bouwman (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and she is currently working on an illustrated reissue of Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales (Beehive Books). Her website is: yukoart.com.
MATT TAVARES created his first picture book as his senior thesis project in college. It eventually became Zachary’s Ball (Candlewick), received a Massachusetts Book Award Honor, and was named one of Yankee Magazine’s 40 Classic New England Children’s Books. Since then, he has illustrated eighteen more books, half of which he also wrote. Three titles received Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, two were named ALA Notable Books, one was an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and ten were selected for The Original Art exhibits. The most recent book he wrote and illustrated is Red & Lulu (Candlewick). His website is tavaresbooks.com.
ISABEL WARREN-LYNCH began her publishing career at E. P. Dutton, where she had the pleasure of walking by the original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animals every day. She went on to be the Art Director at Grosset & Dunlap and then moved to Random House Children’s Books, where she currently serves as Executive Art Director. Throughout the years, Isabel has worked with a roster of incredibly talented editors and authors as well as acclaimed and award-winning illustrators, including Marc Brown, Leo and Diane Dillon, Mary GrandPré, Kevin Hawkes, R. J. Palacio, John Jude Palencar, Faith Ringgold, and Melissa Sweet. Visit: rhcbooks.com.
DILYS EVANS FOUNDER'S AWARD JURY
PAT CUMMINGS, CHAIR PATRICK COLLINS, Creative Director of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers GILBERT FORD, Illustrator NAOKO STOOP, Illustrator