The Original Art 2016 Jury



Nancy Carpenter is the illustrator of over sixty books for children. Her work reveals a broad range of styles and mediums, from the folk-art paintings of Loud Emily (Simon & Schuster), to the whimsical digital collages of 11 Experiments That Failed (Schwartz & Wade), to the Robert McCloskey inspired outlines and palette of Lucky Ducklings (Orchard Books). Her illustrations have garnered starred reviews and numerous honors, including two Christopher Awards, a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, and a Jane Addams Picture Book Award.

Leo Espinosa is an illustrator and designer and the winner of The Original Art 2015 Dilys Evans Founder’s Award for the second children’s book he illustrated, Jackrabbit McCabe & the Electric Telegraph by Lucy Margaret Rozier (Schwartz & Wade). Publishers Weekly praised the book’s “crisply angular drawings, comic expressiveness, and cinematic framings,” and Kirkus Reviews described the illustrations as “filled with action, energy, and good humor.” His work for adults has been awarded Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators. His website is:

Emily Arnold McCully has written and illustrated over fifty books for children, including Mirette on the High Wire (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), which won a Caldecott Medal. She has also received a Christopher Award and a Jane Addams Award. Her work ranges from picture books to beginning readers to YA biographies, such as Ida M. Tarbell, The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! (Clarion Books). In addition, she has illustrated the work of other authors, including Dare the Wind, by Tracy Fern (Farrar Straus Giroux). Her website is

Grace Lin is both an author and illustrator. Her Newbery Honor book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, was chosen for Al Roker’s Today Show Kid’s Book Club and was a New York Times bestseller. Her first early reader, Ling & Ting, was awarded a Theodor Geisel Honor. Most recently, the cover illustration for her novel When the Sea Turned to Silver was displayed at the White House, where she was recognized as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. Her website is

Roberta Pressel is a senior book designer at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, where she art directs and designs titles for Roaring Brook Press and for Farrar Straus Giroux. Notable illustrators she has worked with include Sophie Blackall, Lita Judge, Scott Magoon, Barbara McClintock, and Jon J Muth. Before joining Macmillan, she was an art director and designer for Hyperion, Random House, and Scholastic. She has also designed calendars, promotional pieces, and audio and video packaging. Visit:

David Saylor is Vice President, Creative Director for Scholastic Inc., where he guides design and art direction for trade book publishing, and founder of the company’s ground-breaking graphic novel imprint, Graphix. He was art director for the American editions of the Harry Potter books and has worked closely with prize-winning illustrators including John J Muth, Kate Beaton, Elisha Cooper, Marie GrandPré, Christopher Myers, Stephen Savage, Brian Selznick, and Maurice Sendak. Prior to joining Scholastic he was an art director for Houghton Mifflin and for HarperCollins. Visit and Visit and

Judith Byron Schachner is the author and illustrator of the New York Times #1 bestselling books starring Skippyjon Jones, a small, exuberant Siamese cat with a wild imagination. The first title in the series won the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award as well as several state awards and was included on the National Education Association’s “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” list. Among her other titles are Dewey Bob and Bits and Pieces (Dial), and Yo, Vikings!, The Grannyman, and Mr. Emerson’s Cook (Dutton). Her website is



BESTY LEWIN, Illustrator

BRIAN PINKNEY, Illustrator

DAVE KAPLAN, V.P., Creative Director, Little, Brown & Co.