The Original Art 2017 Jury



MEGAN MONTAGUE CASH is an illustrator and designer whose work spans the worlds of books and magazines, toys and games, museum and store exhibits, and on-air and online entertainment—all focused children. Her picture book, What Makes the Seasons? (Viking), is a staple of elementary school curricula and was the basis of an exhibit at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake City. And she is the creator, with Mark Newgarden, of the Bow-Wow series, the first of which, Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), was awarded the gold medal for The Original Art 2007 among other honors. Her website is:

CATIA CHIEN is a painter and children’s book artist. The first book she illustrated, The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater, won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. She followed it with A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz, an ALA notable book and winner of the Schneider Family Book Award. (Both HMH.) She illustrated four animated children’s e-books with Ogilvy & Mather called Poems from the Womb. And most recently she created pictures for Things to Do by Elaine Magliaro (Chronicle) and The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas, due in Spring 2018 (HMH). Her website is:

SHANE W. EVANS Shane W. Evans has created pictures for over thirty books for children, choosing an illustration style to suit each one, and his work has received many awards and honors. We March, which he wrote as well as illustrated, was a Jane Addams Honor Book. Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom, which he also wrote and illustrated, won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. (Both Neal Porter/Roaring Brook.) Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter collected and edited by Alan Govenar (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion) was a Boston Globe – Horn Book Honor Book and an Orbis Pictus Honor Book. His website is:

ABBY HANLON was inspired by her work as a first grade teacher to write and illustrate Ralph Tells a Story (Two Lions), her debut picture book. She followed it with the popular Dory books (Dial). The first, Dory Fantasmagory, was an ALA Notable Book, a Kirkus, PW, and Parent’s Magazine Best Book, and a Golden Kite Honor Book. The second, Dory and the Real True Friend, won a Cybil Award, and the third, Dory, Dory Black Sheep, was an ALA Notable Book. All three were Junior Literary Guild selections and have been published in many languages. Her website is:

MARIJKA KOSTIW MARIJKA KOSTIW began her design career at Scholastic Inc., working on magazines, audiovisual projects, and textbooks before finding her true love: book design. She is currently Art Director, Associate to the Creative Director, in Scholastic’s Trade Book Group. Books she has art directed and designed for Scholastic Press, Arthur A. Levine Books, and Orchard Books include a Caldecott Honor Book, a Sibert Honor Book, two Newbery Honor Books, and a New York Times Best Illustrated book. Acclaimed artists she has worked with include Kadir Nelson, Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, Tom Lichtenheld, Henry Cole, Edwin Fotheringham, Ana Juan, Jeremy Tankard, and Eugene Yelchin. Visit:

REKA SIMONSEN is an executive editor at Atheneum Books for Young Readers, where she edits all across the age range. Notable illustrators she has worked with include Brian Pinkney, Evan Turk, Frank Morrison, Rafael Lopez, Sean Qualls, Jonathan Bean, Randy Cecil, Frank Dormer, Steve Jenkins, Yuyi Morales, Julie Paschkis, and Elizabeth Zunon. Books she’s edited have received Newbery, Geisel, Coretta Scott King, William Morris, and Walter Dean Myers Honors, Pura Belpré Awards and Honors, and the Christopher Medal. Before joining Atheneum, she was at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Visit:

EVAN TURK is an illustrator and animator. He created three-dimensional collage paintings for two picture books about Ghandi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus: Grandfather Ghandi, which was an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor winner, and its follow-up, Be the Change: A Grandfather Ghandi Story. His author debut, The Storyteller, illustrated in watercolor, crayon, tea, fire, ink, and pencil, received multiple starred reviews, and his most recent book, Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin, was released in September. (All published by Atheneum.) His website is:




G.BRIAN KARAS, Illustrator

CECILIA YUNG, VP and Executive AD of G.P. Putnam's Sons and Nancy Paulsen Books