The Original Art 2017 Jury




CATIA CHIEN is a painter and children’s book artist. The first book she illustrated, The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater (HMH), won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. She followed it with A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz (HMH), an ALA notable book and winner of the Schneider Family Book Award. She also illustrated four animated children’s e-books with Ogilvy & Mather called Poems from the Womb. Her latest title, Things to Do by Elaine Magliaro (Chronicle), was released in February 2017. Her website is:

SHANE W. EVANS has created pictures for over thirty books for children, choosing an illustration style to suit each one. His work has received a Lee Bennet Hopkins Honor Award, two Jane Adams Honor Awards, two Charlotte Zolotow Honor Awards, A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award, and an Orbis Pictus Honor Award. He has also received two Coretta Scott King Awards, one for The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith (Square Fish) and one for Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom (Neal Porter / Roaring Brook), which he wrote as well as illustrated. 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 began her design career at Scholastic Inc., working on magazines, audiovisual projects, and textbooks, and she is currently Art Director, Associate to the Creative Director, in Scholastic’s Trade Book Group. She has art directed and designed numerous award-winning fiction and nonfiction picture books as well as novels for Scholastic Press, Arthur A. Levine Books, and Orchard Books. Acclaimed artists she has worked with include Selina Alko, Henry Cole, Edwin Fotheringham, Ana Juan, Tom Lichtenheld, Sean Qualls, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen Pham, 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 Jonathan Bean, Randy Cecil, Frank Dormer, Steve Jenkins, Rafael Lopez, Yuyi Morales, Julie Paschkis, Brian Pinkney, Marjorie Priceman, Sean Qualls, Javaka Steptoe, Evan Turk, and Elizabeth Zunon. Books she’s edited have received Newbery, Geisel, Coretta Scott King, 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: 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 next book, Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin, will be 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