Picture Book Academy!

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There is a terrific event coming up for picture book people: the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Picture Book Academy. You’ll learn how to make your picture book the best it can be from a top-notch faculty of author/illustrators and industry professionals. They’ll offer a look at the basics as well as the nitty gritty down-low details of what an editor looks for and what an art director wants to see.

This conference is being held Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9 am – 5 pm at the Best Western Conference Center, 451 WMC Drive, Westminster, MD. The tuition is very reasonable and includes lunch. Critiques and accommodations are available. For more information, please visit our region’s website. Registration is open online now!

Here is a peek at the wonderful faculty:

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Henry Cole

Henry Cole

Henry Cole is a well-known author and illustrator of children’s books. He most often uses a cartoon-like style with vivid colors and primarily works in acrylics and colored pencils. He has illustrated several books for author Pamela Duncan Edwards; before Cole was an illustrator, he taught science at Langley Elementary School in Virginia, and Edwards was the librarian at his school. Their first book, Some Smug Slug, was published in 1996. They have since published over 20 books together. Cole has also collaborated with other authors as well as celebrities such as Julie Andrews and Harvey Fierstein, and has written and illustrated his own books. In an interview with Harper Collins, Cole stated “Your own book is your own baby. I think it’s more fulfilling to both write and illustrate a book. However, it can be more fun and stimulating to collaborate with another person and create something jointly”. His most recent book is Spot, the Cat.


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Joyce Hesselberth

Joyce Hesselberth

Joyce Hesselberth’s illustrations have appeared in national ad campaigns, theater productions, and numerous major newspapers and magazines. She also writes and illustrates children’s books, such as the award-winning Shape Shift, and has published two educational apps, PrestoBingo Shapes and PrestoBingo Colors which are available on the Mac App Store. Her work has been recognized by American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, and the Art Directors’ Club of New York among others. She and her husband David Plunkert co-founded Spur Design in 1995. Spur Design is located in a renovated factory building in Baltimore, MD. Joyce also teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art.



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AR-151029928.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667Jonathan Bean is an author/illustrator who lives in Harrisburg, PA. He has many award-winning picture books under his belt, including Building Our House, and This Is My Home, This Is My School, both of which are autobiographical. Bean’s first authored picture book,  At Night won the prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award for writing. His illustrations for The Apple Pie that Papa Baked won the Ezra Jack Keats Award for new talent and Publishers Weekly named him a newcomer to watch. He is also the creator of his 2013 title, Big Snow.


Dianne Hess, Scholastic



Dianne Hess is Executive Editor at Scholastic Press where she publishes a variety of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction. She was the editor of the 2015 Sydney Taylor Award-winner, My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock.



Cjys2ADUYAAefbbMarijka Kostiw is an art director at Scholastic Inc. She joined the Trade Book Group in 1991 and has both designed and art directed an enormous list of hardcover picture books, illustrated chapter books, and readers. The secret to loving her job is working with some very talented illustrators and authors. Most recently she is specializing in picture books for several imprints: Orchard Books, Scholastic Press, and Arthur A. Levine Books, where she works in collaboration with terrific editors and other dedicated professionals. Many of these books have been on best-selling lists, and have received various distinctions and awards too numerous to mention.

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