Monthly Archives: January 2014

2014 Caldecott Medal for outstanding illustrated picture book goes to…


LocomotiveBrian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner  for illustrating the most distinguished American picture book for children: “Locomotive,” The book was written by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Read more…


Winner of the 1014 Tomie dePaola Award is Announced.


Congratulations AKIKO White! I love your “cake” illustration of an elephant sneezing. The small mouse stopping the sneeze is perfection! See the SCBWI website for all the winners.

I also think it is fun to visit the Unofficial Gallery with ALL the entries. You can even leave comments and suggestion for each illustrator. What a wonderful addition to the competition. I think it helps us all for next year. Thanks to Diandra Mae.

I made quite a few tactical mistakes with my illustration. 1. I choose an elephant (far too many)  2. I choose to have “stuff” coming out of his nose (a no, no in flu season). 3. I didn’t take enough of a risk with my subject and media.

I learn a lot from all these competitions, it really helps to see all of the entries, not just the winners. There were many VERY wonderful illustrations that did not win or place. I want to spend some time to leave comments on my favorite entries.

Once Upon a Sketch is BAACK!!!!


Logoonblue_OUASNorm Glock and Wilson Williams Jr had a wonderfully successful blog. I loved reading their posts, product reviews and artists interviews. Unexpectedly last August Wilson Williams Jr passed away. Norm wasn’t sure what he was going to do with the blog. There was a break in the usual twice a week postings. No one wanted to see the wonderful blog stop. Norm has now found a talented group of children’s book illustrators to help him continue to bring interesting information to the blogs readers. Donald Wu, Jennifer Zivoin, Mary Reeves Uhles, Jannie Ho, Chris Jones, Kevin Cross have joined up. The first blog of the new year is a good start.

Once Upon a Sketch  newest blog: What We wish We Knew Before We Started Out as Artists.