Winner of the 1014 Tomie dePaola Award is Announced.

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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.

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About Dayne Sislen, Children's Book Illustrator

I am a children's book illustrator and graphic designer. I love working with self-publishing children's book authors to help them bring their characters and scenes to life on the printed page. I have spent over 30 years in the design graphics, advertising and marketing business, working with some of the most creative people in the industry. I can take your story idea from character development to finished illustrations and printer ready files. I run on coffee, chocolate and colorful Post-it notes.

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