Sometimes you need to judge a book by its cover!

This is a big week for Sylvan Dell. Two Awards go to our acclaimed illustrators!

First, on Friday April 16 Gary Phillips accepted the Pennsylvania Outstanding Illustrator Award at the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Conference. The children’s book illustrator/artist extraordinaire was thrilled, “I absolutely love what I do and feel deeply grateful to everyone who makes it possible” said Phillips.

Phillips illustrated two Sylvan Dell title, “Animals are Sleeping” and “Ocean’s Hide and Seek”. He is currently working on illustrating “Ten for Me” a title that is to be released in the Fall of 2010.

We are also happy to anounce that “Baby Owl’s Rescue” won the Eric Hoffer Award for da Vinci Eye, best cover art. The award recognizes illustrator Laura Jacques for her creativity and realistic depictions of wild animals.

This story is about a brother and sister (Maddie and Max), that find a baby owl while playing baseball one day. Jennifer Keats Curtis uses her story to relate an important message to children. With illustrations by Laura Jacques, the story comes alive and reminds readers that wild animals all around us deserve our caution and respect.

This message is as important for adults as it is for children. There was an article in Science Daily News just a few days ago about how the Exxon Valdez oil spill that happened in 1989 is still affecting wildlife, DECADES LATER. New research published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry reveals that harlequin ducks are having long term effects from the oil spill. Twenty years later, the environment is still suffering from humanity’s tragic mistake. More of the story can be read here- http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100414111018.htm

On a lighter note, we are thrilled with our illustrators. Without them our picture books would be nothing (literally:)! They make our literature beautiful.

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