Meet the illustrators for Reading Takes You Everywhere!
Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (Putnam, 2015); de la Peña himself took home the 2016 Newbery Medal, awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children for the “most distinguished book for children.”
Christian, based in San Francisco, is also an animator and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios. Find more of his work on Instagram: @theartoffun.
Terri Murphy is a children’s book and media illustrator. She is also the Illinois Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and is a part-time youth librarian. In addition, Terri develops Young Artists Workshops for libraries. It’s safe to say Terri lives in a world of children, art, and books.
Terri illustrates picture books, magazines, children’s music cds, posters, and books for the educational market. She is known for her quirky style and rich color palette.
You can see Terri’s illustrations and learn more about her workshops at http://www.terrimurphyart.com.
Gene Ha is a four time Eisner Award winning artist, best known for his work with Alan Moore on Top 10, as well as Marvel and DC titles such as X-Men, Green Lantern, JLA and Action Comics.
In June 2015, it was announced that Dark Horse Comics had selected for publication Ha’s creator-owned series Mae. A portal fiction story, it depicts sisters Abbie and Mae, recently reunited following Abbie’s disappearance eight years earlier into a fantasy world of monsters, who have followed her back to her world in pursuit.
Gene lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his wife Lisa and their rescue dog Fina and would eat through an IV tube while he drew if it was practical. Find more of Gene’s work at geneha.com.
Alexander Hage is a graphic designer and artist, specializing in print, editorial, identity, and exhibition design. He has worked with the Walker Art Center, IDEO, Equal Exchange, the State of Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis, Georgetown University, Intermedia Arts, the Design Studio for Social Intervention, and Resist, among many other clients in the arts and social justice fields.
Before Alexander graduated college in 2008, he worked in the children’s room of a public library. “I've always appreciated children's books and children's book illustrations, especially,” he said. “That's been a major influence in my work.”
“As a designer, artist, and former library employee--and eternal library patron--creating work for iREAD is a dream project for me,” Alexander said. “The data couldn't be clearer that kids who read become more successful.”
Alexander has held artist residencies in Cambridge, MA and Mexico City, where he lived for six months. He has also been in residence in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Seattle, and Oakland. Alexander is currently based in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, where he grew up, and where he now lives. http://smallmultiples.coop/
Kyle F. Anderson
Kyle Anderson is a story artist and illustrator with a great passion for animation, games, and comics. Originally from Chicago, now based in Los Angeles, Kyle makes it a point to tell a story with every design, to speak to that kid who was told it would be risky to follow his passion.