Meet the illustrators for Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!

  • David Roberts

    Preschool: David Roberts, illustrator of the picture books in Andrea Beaty’s popular and acclaimed The Questioneers series; iREAD will feature art from the title Ada Twist: Scientist (Abrams, 2016). Here, the interpretation of the theme focuses on scientific curiosity.

  • Rafael López

    School-Age: Rafael López, Pura Belpré Award-winning illustrator; iREAD will feature art adapted from his picture book We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands (Scholastic/Orchard, 2018) based on the popular traditional American spiritual. López’s art encourages the exploration, discovery, and appreciation of everything the world has to offer.

  • Alleanna Harris

    Young Adult: Alleanna Harris is an up-and-coming illustrator whose clients include Comcast, Highlights Magazine, and Teach for America and whose first picture book, The Journey of York: The Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Hasan Davis (Capstone, 2019) received praise from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. Her art focuses the iREAD theme on archaeology, geography, and museums.

  • Jingo de la Rosa

    Adult: Jingo de la Rosa is commercial artist and community art educator whose clients include the NBA, the Houston Symphony, the St. Paul Public Library, and Butler University. De la Rosa’s graphic, active, whimsical style interprets the journalistic investigative angle and the research process aspect of the 2020 theme.

  • Terri Murphy

    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

  • Patrick Girouard

    Patrick Girouard is the illustrator of numerous children's books, among them Halloween by Alice K. Flanagan, More or Less a Mess! by Sheila Keenan, and Yikes—Lice! by Donna Caffey. Girouard's illustrations for Halloween were described by School Library Journal reviewer Betsy Barnett as eye catching and effective in enhancing the nonfiction text through the artist's use of "bold colors and black outlines." Carolyn Phelan, writing in Booklist, stated that, "with clean lines and clear colors, the illustrations add to the fun" of More or Less a Mess!, as a young girl attempts to clean up her bedroom by piling all the clutter on top of her bed under the bedspread. Although Yikes—Lice! was described by Phelan as "a book library patrons hope they will never need," the critic added that Girouard puts a whimsical spin on a still-commonplace childhood trauma by portraying head lice as "dressed animals having cookouts (and plenty of little cooties) in a person's hair."

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