SVA Alumnus Lauren Castillo Receives Caldecott Honor

February 6, 2015

Alumnus Lauren Castillo (MFA 2005 Illustration as Visual Essay) has received a 2015 Caldecott Honor for her children’s book Nana in the City, which she both wrote and illustrated.

nana200About the book: “In this magical picture book, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary—but wonderful. The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations that capture all the vitality, energy, and beauty of the city.”

Named after 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the Caldecott awards recognize the most distinguished American picture books for children.

In related news, last year’s Caldecott Medal went to SVA alumnus Brian Floca (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay) for his critically-acclaimed children’s book Locomotive.

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