Monday, December 07, 2015

Celebrating Books by "my SVA alums" in 2015

End of the year = time for book lists. I'm going to add mine: books published this year by illustrators who have been, at one time or another, in my class at The School of Visual Arts. A fantastic bunch indeed! So proud of everyone: Congratulations!

Selina Alko and Sean Qualls wrote and illustrated: The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage.  Selina and Sean have each done numerous books and this is their debut together.

Debuts are especially exciting and Kristine Lombardi's first picture book was Lovey Bunny.  I did a Q&A with her here

Vanessa Brantley-Newton's new books this year included: My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay and Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist I did a Q&A with her here

Jannie Ho had several books out from Nosy Crow including Pookie Pop Plays Hide-and-Seek  I did a Q&A with her here

Hyewon Yum illustrated The Fun Book of Scary Stuff written by Emily Jenkins

Lisa Anchin's debut picture book was A Penguin named Patience: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story

Melissa Iwai's Good Night Engines from 2003 came out in a new Spanish/English edition. Great to see books staying in print and going strong!

Some people expand in new directions. For teens, Linas Alsenas has written Beyond Clueless. 

For adults, Jennifer Hayden's graphic novel is The Story of My Tits and has just been highlighted by the New York Times here   

Amazing books all! And I'm looking forward to many new books in 2016 by these illustrators and more. Record number of debuts coming up!

I regularly post news from my former students over at twitter: @monicabooks with hashtag: #mySVAalums


Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!! How awesome is this post! How wonderful!
You have taught many great illustrator Monica.
I know I learned a lot sitting in your class and coming to your home.
I am so very grateful to have professors like you in my life.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful gift with us.

Melissa said...

Thanks so much for sharing, Monica! I'm so grateful I met you and had a chance to take your class way back when! :)

monicawellington said...

Such talented artists have been in class over the years and I love keeping touch and seeing your books!

Jennifer Hayden said...

Thanks for the mention, Monica! Graphic novels are a long way from the children's book illustration I studied in your class, but you were there at the beginning of my explorations. And SVA is in my book!

monicawellington said...

So many different directions you have all gone in! There is nothing you can't do!

Unknown said...

Great post, Monica! I loved reading the interviews. You're a terrific teacher, so I'm not surprised so many of your students are being published :)