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Paola Zakimi

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Paola Zakimi spent all of her childhood and part of her youth in cold Patagonia, Argentina. Her independent nature led her to Buenos Aires where she studied Arts and Graphic Design. She lived in Buenos Aires, Palermo until 2007 prompting her to move to Villa Giardino, Cordoba, where she now resides. Paola Zakimi specializes in art dolls, painting, drawings, and illustration.

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Agent: Emily Van Beek
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Cybele Young

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Cybèle Young is a renowned artist and author, whose work is exhibited and collected internationally. She spends her days creating miniature worlds from fine Japanese papers. Engaging with abstract and familiar motifs, she juxtaposes sculptures to create a sense of dialogue or play between them. Her intricate sculptural artworks are inspired by seemingly insignificant day-to-day experiences, where objects imply human interactions and small observations become fantastic.

Since graduating from sculpture and printmaking at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1995,  Cybèle has been showing her work in galleries around the world, such as New York, LA, Miami, London, Stockholm, Japan, Singapore, Korea and across Canada. Cybèle has received critical acclaim in such publications as Art in America, The New York Times, NYLON, Wallpaper, Canadian Art Magazine, Globe and Mail, Elle, Toronto Star, NOW and MacLeans. Her work has also been featured online in such publications as Buzzfeed, Colossal, and Jocundist. Her work resides in major collections around the world – including OMERS, Ernst and Young, BMO, Gryphon, Canadian Foreign Affairs and the Canada Council Art Bank – and in the private homes of collectors such as Ben Stiller, Noah Baumbach, Christian Louboutin and George Soros.

She works in a diverse range of mediums, but always at the root is a close connection to the hand, to paper and to the drawn line. Cybèle has both written and illustrated 8 picture books to date. Her books garner starred reviews and numerous awards. Most notably, she won the Governor General’s Award for for her book ‘Ten Birds’ in 2011.

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Mike Wu

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Mike Wu was accepted into the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. He was then recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios where he worked for the next six years on such films as Hercules, Tarzan, Atlantis, and Mulan. Shortly thereafter, Mike followed his childhood dream of working for the studio that created Luxo Jr. He started at Pixar Animation Studios where he animated on the Oscar-winning The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, the Oscar-winning Toy Story 3, and Brave. In addition to his animation, Mike is the author and illustrator of Ellie and its sequel, Ellie in Concert and he is the illustrator of Adele Griffin’s chapter book series, The Oodlethunks. Mike is also the proud owner/designer of a children’s clothing line Tiny Teru.


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Sarah Jane Wright

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Sarah Jane is a popular children’s illustrator and designer. She began her illustration career by creating Sarah Jane Studios where she designs decor, fabric, and play things with her signature whimsical, fresh yet classic style. Her books include the upcoming Lola Dutch Is a Little Bit Much co-authored by her husband, Kenneth Wright, I Heart You by Meg Flemming, The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea: The Story of Annaliese Easterling & Throckmorton, Her Simply Remarkable Sock Monkey by Eileen Beha, among others.

Her clients include Ralph Lauren, Michael Miller Fabrics, Making Memories and others. She blogs and shares her illustrations, creative projects and activities for children at www.sarahjanestudios.com. Her adoration and love for the world of all things children extends into her charming home life with her husband and four small children in the hills of the Rocky Mountains in Utah.

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Lindsay Ward

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Lindsay Ward is the acclaimed author and illustrator of Rosco Vs. the Baby, The Importance of Being Three, Henry Finds His WordPlease Bring Balloons, and When Blue Met Egg. Lindsay was born and raised in California and received her B.F.A. from Syracuse University. She loves to bake, collect vintage paper, and read lots and lots of books. When she’s not making picture books, she can be found designing stationery and wedding invitations for her company Borrowed & Blue Invitations.

You can find more information on Lindsay Ward here.


Agent: Emily Van Beek
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Gabi Swiatkowska

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Gabi Swiatkowska received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for her work on My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits (FSG). She went on to illustrate many more stories about Yoon, and many other beautiful books for children. Gabi was born in Poland where she studied at the prestigious Liceum of Art. She also attended Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. She now lives in France with her husband and daughter.

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Philip C. Stead

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Philip C. Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning and New York Times bestselling A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. Philip is also the author and illustrator of Samson in the Snow, Ideas Are All Around, Sebastian and the BalloonHello, My Name is RubyA Home for Bird, Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, and Creamed Tuna Fish & Peas on Toast. He is also the author of Special Delivery illustrated by Matthew Cordell.

You can find more information on Philip C. Stead here.


Agent: Emily Van Beek
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Erin E. Stead

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Erin E. Stead is the Caldecott Medal winning and New York Times bestselling illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee as well as the New York Times bestselling Bear Has a Story To Tell by Philip C. Stead, Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead, the New York Times bestselling and Boston Globe-Horn Book honor-winning and then it’s spring written by Julie Fogliano, the New York Times bestselling if you want to see a whale also by Julia Fogliano, and The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas.

You can find more information on Erin E. Stead here.


Agent: Emily Van Beek
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David Spencer

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David Spencer is an illustrator and designer with a background in licensing, product design and print media. In his spare time he gets overexcited at movies with big robots, loves drawing monsters, guys in capes and other silly things. He has a undying affinity for anything that lets him be loud in social settings and when he isn’t drawing fun stuff he can be found helping his kids get into adventure wherever it may rear its head.

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Sydney Smith

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Sydney Smith is the illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, and Look-Out for the Fitzgerald Trouts by Esta Spalding, among others. Sydney was born in Nova Scotia and has an Interdisciplinary BFA from NSCAD University. Children’s illustration has always been his full time passion but sometimes you can find his work in magazines, on festival posters or on album covers. Sydney also plays a little banjo, stands on his hands, and can ride his bike really fast.

You can find more information on Sydney Smith here.


Agent: Emily Van Beek
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