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Darcy Day Zoells
Children's Book Author & Illustrator
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Illinois Reads Selection
The New Bicycle has been selected for the 2024 Illinois Reads book list by the Illinois Reading Council.
School Library Journal, Day of Dialog, Fall 2024
I am thrilled to be on a panel for this virtual event. It is free and open to all. There is a fabulous line up of speakers, check it out!
Key Colors Workshop
I will be presenting at the Clavis Books picture book workshop and portfolio review at the Society of Illustrators in New York.
A Peek at the Bologna Children's Book Fair
Tues, Sept. 19 at 7:00
Free Virtual Event
I will be talking about my experiences at the Bologna Children's Book Fair!
PW Close Up!
Thrilled to be the subject of this Publisher's Weekly Close up! Thank you, PW!
I attended the Picture Book Workshop at Sophie Blackall's idyllic KidLit retreat, Milkwood. The workshop was led by the fabulous team of Susan Rich and Annie Barrows.
First review of The New Bicycle!
"Beautiful illustrations pair perfectly with simple, succinct text."
The New Bicycle is coming!
My picture book The New Bicycle is coming out on Nov. 7, 2024 and is available for pre order now!
Key Colors Competition
I'm thrilled that two of my books were selected as finalists in this Clavis Publishing competition. Fingers crossed!
Carte Blanche Concert
The second concert with jazz harpist Isabelle Olivier, on July 21, 2022
The Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago chose my design for Hop Swiss, a specialty beer made for their 150th anniversary.
Such an honor to be asked to be the Illustrator in the Spotlight for the upcoming issue of Illinois' Prairie Wind.
Kids Climate Summit
I'm so excited to be mentoring young artists at the Kids Climate Summit 2022. Cannot wait to see what they come up with!
Concert Collaboration: Noted Jazz harpist, Isabelle Olivier + my illustrations! It was a magical concert.
Peter & the Wolf
Listen to Prokofiev's iconic music and story, performed by Jeffrey Panko (piano) and Marianne Parker (narrator) at PianoForte in August 2019. Illustrations by me!
On Exhibition, 2020
This image was chosen for The Children-Spectators exhibit at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, 2020. This year the fair and the exhibitions were virtual due to the pandemic.
Printers Row Lit Fest
I was honored to be on a panel with other debut authors and illustrators at this iconic Chicago event, for "So You Want to Write a Children's Book?" moderated by the wonderful Esther Hershenhorn.
On Exhibition, 2019
This image was chosen for the Children-Spectators exhibit at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, 2019.
This image won the Prairie Writer's and Illustrator's Day judged by Jim Hoover, Assoc. Art Director at VikingChildren's Books and author/illustrator, Kelly Light.
I'm thrilled that WHEN GOD GAVE US WORDS (Flyaway Books, Sept 2018), has received numerous positive reviews and has just been listed as one of 2018's Best Spiritual Books for Children.
Bologna Children's Book Fair
In 2014, I presented a software for illustrators at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
It was a thrill to be a part of this event, which drew contestants from all over the world.
Member of the Society of Illustrators
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