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September 2019 Volume 47 Number 1

the realm of imagination

by Mark Beech
“New Seamester”
black India ink and watercolor paint

Based in the United Kingdom, I have had
the pleasure of working as an illustrator for
two decades. (Gosh, that makes me sound
ANCIENT!) My traditional pen-and-ink
style has proven popular in the world of
children’s books, greeting cards, packaging,
and advertising. I work regularly with
publishers such as Penguin Random House,
Simon and Schuster, and Bloomsbury,
and in recent years have reinterpreted the
illustrations of classic children’s books
written by Enid Blyton, Sir Terry Pratchett,
and Anne Fine.

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Anna LenderLonnie Plecha Art Director Editor
Patrick Murray Designer
Carolyn Digby Conahan Staff Artist
Deborah Vetter Senior Contributing Editor
Julie Peterson Copyeditor
Emily Cambias Assistant Editor
Adrienne Matzen Permissions Specialist
Marianne Carus Founder
and Editor-in-Chief from 1972–
Kieran EganSimon Fraser University, Vancouver Professor of Education,
Betsy Hearne Professor, University of
Illinois, Champaign; Critic, Author
Sybille Jagusch Children’s Literature Specialist
Linda Sue Park Author
Katherine Paterson Author
Barbara Scharioth Former Director of the
International Youth Library in Munich, Germany
Anita Silvey Author, Critic
Sandra Stotsky Professor of Education Reform,
University of Arkansas, FayettevilleRoger Sutton Editor-in-Chief of
The Horn Book Magazine, Critic
Ann Thwaite Author, Critic


EducationalGolden Lamp AwardPressAssociationofAmerica
Distinguished Achievement Award

National Magazine Awardf inalist in the category of
General Excellence Parents’ Choice Gold Award

International Reading Association Paul A. Witty Short Story Award
1988–1993, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011–

Smart Media AwardAcademics Choice



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