Little Moss, Big Tree picture books wins Spark Award Honor from SCBWI
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I am very happy to announce that Little Moss, Big Tree picture book won a Spark Award Honor from SCBWI for Illustrated Book category. The Spark Award is an annual award that recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route. This poignant picture book about natural pen pals touches on friendship and empathy in the face of big life changes.

The book is also a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year finalist.

I want to say thank you to the whole team who have made it possible for my illustrations to grace its pages – our author, M. Yap-Stewart, our wonderful editor, Emily Martin, and our wonderful designer, Eileen Savage. Finally I would like to say thank you to Hire an Illustrator which allowed the author and I to meet. Inquiry for the project came in over two years ago.

The illustrator signed editions are available on my website, and the book is also available at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn, NY, and on Amazon.

“Scenic Hudson protected Storm King Mountain so families could explore its natural beauty. Through its utterly charming words and images, Little Moss, Big Tree introduces young people to the astonishing world awaiting their discovery at places like this, and its exciting story will make them eager to begin their adventures into the great outdoors.” – Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan

Mariya Prytula
Children's Illustrator
Austin, USA

Specializes in picture books, book covers, black and white middle grade interiors, and nature illustration. Water based media is my jam but Procreate is a close second!

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IPPPY Gold, INDIES Foreword Finalist, Spark Award Honor from SCBWI, Moonbeam Award Best Illustrator, NAPPA Award winner, Austin ArtBoards winner, Reader's Choice Illustration Gold …
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Prytula’s painted illustrations are fantastic, rendering realistic, incredibly detailed nature scenes with swirls of color and texture. - Kirkus Review _________ The illustrations in Little Moss, Big Tree are outstanding. Light pastel watercolors fill the page and invite the reader to escape and all the trees, snail, animals, and leaves are illustrated accurately with soft hues of color. __________ You taught me what was possible and expected when working with other artists.You were so patient with me while working through an unfamiliar etiquette. It was a real kindness. - Client feedback
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