Artist Conversation: Journey of the Picture Book

convoSunday, Feb 28, 3-5 PM
Estherwood Mansion
The Masters School
49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry


From inception to publication, a conversation with women who create, produce and nurture the journey of a picture book.

A panel including: Carin Berger, Maria Carluccio, Tanya McKinnon, Roxane Orgill, Martha Rago

Moderated by Christina Ha

Admission by Donation. Reserve Tickets Here.



Carin Berger

CarinCarin Berger is a designer, artist, and author who can’t pass up a good piece of ephemera. Her cut-paper collages and dioramas are made with scraps of old books, letters and receipts. In 2006, she received The Original Art Founder’s Award from the Society of Illustrators for her illustrations for Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, and in 2008, The Little Yellow Leaf, which she wrote as well as illustrated, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. She has been awarded the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award and the Best of Show from 3 x 3 Magazine for the Children’s Book Show. This year she served as the Chairperson of the Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators. Her work has been included in numerous shows including “Picturing Poetry” at the Art Institute of Chicago, and will be in an upcoming show, “Wild Reading: Animals in Children’s Book Art” at the Bruce Museum. Her most recent book, Finding Spring, is about the magic of seeking.

You can see her work at:


Maria Carluccio

MariaMaria Carluccio is an accomplished author/illustrator who is best known for her striking children’s books and home decor/gift products. Maria has received multiple awards for her work from the New York Society of Illustrators and 3×3 Magazine. In 2013 she received the bronze award from 3×3 Magazine for her picture book art. Her latest children’s book, D is for Dress Up will be released by Chronicle Books this April. Maria licenses her work to such companies as Land of Nod, Target, Papyrus, and TeNeues publishing. She has exhibited her artwork internationally and several of her paintings are part of the American Greeting permanent collection in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I try to create images and narratives that inspire. Sometimes these are messages of hope and sometimes they are simply reflections of ideas or themes that resonate with my own personal experiences. Whether it’s a personal painting or an image for a children’s book, I want to infuse my work with the same playfulness and curiosity by which I see the world.”

To see more of her work visit:



Tanya McKinnon

TanyaTanya McKinnon is the co-founder of the McKinnon McIntyre Literary Agency where she represents award-winning public intellectuals, award-winning children’s books, and New York Times bestselling graphic novels. In addition to agenting, she is also a children’s author. Her novel, Zora and Me, co-written with Victoria Bond, won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent and was nominated for an Edgar Award in the category of Juvenile Fiction. Zora and Me was also a Junior Library Guild Selection, ABC New Voices Selection, SIBA Okra Award Winner, Fall Indie Next Top Ten Pick, Kirkus Best of 2010 Children’s Books, Booklist 2010 Editor’s Choice, The New York Public Library 2010 list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, and the Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. She is also the co-author with her husband, Richard Simon, of Oskar And The Eight Blessings, named a 2015 best children’s book by the Miami Herald, a Jewish Telegraph Agency’s 5 Best Books for Hanukkah in 2015, a Junior Library Guild 2015 picture book selection, and the 2015 winner of the National Jewish Book Award for children’s literature. Tanya McKinnon also holds an M.A. in cultural anthropology and is an adjunct lecturer at the City University of New York Publishing Certificate Program where she teaches a course on children’s book publishing.

“Growing up all over–Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the US–I found my home in books where writers confront the chaos of reality and distill it into narratives that leave us wiser and more human for having read them. The books I represent embody this ethos.”


Roxanne Orgill

RoxanneRoxanne Orgill is an award winning writer of nonfiction books for children and adults. Her recent biographies Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald, illustrated by Sean Qualls, and Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astiare illustrated by Stephanie Jorisch, earned starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

She began writing for children in 1997 with If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong , a picture book illustrated by Leonard Jenkins. More biographies both single and collective followed: gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and Shout, Sister, Shout! Ten Girl Singers Who Shaped a Century.

Previously. Ms. Orgill was a music critic at The Milwaukee Journal and The Bergen County Record where she received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. She holds degrees from University of Illinois and The University of London King’s College. She lives in Dobbs Ferry NY with her husband and son.


Martha Rago

MarthaNamed the Executive Creative Director for Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group in November of 2015, Martha Rago came to Random House just a few months earlier to oversee their growing trade list of picture books, YA, middle grade and chapter books. She is now overseeing all of Random House Children’s Book art department, encompassing Knopf, Crown,  Wendy Lamb Books and the Delacorte imprints along with Random House trade, licensing and brands.

Martha has had a long career as designer and art director in children’s books.  Previously the Associate Creative Director at HarperCollins, and Creative Director at Henry Holt prior to that, Martha has worked with many established illustrators in her career, such as Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, Peter McCarty, Ed Young, Mo Willems, Floyd Cooper, Peter Sis, Dan Yaccarino, Pat Schories, Susan Jeffers, Pat Cummings, and Kadir Nelson.  She loves to discover and support new talent as well,  and in this past year has worked with illustrators Mike Curato, Julia Denos, Debbie Ohi, Teagan White, Joseph Keufler, and Suzanne Kaufman, to name a few.

You can see some examples of Martha’s work at


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