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Evan Turk

Evan Turk is an award-winning illustrator, author and animator living in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. A graduate of Parsons: The New School for Design, his illustration and award winning animation have been shown all over the world. Evan loves to speak to both students and educators about storytelling and making art.

Evan’s school visits focus on the research and process of making a book (as both author and illustrator), as well as visual storytelling, symbolism, and artistic influences. Presentations can be geared towards different age groups K-12, but always center around the idea of learning to read images and following the storytelling within the pictures.
His first picture book, Grandfather Gandhi (2014), was written by Bethany Hegedus and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. For this book, Evan was awarded the 2015 New Illustrator Honor from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor for new illustrator. A companion book, Be The Change was released in 2016 and received a Green Earth Book award.

His debut as author/illustrator, The Storyteller (2016) received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and School Library Journal. It was named a Best Book for Children by the Children’s Africana Book awards and received an Aesop Accolade from the American Folklore Society. It was named a Best Book of 2016 by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature. His next book as illustrator, Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, will arrive in September 2017.

Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
Genres: Fiction