David Díaz (illustrator)

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David Díaz
Díaz at the Mazza Museum 2012 conference
Díaz at the Mazza Museum 2012 conference
Born1960 (age 63–64)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
OccupationIllustrator, graphic designer
Alma materFort Lauderdale Art Institute
GenreChildren's picture books
Notable works
  • Smoky Night
Notable awardsCaldecott Medal

David Díaz (born 1960) is an American illustrator of children's books. He won the 1995 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration recognizing Smoky Night by Eve Bunting.[1] He currently lives in Carlsbad, California.


David Díaz grew up in southern Florida with his family. He discovered his love for drawing when he was in the first grade while working on a vowel worksheet. His parents were afraid of his love for art because they did not want him to struggle with the uncertainty of being an artist. When David was only sixteen his mother passed away, which left a huge hole in his heart. From this tragedy, he used drawing as a catharsis for his emotional output. In high school, Díaz had an inspiring teacher that helped nurture his potential, this same teacher also lead him to competitions where he won awards for his art. When he got older, Díaz moved to southern California where he became a graphic design artist until he made his own design and illustration business called Diaz Icon.[2] In 2018, a book Diaz had illustrated was pulled before its publication following allegations of sexual harassment at a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference.[3]

Awards and exhibitions[edit]

  • 1997: "Going Home" art exhibit held by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas
  • July 8 – October 1, 2010: "Golden Kite, Golden Dream. Celebrating the Art of the Golden Kite Award" art exhibit to be hosted by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas
  • 2004 Pura Belpré Award, ALSC, ALA, The Pot That Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel[5]
  • 2006 Pura Belpré Award, César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand[5]
  • 2010 Pura Belpré Award, Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand[5]

Books illustrated[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938–Present". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  2. ^ "David Diaz". NCCIL. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  3. ^ Yorio, Kara. "Book To Be Re-Illustrated to Remove Díaz | Sexual Harassment in Children's Publishing". School Library Journal. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  4. ^ "2009 Parents' Choice Award winners". Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "2004 "Pura Belpré Award winners". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved May 25, 2010.

External links[edit]

  • David Díaz at National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature