David Díaz (illustrator)

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David Díaz
David Diaz at the Mazza Museum.jpg
Díaz at the Mazza Museum 2012 conference
Born Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Occupation Illustrator, graphic designer
Nationality American
Alma mater Fort Lauderdale Art Institute
Period 1992–present
Genre Children's picture books
Notable works
  • Smoky Night
Notable awards Caldecott 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 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. His mother died when he was sixteen years old. From this tragedy in Díaz's life, he used drawing as a way for an emotional output. In high school, Díaz had an inspiring teacher that was able to 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]

Awards and exhibitions[edit]

  • 2004 Pura Belpré Award, ALSC, ALA, The Pot That Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel[4]
  • 2006 Pura Belpré Award, César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand[4]
  • 2010 Pura Belpré Award, Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand[4]

Books illustrated[edit]

  • Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert by Gary Schmidt, Clarion (2012)
  • Before You Came by Patricia MacLachlan & Emily MacLachlan Charest, HarperCollins (2011)
  • Me, Frida by Amy Novesky, Harry N. Abrams Inc. (2010)
  • Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Simon & Schuster (2010)
  • Let There Be Peace on Earth: And Let it Begin with Me by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller, Tricycle Press (2009)
  • Ocean’s Child by Christine Ford and Trish Holland, Golden Books (2009)
  • Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Marshall Cavendish Corporation (2009)
  • El Barrio by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate, Henry Holt & Company (2009)
  • Build A Burrito by Denise Vega, Cartwheel Books (2008)
  • De Colores: Bright With Colors, traditional folk song, Marshall Cavendish Corporation (2008)
  • Castle Corona by Sharon Creech, HarperCollins (2007)
  • Pocahontas: Princess of the New World by Kathleen Krull, Walker Books for Young Readers (2007)
  • Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks, Atheneum (2006)
  • Cesar: Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Marshall Cavendish Corporation (2006)
  • Rin, Rin, Rin/Do, Re, Mi by Jose-Luis Orozco, Cartwheel Books (2005)
  • Who’s That Baby by Sharon Creech, HarperCollins (2005)
  • Feliz Navidad: Two Stories Celebrating Christmas by Jose Feliciano, Cartwheel Books (2003)
  • Angel Face by Sarah Weeks, Atheneum (2002)
  • The Pot That Juan Built by Nancy Andrew-Goebel, Lee & Low Books (2002)
  • Road Runner’s Dance by Rudolfo A. Anaya, Disney Press (2000)
  • Gospel Cinderella by Joyce Carol Thomas, HarperCollins (2000)
  • Jump Rope Magic by Afi Scruggs and Afi-Odelia Scruggs, Scholastic (2000)
  • The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, HarperCollins (1999)
  • Shadow Story by Nancy Willard, HarperCollins (1999)
  • The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown, HarperCollins (1999)
  • Mother Goose Around the World: Big Book, Volume 4 by Lee Bennett Hopkins, William H. Sadlier, Inc. (1999)
  • The Disappearing Alphabet by Richard Wilbur, Harcourt (1998)
  • Be Not Far From Me by Eric A. Kimmel, Simon & Schuster (1998)
  • December by Eve Bunting, Harcourt (1997)
  • Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull, Harcourt (1996)
  • Passing Strange: True Tales of New England Hauntings and Horrors by Joseph A. Citro, Chapters Pub Ltd. (1996)
  • The Inner City Mother Goose by Eve Merriam, Simon & Schuster (1996)
  • Just One Flick of the Finger by Marybeth Lorbiecki, Dial (1996)
  • Anansi’s Narrow Waist by Len Cabral, Good Year Books (1994); translated as La Cintuita de Anansi (1995)
  • Going Home by Eve Bunting, HarperCollins (1994)
  • Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, Harcourt (1994)
  • Neighborhood Odes by Gary Soto, Harcourt (1992)


  1. ^ a b "Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938–Present". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  2. ^ "David Diaz". NCCIL. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "2009 Parents' Choice Award winners". Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "2004 "Pura Belpré Award winners". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved May 25, 2010.

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