|Lea Lyon is an award-winning children's book illustrator who has made a childhood dream come true. Lea loved to draw and paint, taking many art classes and painting in oils by the time she was 12 years old. She dreamed of illustrating children's books when she grew up.
Lea ended up going in a different direction; college, running a small business, teaching in the public schools, then back to school for an MBA and into the corporate world.
Now, at long last, Lea is a children's book illustrator. Her six published picture books, five of which have won awards, address topical social issues such as bullying, children with disabilities, same-sex marriage, and religions of different cultures.
"Say Something," by Peggy Moss, (Tilbury House,) has sold over 70,000 copies. "Keep Your Ear On the Ball," by Genevieve Petrillo, (Tilbury House) was chosen to be one of 50 books from around the world about children with disabilities to be housed in Norway in an IBBY collection.
Lea's awards include ALA Notable Book (2016), Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People - NCSS-CBC, 2005 and 2016, Teachers' Choice Awards for Children's Books - 2005, ILA-CBC Children's Choices list, 2016, Skipping Stones (twice), Moonbeam award (twice.)
Lea is an active member of SCBWI, (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). Her portfolios won awards twice at the annual SCBWI conferences in Los Angeles. For10 consecutive years, as Illustrator Coordinator for the San Francisco/South region of SCBWI, she has organized and facilitated an annual children's book illustrator conference featuring nationally famous illustrators, art directors and editors. This popular "Illustrator Day" is one of the largest illustrator events in all of SCBWI, drawing 70-90 illustrators each year.
Lea lives in Richmond, CA with her husband.