|Lea Lyon is an award-winning children's book illustrator and portrait artist who has made a childhood dream come true. Lea loved to draw and paint as a child, taking art classes and painting in oils when she was 12 years old. And, she wanted to be a children's book illustrator when she grew up.
She ended up going in a different direction; college, raising a family, running a small doll and puppet business, then back to school for an MBA and into the corporate world as a marketing product manager.
Now, at long last, Lea is a children's book illustrator with six published picture books, four of which have won awards. She is now writing as well and has an agent for one of her author/illustrator projects.
As the Illustrator Coordinator of the San Francisco/South region of SCBWI, (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), she arranges conferences featuring nationally famous illustrators, art directors and editors. Her portfolio has won awards at two annual SCBWI conferences in Los Angeles.
Lea's first book, "Say Something," by Peggy Moss, Tilbury House Publishers, 2004, was a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2005" -(National Council on the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council.) It also won a Teachers' Choice Awards for Children's Books, 2005" from Learning Magazine. "Say Something" has sold over 70,000 copies since its publication in 2005 and a "10th Anniversary Edition" and an Ebook came out in 2013
Her books have won other awards, including:
Skipping Stones Magazine Award as one of the "Best 25 Multi-cultural Picture Books of 2006."
Moonbeam Award in 2008 and 2012.
"Keep Your Ear on the Ball" was a runner up for the Schneider Family ALA Award in 2007 and 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. There are two sets of the books on tour around the globe.
Lea lives in Richmond, CA with her husband.