Congratulations, Dan Santat, for winning the 2023 National Book Award

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that Dan Santat won the 2023 National Book Award, for his graphic novel memoir A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING, (First Second, Feb 2023). Not only is Dan an incredibly talented, award-winning writer and illustrator of children’s books, but he is also one of the nicest and most generous creators you will ever meet. Our Arizona SCBWI region had the pleasure of hosting Dan at our Virtual SCBWI AZ Conference in 2021. His break-out sessions were filled with countless pearls of wisdom and advice every illustrator lives for. 

Check out this write-up by Kara Yorio on the School Library Journal site which includes videos of the 74th Annual National Book Awards Ceremony: Read the School Library Journal’s Post Here

If you want to learn more about Dan’s journey, growing up, and what inspired A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING, check out Bianca Schulze’s fantastic interview on the Growing Readers Podcast.