Monday, December 5, 2016

Boys' Life magazine article

I am happy to share the news that two of my paintings appear in the December 2016 issue of Boys' Life Magazine. 

I was hired to illustrate a story called "True Friends" about the aftermath of the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and its effect on the friendship of two boys in California, one being of Japanese descent. This Wednesday December 7th happens to be the 75 anniversary of this historic day.

It was an honor and a first time working for this long standing magazine, one that Norman Rockwell's illustrations appeared in many years ago. I hope you enjoy the paintings!




Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award



I am excited to announce "Gifts From the Enemy" has won another award!

The Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award advisory council selected it as the top book in its World History category for 2015.


They said- "A true account of a teens survival during the Nazi Holocaust. “ Gifts from the Enemy” is not only a moving story but a great resource to explain to children about a very turbulent time in world history. A truly meaningful story of social injustice and how one individuals act of kindness can make a difference."


Here is a description of the award and a link to the website;


The Gelett Burgess Children's Book Awards advisory council looks for books that entertain and teach with an energetic and creative approach. The books the Center selects must stimulate the child's imagination, as well as inspire them creatively. Advisory council members want to know a book will make an impact in a child's life by helping them grow: socially, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, and physically.


http://www.gelettburgesscenter.com/2015_awards.php


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Benjamin Franklin Award for "Gifts from the Enemy"

It's really neat to finally have this great recognition for "Gifts from the Enemy" now on display in my home. You can read more about this award in a post below.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Inside Story next week!

I along with many other Seattle area authors and illustrators will be presenting new spring books next week May 5th at SCBWI's Inside Story. I will be talking about "Boys Camp Book 3- Zee's Story."

Hope to see some of you there!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 Benjamin Franklin Award!


I just learned "Gifts From the Enemy" won a 2015 gold level Benjamin Franklin Award! The award is from the Independent Book Publishers Association and recognizes excellence in book editorial and design and is regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers.

We won in the young reader: nonfiction category (8-12 years). What an honor! Thanks again to the great publisher White Cloud Press and the author Trudy Ludwig for making this book happen. 

You can read about it here: http://www.ibpa-online.org/ibpa-2015-benjamin-franklin-awards-winners-and-finalists/#young2


Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Illustrator Saturday" Interview

Recently I was lucky to be asked by Kathy Teman for an interview on my illustration work for her very popular illustration blog. The weekly feature is called "Illustrator Saturday" and today I am featured!

It shows lots of examples of my work and after over 15 years in the business serves as a nice career overview so far.

You can read the interview here:

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/illustrator-saturday-craig-orback/

Monday, March 2, 2015

Scholastic's Storyworks magazine final layout

Here is the final layout for the Feb/March 2015 "Scholastic Storyworks" magazine project. I love how it came out! A wonderfully written story and a favorite client of mine.