Gary Phillips is the recipient of the 2010 Pennyslvania School Librarians Outstanding Author/Illustrator Award. He is a Kutztown University Communication Design grad (BFA 1982) and has also occasionally taught illustration classes here. His illustrated childrens’ books include Animals are Sleeping and 86 Years: the Legend of The Boston Red Sox. He has done freelance artwork for magazines including Ranger Rick and Highlights for Children.
The Outstanding Pennsylvania Author / Illustrator Award is presented annually to recognize a creative individual who is a present or former Pennsylvania resident or whose work represents or reflects Pennsylvania and who has made a notable contribution to the field of literature for youth.
To give an idea of the company the Gary has joined here is a random selection of previous PSLA Award winners: James Michener, Jerry Pinkney, Aliki, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Jerry Spinelli, Mr.Rogers, and Lloyd Alexander.