Dan Santat on Inspiration
Earlier this year, Dan Santat received the 2015 Caldecott Medal for 'The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.' The American Library Association requested that all medal and honor winners record videos of themselves discussing inspirational Caldecott books.In his video, Santat recalls meeting David Shannon who won a Caldecott Honor in 1999 for the book No, David!. During that meeting Shannon gave Santat some remarkable advice: “you need to start all over again.”
Santat took that conversation to heart. Years later, the two artists met again at a book signing; things came full circle when Shannon complimented Santat on his artwork for Beekle.
Watch Santat’s video below. Click here to read the acceptance speech Santat gave at the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet.