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Dan Santat on Inspiration

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.

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