"Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks" by Skila Brown (’12)Written during a Picture Book Intensive semester when Brown was a student, Slickety Quick won the Candlewick Picture Book Award in 2012. This annual WCYA scholarship is awarded to the best picture book manuscript submitted, as judged by the editors at Candlewick Press. Candlewick funds this award and receives right of first refusal to the winning manuscript.

Illustrated by Bob Kolar, the fourteen shark species in Brown’s first picture book will “leave many readers fascinated – and perhaps a little unsettled – by the diversity of sharks that exist beneath the waves.” (Publishers Weekly)

Skila Brown’s middle grade novel Caminar (Candlewick, 2014) was a finalist for the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. Her second novel, To Stay Alive, is forthcoming from Candlewick in October. To learn more about her work, visit skilabrown.com.