Meet the 2017 Judges


THOMAS TRUONG, judge, Art Contest

THOMAS TRUONG is Publisher of Caterpillar, Little Tiger Kids and 360 Degrees at the Little Tiger Group, where he began his publishing career as a designer thirteen years ago. In the intervening years he was a Senior Designer at Caterpillar and Art Director of the group’s fiction imprint, Stripes. Thomas took over as Publisher of the Caterpillar and Little Tiger Kids imprints in 2013. In 2016, he led the launch of 360 Degrees, a brand new imprint specialising in highly-illustrated novelty non-fiction, which was met with much enthusiasm by the trade, proving to be a commercial and critical success. Prior to embarking on his publishing career, Thomas studied Illustration for Children’s Publishing at NEWI and illustrates under the names Thomas Hegbrook and Thomas Elliott. He lives in Kent with his wife and young son. 


STACEY FRIEDBERG, judge, Novel Category

STACEY FRIEDBERG is an Associate Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers, where she works on everything from picture books through young adult novels. She especially loves books that can be categorized as weird, dark, or intense, and is always looking for thought-provoking emotional YA, cleverly funny middle grade, and underrepresented perspectives for both. Some of the books she’s edited include the 2016 Morris Award finalist The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes, Pilfer Academy: A School So Bad it’s Criminal by Lauren Magaziner, and Summer in the Invisible City by Juliana Romano. Prior to working at Dial, Stacey was an Editorial Assistant at Lightspeed Magazine and a book reviewer at Publishers Weekly. She lives in New York City, where she enjoys baking delicious treats and watching so-bad-they’re-great movies. 

ANNIE NYBO , judge,  Picture Book Category

ANNIE NYBO is an Associate Editor at Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster. Prior to joining S&S, she worked at Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Transatlantic Literary Agency. She loves witty, well-crafted picture books that make her laugh, as well as STEM-oriented non-fiction picture books that teach her something about the world. Picture books she’s worked on include Whobert Whover, Owl Detective by Jason Gallaher and Jess Pauwels (out Summer 2017), Follow Me by Ellie Sandall, Baseball Is… by Louise Borden and Raul Colon, and Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos and Joy Ang.