May 29, 2018

White House Children's Book Illustrated by Salem Professor Wins International Book Award

The White House Easter Egg Roll book cover
LOS ANGELES – A children’s book illustrated by beloved Salem Art History Professor John Hutton has won an International Book Award. The American Book Fest announced the 2018 winners and finalists on Sunday, with more than 400 winners and finalists in more than 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In the category of Children’s Non-Fiction, the winner was The White House Easter Egg Roll: A History for All Ages by Jonathan Piska and illustrated by John Hutton. The book was published by the White House Historical Association.
Jeffrey Keen, president and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.
“The 2018 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the world,” Keen said. “With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of IBA, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the summer season.”
Earlier this year, Hutton was invited to the White House grounds, where he was invited to draw sketches of presidents and historical images during the annual Easter Egg Roll. Additionally, his drawings were reproduced into a giant coloring wall where children from across the nation took turns adding color to Hutton’s images.
Next year, Hutton will have a new book with the White House Historical Association. The title of the book is not yet confirmed, but it will focus on “how to draw the presidents” for artists of all ages, similar to this lesson Hutton gave on the local Fox affiliate. It is estimated that the book will be published in the spring of 2019. More information about the 10th Annual International Book Awards can be found at
American Book Fest covers books from all sections of the publishing industry—mainstream, independent, & self-published. More information can be found at