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Capstone Establishes Fellowship for Children's Authors and Illustrators

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – March 31, 2015 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, is pleased to offer the Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Literature, a new initiative supporting the work of children’s authors and illustrators whose stories entertain and inspire young readers. Beginning in 2015, Capstone will select one artist annually for a month-long residency at the Anderson Center, one of the country’s premier residential arts centers.

The Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Literature will be awarded to authors and illustrators in alternating years, beginning with an author in 2015 and an illustrator in 2016. The fellowship will be awarded to artists whose work inspires young readers and enhances innovation and diversity in literature for children and young adults. At the Anderson Center, resident fellows will be provided room and board in a historic residence, along with plenty of space and time to work.

“Last year I had the opportunity to spend a month at the Anderson Center, where I was able to focus entirely on writing and to work in the company of artists from around the world. It was a transformative experience that continues to influence my creative process today,” said Nick Healy, a senior managing editor for Capstone. “I’m thrilled to be able to share this experience with other artists, especially children’s writers and illustrators.”

For more than 20 years artists have raved about their experiences at the Anderson Center, which is situated on the sprawling grounds of an estate near the confluence of the Cannon and Mississippi rivers in Red Wing, Minn. The Center serves creative people of all kinds—writers, poets, visual artists, sculptors, composers, dancers, archaeologists, anthropologists, scholars, and others.

“We are proud to offer the Capstone Fellowship in support and celebration of the arts community. Authors and illustrators create the magic in children’s literature,” said Ashley Andersen Zantop, Capstone Chief Content Officer. “At Capstone, we believe that helping children cultivate a love of reading unlocks the power to learn. We’re grateful to the writers and artists who devote themselves to the pursuit of delighting and engaging young readers and partnering with us to inspire learning.”

The 2015 Capstone Fellowshipin Children’s Literature will be awarded to an author nominated and selected by the committee. Applications will be accepted starting with the 2016 prize.


About Capstone

Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books, digital solutions and services, literacy programs, and K–12 professional development resources. Capstone creates content in a variety of print, digital and media formats for school libraries, classrooms, and at home reading. Capstone’s business units include Capstone Library, Capstone Classroom, Capstone Young Readers, myON, and Capstone International. For more information, visit