June 24, 2018

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Book To Be Re-Illustrated to Remove Díaz | Sexual Harassment in Children’s Publishing

Charlesbridge Publishing to have “Mario and the Hole in the Sky” re-illustrated after sexual harassment allegations against original illustrator David Díaz.

Ishta Mercurio Goes Public as David Díaz Accuser

Ishta Mercurio says the successful children’s book illustrator fondled her hair and made a sexually suggestive comment at the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ (SCBWI) annual conference.

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Children’s Publishing Reckons with Sexual Harassment in Its Ranks

Illustrator David Díaz resigned from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators board after sexual harassment complaints emerged about his past.