Beccia attended the University of Massachusetts on a 4-year art scholarship and graduated in 1995. She spent the next 10 years working as a designer and animator before returning to her first love of illustration.
In 2005, Beccia was the Grand Prize Portfolio Winner in the Society of Children's Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) portfolio exhibition. In 2006, she was awarded a certificate of merit in The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Illustration West 44 Annual and she was also the Grand Prize Portfolio Winner in the New England, Society of Children's Writers & Illustrators (NEW ENGLAND SCBWI) portfolio exhibition. In 2008, Beccia's debut book, Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo? was a the Golden Kite honor recipient for picture book illustration. In 2009, The Raucous Royals was the winner of the International Reading Association's 2009 Children's and Young Adult Book Award for Intermediate-Nonfiction.
Carlyn Beccia is also author of Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo, (Houghton Mifflin 2008). And has illustrated the Houdini and Nate Mysteries series along with cover of Newbery winner Christopher Paul Curtis's Elijah of Buxton.
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