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Mark Siegel (born June 2, 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is known both as an author, illustrator, and as the editorial director of First Second Books, a Macmillan imprint which publishes graphic novels for all ages. His books in print to date are Seadogs, An Epic Ocean Operetta (on a script by children's author Lisa Wheeler), Long Night Moon (on a script by author Cynthia Rylant), To Dance, A Ballerina's Graphic Novel (on a script by his wife Siena Cherson Siegel), Moving House, his first picture book as author and illustrator. He also illustrated Oskar and the Eight Blessings (on a script by Tanya and Richard Simon), winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award; and How to Read a Story (on a script by Kate Messner.) Siegel is the author of the graphic novel for adults Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson (2012), which was serialized online starting in 2010, a New York Times Bestseller.
|Area(s)||Penciller, Inker, Editor, Letterer, Colourist|
|Seadogs, An Epic Ocean Operetta|
To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel
"Sailor Twain: or, the Mermaid in the Hudson"
In 2017, he launched the 5 Worlds graphic novel series, a five-volume science fiction story co-written with his brother Alexis Siegel, and illustrated with Matt Rockefeller, Xanthe Bouma, and Boya Sun. Book one is The Sand Warrior (2017). Book two is The Cobalt Prince (2018).
Under the banner of First Second Books, located in the Flatiron Building in New York City, Siegel is the editor of works by authors and artists such as Ben Hatke, Gene Luen Yang, Jillian Tamaki, Paul Pope, Lewis Trondheim, Jane Yolen, and Adam Rapp.
In 2006, First Second published American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, the first graphic novel ever nominated for a National Book Award, and the first ever to win the American Library Association's Edward L. Printz Award. In 2015, First Second published This One Summer by the cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, the first book in any format ever nominated as a finalist for both the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Award, and the American Library Association's Edward L. Printz Award. 
Siegel has given lectures and workshops around North America, for authors, artists, librarians, students, executives in many venues, at trade shows, companies, Comic Cons, and animation studios, including Blue Sky, DreamWorks, Disney, and Pixar. 
- In 2006, Siegel won the Texas Bluebonnet Award for Seadogs, An Epic Ocean Operetta, written by Lisa Wheeler.
- In 2007, Siegel and his wife, Siena Cherson Siegel, won a Sibert Honor for To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel.
- In 2015, Siegel and co-authors Tanya and Richard Simon won the Jewish National Book Award for Oskar and the Eight Blessings.
- In 2017, the New York Public Library selected 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior in its Top Ten Best Books for Kids of 2017.
- "Mark Siegel - Macmillan Speakers Bureau". Macmillan Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
- YALSA, Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books.
- George Gene Gustines, Library of Congress Anoints Graphic Novelist as Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, New York Times, 4 January 2016.
- Cavna, Michael (2015-02-02). "CALDECOTT, PRINTZ HONORS: 'This One Summer' co-authors 'grateful' for graphic-novel milestone as Honor Book". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
- Texas Bluebonnet Award Winners
- Robert F. Sibert Medal and Honor Books, 2001-present
- "2015 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists". www.jewishbookcouncil.org (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-04-14.
- "Best Books for Kids 2017: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing". The New York Public Library. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
- "Mark Siegel bio and media references".
- Siena Siegel; Mark Siegel (2006). To Dance, A Ballerina's Graphic Novel. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-86747-6.
- Arnold, Andrew (May 2, 2006). "On Your Mark!". Time.com.
- Reid, Calvin (February 14, 2006). "It's Time for First Second". Publishers Weekly.
- "Powell's Q&A with Mark Siegel". Powell's Books. Archived from the original on 2006-06-16.
Media related to Mark Siegel at Wikimedia Commons