I want people to open the books and say, "WOW! Look at this!" Caldecott-Award winner, David Diaz was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. He has been an illustrator and graphic designer for more than 20 years, and is recognized for his dynamic work in national publications, popular products, and literary works for children and adults alike. He lives with his wife, Cecelia, in Carlsbad, California.