Rood (Jan De Kinder) en Het hondje dat Nino niet had (Edward van de Vendel & Anton Van Hertbruggen) werden door de Society of Illustrators in de VS geselecteerd voor The Original Art tentoonstelling. Bovendien werd Anton Van Hertbruggen door de Society of Illustrators bekroond met een 'Silver Medal'. Daarmee is hij de eerste Vlaming die deze prijs in ontvangst mocht nemen.

The dog Nino didn't have  Red

In de VS werden beide boeken uitgegeven door Eerdmans Publishing als 'Red' en 'The dog Nino didn't have'.

The Original Art is een jaarlijkse tentoonstelling in de VS waar de illustraties van de beste kinderboeken van het jaar, uitgegeven in de VS, te bewonderen zijn.

Op de site van The Original Art staat te lezen:

'For editors and art directors, it’s an inspiration and a treasure trove of talent to draw upon. For art students, it’s a marvelous opportunity to examine—up close—the work of the best in the field. And for the public, it’s a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity in children’s books and to see the printed pages alongside the original paintings, drawings, prints, and collages they represent.

Founded by painter, art director, and artists’ representative Dilys Evans, The Original Art was first exhibited in 1979 at the Master Eagle Gallery in New York City. On display was the work of a wide variety of artists, some well-known and well-loved, some newcomers to the field. The show was an instant success, even receiving a proclamation of appreciation from the mayor’s office, and it has been popular ever since.

In 1989, The Original Art found a permanent home at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. It also became a juried event, with a committee of art directors, editors,publishers and illustrators selecting the best books from among hundreds of submissions and awarding Gold and Silver medals to the top pieces.

After the exhibit closes in New York, select pieces travel to galleries, museums, and exhibit halls across the country for a year. At the end of that time, the art is returned to its creators, and the books are donated by the Society to children’s charities.'

website Society of Illustrators - The Original Art