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Sophie Blackall

Award-Winners; Children and Young Adult; Families, Children & Parenting; Library; Visual and Performing Arts

Speaker Bio

Sophie Blackall is an award-winning illustrator of over 50 books for children, including the New York Times best-selling Ivy and Bean series, the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner, Finding Winnie and the 2019 Caldecott Medal winner, Hello Lighthouse, which she also wrote. She is the five-time recipient of The New York Times Best Illustrated Picture Book Award and has worked with UNICEF and Save the Children, UK on global health and literacy initiatives. Originally from Australia, she now splits her time between Brooklyn, New York, and the Catskill Mountains, where she and her husband run a creative retreat for the children’s book community called Milkwood Farm.


Speaking Topics

Writing and illustrating Children’s Books

Children’s Literacy

Exploring Art Media with Children

Building a Creative Community

Running a Creative Retreat for Artists and Writers

The Anatomy of a Picture Book

Missed Connections—Love, Lost and Found

By the Author

Booking Info

Sophie Blackall’s speaking engagements are handled by the Hachette Speakers Bureau, a division of Hachette Book Group and an accredited member of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus. Contact us to learn more.