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Sophie Blackall


Sophie Blackall ( is the illustrator of several award-winning picture books, including <i>Meet Wild Boars</i> by Meg Rosoff, <i>Pecan Pie Baby </i>by Jacqueline Woodson, <i>Big Red Lollipop</i> (by Rukhsana Khan), and the Ivy and Bean books by Annie Barrows. Her many honors include a <i>BCCB</i> Blue Ribbon, Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, Society of Illustrators Founders Award, <i>Publishers Weekly</i> Best Children’s Book, <i>Book Sense</i> 76 Pick, and <i>New York Times</i> Top Ten Picture Book. Her artwork has also appeared in murals as part of the New York City MTA’s “Arts for Transit” program. Previously she has had jobs in a shoe shop and a robot factory. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Annie Barrows
Matthew Olshan
J. Patrick Lewis
Jane Yolen
Rukhsana Khan
Shirin Yim Bridges
Lindsay Mattick
Susan Hood
Emily Winfield Martin
Shadra Stickland
Melissa Sweet
LeUyen Pham
Oge Mora
Julie Morstad
Lisa Brown
Selina Alko
Hadley Hooper
Isabel Roxas
Erin Robinson
Sara Palacios
Emily Jenkins
Jacqueline Woodson

Book Dedications by Sophie Blackall

  • For Olive
    Big Red Lollipop
  • For everyone on Earth, especially the children, especially those I met in Rwanda, India, Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Australia, and the USA, and especially Ms. Greta’s second grade class at the Brooklyn New School. I promised I would try to make a book about all of us and the planet we share. This is it. And for the real Quinn and his family, Elliott, Caroline, and Jolyon. You make the world a better place.
    If You Come to Earth

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