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Sophie Blackall

Australian illustrator

1970   -  

educated at: Walford Anglican School for Girls
occupation: artist, illustrator
award received: Caldecott Medal

Sophie Blackall is an Australian artist and illustrator of children's books based in Brooklyn, New York. She won the 2016 Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear and the 2019 Medal for Hello Lighthouse. She has illustrated more than 30 books for children, including the Ivy and Bean series. Blackall has collaborated with authors such as Jacqueline Woodson, John Bemelmans Marciano, Jane Yolen, and Meg Rosoff. Her work also includes animated television commercials and editorial illustrations for newspapers and magazines. Blackall dislikes it when an author refers to an illustrated book as "my book", feeling it diminishes the essential role of the illustrations.Her 2015 collaboration with Emily Jenkins, A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat, was praised by reviewers but became the subject of controversy over its depiction of slavery.
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