Sophie Blackall

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Blackall in 2013

Sophie Blackall is an Australian artist and illustrator of children's books based in Brooklyn, New York.[1] She won the 2016 Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear.[2] She has illustrated more than 30 books for children,[3] 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.[4]

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.[5][6][7]


In 1992, Blackall earned a Bachelor of Design.[4]

List of works[edit]

As illustrator[edit]

  • The Witches of Benevento series (by John Bemelmans Marciano)
    • Mischief Season (2016)
    • The All-Powerful Ring (2016)
    • Beware the Clopper! (2016)
    • Respect Your Ghosts (2017)
  • A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 (by Matthew Olshan, 2016)
  • Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear (by Lindsay Mattick, 2015)
  • A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat (by Emily Jenkins, 2015)
  • And Two Boys Booed (by Judith Viorst, 2014)
  • The Mighty Lalouche (by Matthew Olshan, 2013)
  • The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield (by John Bemelmans Marciano, 2013)
  • Ivy and Bean series (by Annie Barrows, 2006–2013)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! (by Polly Horvath, 2012)
  • Take Two! A Celebration of Twins (by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen, 2012)
  • The Crows of Pearblossom (by Aldous Huxley, 2011)
  • Spinster Goose (by Lisa Wheeler, 2011)
  • Edwin Speaks Up (by April Stevens, 2011)
  • Pecan Pie Baby (by Jacqueline Woodson, 2010) – winner of Horn Book Honor
  • Big Red Lollipop (by Rukhsana Khan, 2010)
  • Wombat Walkabout (by Carol Diggory Shields, 2009)
  • Jumpy Jack and Googily (by Meg Rosoff, 2008)
  • What's So Bad About Being an Only Child? (by Cari Best, 2007)
  • Wild Boars Cook (by Meg Rosoff, 2008)
  • Meet Wild Boars! (by Meg Rosoff, 2005) – winner of Founder's Award from the Society of Illustrators
  • Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China (by Deborah Noyes, 2007)
  • Summer is Summer (by Phillis and David Gershator, 2006)
  • Ruby's Wish (by Shirin Yim Bridges, 2002) – winner of Ezra Jack Keats Award for Best New Illustrator

As author and illustrator[edit]

  • Hello Lighthouse (2018)
  • The Baby Tree (2014)
  • Are You Awake? (2011)
  • Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found (2011)
  • 20 Party Tricks to Amuse and Amaze Your Friends (1997)


  1. ^ "This Valentine's Day, A Sweet Look At Almost Love". NPR. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Gilmore, Natasha (12 January 2016). "Celebrating with 'Champagne and Donuts': Sophie Blackall on Her 2016 Caldecott". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  3. ^ Murphy, Kate (23 July 2016). "Sophie Blackall". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Sophie Blackall". Mazza Museum. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  5. ^ "The Kids' Book 'A Fine Dessert' Has Award Buzz — And Charges Of Whitewashing Slavery". Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  6. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (2015-11-06). "'A Fine Dessert': Judging a Book by the Smile of a Slave". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  7. ^ "A Fine Dessert". Texas Bluebonnet Award 2016-2017. 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2018-03-29.