Children’s Art + Literacy Festival – 2022 – Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall is a Brooklyn-based Australian artist. She has illustrated at least 25 books for children, including “Ruby’s Wish,” which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, “Meet Wild Boars,” which won a BCCB Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award and the Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators, “Big Red Lollipop,” which was a New York Times Top Ten Picture Book for 2010, and the ongoing “Ivy and Bean” series, which has over a million copies in print.

Blackall has collaborated with many notable authors, including Aldous Huxley, Judith Viorst, Jane Yolen, Meg Rosoff and Kate DiCamillo.

Her editorial illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Time, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Town & Country and many others.

Her project “Missed Connections” began as a blog in early 2009 as a series of paintings based on real, anonymous messages posted online by lovelorn strangers. Her collective work was later published as “Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found.” It was named one of the Best Art and Design Books of 2011 on


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