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MY INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN’S AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR SOPHIE BLACKALL

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN’S AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR SOPHIE BLACKALL

Sophie Blackall has illustrated over 30 books and won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 2016 for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. Her latest book, Hello Lighthouse is very special and I predict will win many awards. The story of a lighthouse keeper and his family, this book (also written by Sophie) is almost a search and find that I’m sure children will find something new every time they open the book. 

MARMALADE BOOKS (MB):  What was it like growing up in Australia?

MY INTERVIEW WITH KELLY COLLIER

MY INTERVIEW WITH KELLY COLLIER

Kelly Collier is the author and illustrator of A Horse Named Steve, the feature book in our May 2017 Picture Book Box (and Team Steve, the feature book in our September 2018 Picture Book Box). You can’t help but fall in love with Steve, a fine horse who thinks he could be finer. A great read aloud with charming illustrations, this book provides a fun way to bring up the subject of self-esteem and acceptance. Kelly is from Toronto, Ontario and this is her first book.

MARMALADE BOOKS (MB): When did you know you wanted to be a writer and an illustrator? Which came first?

KELLY COLLIER (KC): I knew I wanted to be an artist of some kind ever since I was little. I loved drawing and my parents encouraged me and my siblings to draw. I was in high school when I started thinking about drawing as a career. After high school I applied and was accepted to Sheridan College's illustration program and that was where I fell in love with children's books.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX: MAY 2017 PICTURE

WHAT’S IN THE BOX: MAY 2017 PICTURE

Our first book this month, A Nest Is Noisy is a beautifully illustrated non-fiction book. The second book is A Horse Named Steve, a brand new zany hardcover. 

A Nest is Noisy Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrator Sylvia Long have created six absolutely beautiful nonfiction books for children exploring seeds, eggs, butterflies, rocks, beetles and now nests.