Held at: Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection [Contact Us]1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
Sophie Blackall is an author and illustrator who predominantly illustrates children's books. On her home page, Blackall lists a variety of sources from which she draws illustration inspiration: "Japanese woodblocks. Chinese packaging design. Old photographs. Maps. Scientific diagrams. Jellyfish. Moby Dick. Iridescent feathers. Train journeys. Figs. Postage stamps," and other things.
Blackall's work has won many of awards, including: The Ezra Jack Keats Award for Ruby's Wish; Founder's Award, Society of Illustrators, and Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, both for Wild Boars; Top Ten Picture Books citation, New York Times, 2010, for Big Red Lollipop; honor book citation, Horn Book, 2011, for Pecan Pie Baby; Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2016, for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear.
"Sophie Blackall." Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2016. Literature Resource Center, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GLS&sw=w&u=philly_free&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CH1000301182&it=r&asid=d3ab9011994d6c8bc2871682c3575e81. Accessed 9 June 2017.
This collection consists of ephemera and prints created by children's author/illustrator and Caldecott Winner Sophie Blackall. The majority of the collection relates to Blackall's book, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear and the ephemera created for the members of the The Randolph Caldecott Awards Committee that selected Blackall as the 2016 recipient.
The collection is arranged in folders based on size and material.
The majority of this collection was gifted to the Free Library of Philadelphia by 2016 Randolf Caldecott Award Committee members Jill Bellomy and Jennifer Ralston.
- Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Christopher A. Brown
- The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open to researchers by appointment. Please contact the Curator for information on access.
- Use Restrictions
The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.
Some of the materials in this collection may be too fragile for use without the Curator’s supervision.