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Sophie Blackall Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2163

Scope and Contents

The collection contains assorted drawings related to Ivy + Bean books 1 to 3 and A Fine Dessert, as well as watercolor illustrations for Ivy + Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go(book 3), and individual watercolors for other works illustrated by Blackall. The collection also contains a watercolor of Captain Harry Colebourn and Winnie reading Finding Winnie, created by Blackall for the 2017 American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) auction.


  • circa 2006-2016


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Artist, illustrator, and author Sophie Blackall was born in 1970 in Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Design in Sydney, Australia, in 1992, before moving to the United States in 2000. She has illustrated children's books including Ruby's Wish, Big Red Lollipop, The Baby Tree, and the Ivy + Beanseries. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


1 box (.23 cubic feet)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of sketches and illustrations related to the Ivy and Bean books and other works illustrated by Sophie Blackall.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

The bulk of the collection is gift of Sophie Blackall, with the Finding Winnie portrait purchased by the Friends of the Kerlan at the 2017 ABFE Auction.

Sophie Blackall Papers, circa 2006-2016
Caitlin Marineau
October 2014
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Revision Statements

  • September 2017: New material added and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library