Freya Blackwood i(32 works by)
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BiographyHistory

Freya Blackwood, born in the UK while her parents were travelling, grew up in Orange, New South Wales. After completing her secondary school education, Blackwood studied Visual Communications at the University of Technology Sydney. When she finished her degree she worked in a special effects workshop before going to New Zealand and working at Weta Workshop on The Lord of the Rings. Blackwood later returned to Australia and took up book illustration. She acknowledges the assistance of John Winch (q.v.) in kick-starting her career in children's book illustration and names Shaun Tan and Armin Greder (qq.v.) among her favourite Australian illustrators.

Source: the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards website, http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/
Sighted: 28 June 2010

Awards for Works

Go to Sleep, Jessie! 2015 single work picture book children's

'If only Jessie would lie down. If only she would go to sleep. But nothing will settle her ... except maybe a little sisterly know-how.' (Publication summary)

2015 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Perfect 2015 single work picture book children's

'Perfect captures the simplicity, spontaneity and freedom of an idyllic childhood, while Freya Blackwood's paintings of the three children roaming a rolling beach side idyll capture the light - and even the smell and feel - of a perfect summer day.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 honours Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Early Childhood
2016 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
The Cleo Stories : A Friend and a Pet 2015 selected work picture book

'In this delightful companion to The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present, Cleo comes up with ingenious ways to make a new friend and find a pet.

'Cleo's best friend is away, her parents are busy, and there's nothing to do but count raindrops - or tidy her room. Just when she thinks she'll never cheer up, Cleo has an idea. In the next story, Cleo longs for a pet but her mum and dad say no. Perhaps the answer is hidden somewhere unexpected.

'Two more endearing stories about Cleo, the little girl with a big imagination who always finds a way to have fun, from the creators of The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present.' (Publication summary)

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
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