The 17th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature is fast approaching! Last year, we had French artist Miss Clara craft ornaments inspired by The Snow Queen for the Barefoot Books tree. This year, illustrator Sophie Fatus is taking inspiration from The Story Tree. She’s hard at work in her studio in Florence, Italy, but soon she’ll be joining us at the museum in Concord, Massachusetts! For more information about the exhibition, visit the Concord Museum’s website. Click here to see the beginnings of Sophie’s work and see the progress she’s made in the last few weeks below.

Sophie Fatus is an illustrator and sculptress who studied at the prestigious Academy of Fine Art in Paris. Sophie lives in Florence, Italy. Her brightly colored illustrations and quirky style are world-renowned and have graced the pages of the following Barefoot Books titles:

  • The Abominable Snowman: A Story from Nepal
  • The Story Tree
  • Babushka
  • The Farmyard Jamboree
  • The Feathered Ogre: A Story from Italy
  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  • If You’re happy and You Know It!
  • The Journey Home from Grandpa’s
  • The Mother of Monsters: A Story from South Africa
  • My Daddy is a Pretzel
  • The Real Princess: A Mathemagical Tale
  • Riddle Me This!
  • The Terrible Chenoo: A Story from North America

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