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Felicita Sala

Award-winning Felicita Sala is a self-taught illustrator and painter. She graduated in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. She has illustrated for various food magazines and created stop motion animations with husband and animator, Gianluca Maruotti, but her passion is making picture books. She draws inspiration from folk art and music, mid-century illustration, byzantine iconography, nature, and children. Felicita Sala's work is renowned worldwide. Felicita lives in Rome with Gianluca and their daughter, Nina.

2021 CCBC Choice (Green on Green)
2020 Premio Andersen Illustrator of the Year in Italy
2020 ABIA Awards: Australian Small Publisher’s Children’s Book of the Year shortlist (Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street)
2019 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal nominee (Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor)
2018 New York Times Best Illustrated (She Made a Monster)
2018 Junior Library Guild selection (Ode to an Onion)
2018 Bank Street ‘Best Children’s Book of the Year’ (Mr Crum’s Potato Predicament)
2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Best Book for Kids and Teens’ (Mr Crum’s Potato Predicament)
2018 Cybils award winner for ‘Best Elementary Nonfiction’ (Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor)
2017 OLA Best Bests, Ontario Library Association Winner (Mr Crum’s Potato Predicament)

Octopus Escapes (Indie)

Au 10, Rue des Jardins
La Métamorphose d’Helen Keller
Big Foot and Little Foot
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor
Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament
Perchè mio Nonno ha i Capelli Bianchi
I Don’t Draw, I Color
On Our Way to Oyster Bay
My Father is a Polar Bear
Peep Inside the Castle
David Copperfield
La Celestina
Ode to an Onion
She Made a Monster
The Big Foot and Little Foot series
The Hideout
Green on Green
Your Birthday Was the Best!
Be a Tree
Octopus Escapes



Walnut Season (Abrams, Spring 2022)
Dark on Light (Simon & Schuster, Summer 2022)
As Night Falls (Random  House, Spring 2023
Time to Play (Chronicle, season tbd)

cactus plants, 2nd-hand bookstores, children, mangoes, big bodies of water

watercolors, pencils, ink, gouache