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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. She lives in Rome with Gianluca and their daughter, Nina.

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

watercolors, pencils, ink, gouache

2018 New York Times Best Illustrated (She Made a Monster)
2018 Cybils award winner for ‘Best Elementary Nonfiction’ (Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor)


Au 10, Rue des Jardins (Cambourakis, 2018)
La Métamorphose d’Helen Keller (Gallimard Jeunesse, 2018)
Big Foot and Little Foot (Abrams, 2018)
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor (Knopf/Randomhouse, 2018)
Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament (Kids Can Press, 2017)
Perchè mio Nonno ha i Capelli Bianchi (Zoolibri, 2017)
I Don’t Draw, I Color (Simon & Schuster, 2017)
On Our Way to Oyster Bay (Kids Can Press, 2016)
Crescendo (La Fragatina, 2015)
My Father is a Polar Bear (Walker Books, 2015)
Peep Inside the Castle (Usborne, 2015)
David Copperfield (ELI Readers, 2012)
La Celestina (ELI Readers, 2011)
Ode to an Onion (Cameron Books, Fall 2018)
She Made a Monster (Knopf/Randomhouse, Fall 2018)
Big Foot and Little Foot: Monster Detector (Abrams, 2018)
Big Foot and Little Foot: The Squatchicorns (Abrams, 2019)
The Hideout (Abrams, Spring 2019)



Time to Play (Chronicle, season TBD 2019)
Green on Green (Simon & Schuster, season TBD 2020)
How to Be Like a Tree (Abrams, season TBD)
Walnut Season (Abrams, Spring 2022)