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Sarah Wilkins
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Sarah Wilkins

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Sarah Wilkins was born in Lower Hutt. The middle child of seven, she dreamt of becoming a solo explorer. Dreaming and drawing, which she loved, go together, so she became an illustrator instead. Her award-winning images can be found on buildings, buses, bags and many other curious places around the world, but they feel most at home on the pages of beautiful books.

Sarah works from a light-filled studio perched high on a hill overlooking the Wellington Harbour. She is curious about visually communicating science for young and old, and illustrated Abigail and the Restless Raindrop while completing her Master in Science in Society.

Find out more about her work at www.sarahwilkins.net

Books by Sarah Wilkins

Abigail and the Birth of the Sun

A bright and beautiful exploration of a supernova and the birth of our solar system for young children, all wrapped up in an award-winning bedtime story

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Abigail and the Restless Raindrop

Come with Abigail and her mother on a magical adventure, soaring up into the clouds to discover where the raindrops come from.

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Awards & recognition

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Winner  •  2020  •  Best Picture Book Award for Abigail and the Birth of the Sun

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