©Phoebe Wahl 2018

©Phoebe Wahl 2018

About BACKYARD FAIRIES, Knopf 2018

A girl searches for fairies in her backyard and the woods beyond, following little clues and traces of magic. Fairies and other magical creatures can be found on every page, hidden among the flowers, trees and pebbles. But although readers can see them, the girl keeps searching, just one step behind… In the end, it is clear (both to the girl and readers) that there is magic all around, even when it’s hidden in plain sight.

 “Delightful . . . This gently magical outing will appeal not only to longtime lovers of European folklore, but also to fans of the popular “fairy door” phenomenon.”
–Kirkus Reviews
"Beyond the luscious, lulling verse, a substantial part of the book’s enjoyment comes from seeing what the girl does not...Readers are all but certain to take a closer look at their environs for evidence of magic in their midst." –Publisher's Weekly


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Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus interview with Phoebe Wahl by Megan Labrise



©Phoebe Wahl 2015

About SONYA'S CHICKENS, Tundra 2015

A young girl raising chickens learns some important truths about the interconnectedness of nature and the true joys and sorrows of caring for another creature.

“There’s an old-fashioned feel to this simple story and its timeless illustrations, created with watercolor, collage, and colored pencil and reminiscent of Goodnight Moon in mood, design, and palette …. A reassuring story about death in the natural world, thoughtfully designed and illustrated.” -Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews: Sonya's Chickens
“This lesson of the interdependence among all living things in nature is gently told, accompanied by colorful watercolor and collage illustrations that show the multicultural family’s life on a farm …. The story presents the circle of life in a very comforting but realistic manner.”- Starred Review, School Library Journal
"A warm hug on a crisp morning, Sonya’s Chickens is The Lion King‘s Circle of Life... minus the soaring orchestral arrangement."- HuffPost Books
“The brilliantly colored artwork, produced in watercolor, collage, and colored pencil, is stunning …. The circled arms of her family mimic the embrace of the fox with his kits, emphasizing the oneness of the natural world’s food chain in our interconnected world.” – Booklist


Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Illustrator, 2015

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, 2015

Best Picture Books of 2015, HuffPost Books

Best Books of 2015, School Library Journal

Best Picture Books of 2015, Kirkus Reviews