SHE’S done it again.
Orange-based illustrator Freya Blackwood has been recognised for her artistic merit with another win in the Children’s Book Council awards.
Ms Blackwood was presented with her award for her latest work based on the theme of a magical suitcase given to a child to start school instead of a backpack at a ceremony in Canberra yesterday.
“When the child takes the suitcase to school instead of a backpack it sparks the imagination of the children and the story goes from there,” she said.
The illustrations accompanied the words of author Emma Allen in the delightful early childhood book The Terrible Suitcase.
Speaking from Canberra yesterday after she had been presented with her award Ms Blackwood was thrilled.
“It is lovely to be recognised,” she said.
The daughter of an architect father and a mother with a passion for painting, Ms Blackwood early childhood was fertile ground for her to develop her skills.
In 2007 she received accolades for Amy and Louie and was presented with her first award by the Children’s Book Council.
The gorgeous illustrations of Maudie and Bear which drew on some of the architectural aspects of historic buildings in Orange was a subsequent winner.
This year’s win follows on from The Runaway Hug which also caught the eye of the judges last year.
Ms Blackwood said she was particularly impressed yesterday with a performance by schoolchildren who interpreted excerpts from The Terrible Suitcase.