I am a children's book author illustrator and illustration tutor. As a child I loved creating and drawing characters and making up stories about them and still do! Now I spend my time thinking up new story ideas, drawing and teaching illustration. I love to visit schools, libraries and festivals such as the Barnes Children's Literary Festival. I really enjoy getting the audience (from 3 - 93!) thinking about and creating their own characters and learning what's involved in making a children's book.
I've worked in an advertising agency and a design studio and I taught art at a boy's secondary school before focusing on writing and illustrating full time although I still teach illustration, as a part time tutor in college.
My book The Lonely Giant, published by Walker Books, has publisher written teacher notes, planning and activities based around it's themes of environment, sustainability, loneliness and friendship. Here are some of the reviews for The Lonely Giant:
"This uplifting picture book is a celebration of nature and freedom" Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times.
"Sophie Ambrose debuts with a beautifully illustrated modern fable offering a poignant environmental twist." Good Reads
"There's a powerful message about the need to care for the environment here but lessons too about friendship. Sophie Ambrose's artwork is simply stunning, and this is a book to treasure." Andrea Reece lovereading4kids.co.uk
"It's absolutely beautiful and it's vital themes of respecting the environment, freedom and friendship have much to say to everyone small and large, both individuals and organisations."Jill Bennett, Books for Keeps
To Whom Would You Recommend this book? Older children aged 3 - 8 will understand the gravity of what happens in the world when people only think of themselves and destroy the environment. This is a good book for class discussion in an early elementary school class. Who should buy this book? all libraries. Should we (librarians/teachers)put this on the top of our 'to read' piles? Yes. Sandra Pacheco, Youth Services Book Review USA
I really enjoy seeing children's creativity and imagination flourish during school visits. Class sized workshops are planned to suit different age groups, so for Reception - Yr1, we read the story, have Q&A's and the children do a creative drawing activity. For older children (Yr 2 - Yr 6) I read the story, Q&A and explain how a picture book is created using examples from my sketchbooks and dummy books. Pupils then explore character creation and story structure whilst creating their own characters and stories, stretching their imagination and using literacy skills. I encourage full class participation, working in pairs and individually.
"Sophie delighted all the pupils from Nursery to Year 5 with her book The Lonely Giant and tailored workshops for each age group. The classes had lots of questions to ask her about how she wrote and illustrated her book and her enthusiastic, friendly manner encouraged the children to create their own characters and stories. in Year 3 this worked particularly well as the children had been working on an art project about the environment and with Sophie's workshop created characters and stories that fitted in with the theme. An exciting and valuable learning experience for all the pupils!" Suzanne Pink, Deputy head, All Saints C of E Primary School, London.
"My Year 1 class and I were lucky enough to have Sophie Ambrose come and visit us to read her lovely book, The Lonely Giant. She read the story to the children and then invited them to ask questions afterwards. She explained the process involved in writing, drawing and publishing the book. The class were thoroughly engaged throughout. The children then took part in an art workshop where they created beautiful forests full of animals. As they were doing this Sophie moved around the class, discussing the process and what the children were doing further. The children really enjoyed meeting Sophie and hearing the story and about the processes involved in publishing. I'd highly recommend a visit from Sophie." Emma Cooke, All Saints C of E Primary School, London.
Please do contact me to discuss how I could help promote literacy and creativity in your school.
I live in Southwest London, but am happy to travel throughout the country for visits. My fees are lower than the Society of Authors recommended fees. I charge £300 for a day (max 5 hours) or £200 for a half day (max 3 hours) plus travel expenses. I'm very happy to do book signings and can do them at lunchtime or after workshops.