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Speaker Profile - Sophia Gholz


Region: Florida
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Sophia Gholz is an award-winning children's book author, music lover and magic seeker. Sophia enjoys writing fiction with humor and heart. When writing nonfiction, she pulls on her love of science and her strong family background in ecology. Since 2017, Sophia has helped oversee the Henry L. Gholz SEEDS National Field Trip Endowment for The Ecological Society of America, funding ecological field experiences for students from diverse backgrounds. She is also a founding board member of, a nonprofit organization focused on early literacy initiatives. Previously, Sophia worked as an advertising copywriter and made a career working with visual artists in New York City. Sophia’s debut book, The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng, received the Florida State Book Award Gold Medal, a Eureka! Nonfiction Honor Award and was named a 2020 Green Earth Honor Book. Sophia's newest title, Jack Horner: Dinosaur Hunter (Sleeping Bear Press) chronicles the life of world-famous paleontologist, Jack Horner, and will be available Fall 2021. When she’s not writing from her home base in Florida, you can find Sophia reading a book, making art or exploring the great outdoors with her family. For more, visit Sophia online with the links below:


Green Earth Book Award Honor 2020
SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner
Keystone to Reading Book Award shortlist 2020-2021, Intermediate Books
Florida State Book Award Gold Medal Young Children's Literature 2019-2020
CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2020
Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Honor Award, California Reading Association
Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) Winner, 2019
Florida Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Rising Kite Award, 2018 Fiction Picture Book
Florida Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Rising Kite Award, 2017 Nonfiction

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Twitter: @SophiaGholz
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