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Birgitta Sif

Is an author and illustrator originally from Iceland

Birgitta Sif was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, and lived in and around Scandinavia and America while growing up.

She completed her BFA from Cornell University, New York,

and received her masters in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, in the UK. 

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Magic Cat Publishing (UK)

Walker Books (UK)

Candlewick Press (USA)

Knopf, Random House (USA)

Andersen Press(UK)

Egmont UK (UK)

Jackson Hole Magazine (USA)

Maestro Classics (USA) 

Sandholt Bakery (Iceland)

Cornell University (USA)

Grafito (Sweden)

Forlagið (Iceland)

Aladin (Germany)

Sounds True(USA)

Macmillan UK 


Wherever You Go, My Love Will Follow (Magic Cat Publishing, 2024) 

Crimson Twill, witch in the Spotlight, (Candlewick Press 2024)

Crimson Twill, witch in the Country, (Candlewick Press 2023)

Crimson Twill, witch in the City, (Candlewick Press 2022)

HUGO, (Walker Books 2020)

My Big Dumb Invisible Dragon, (Sounds True 2019)

KIND, (Alison Green Books, Scholastic 2019)

The Tall Man and The Small Mouse, (Walker Books UK 2018)

Drawing Europe Together, (Macmillan Children's Books, 2018)

Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing, (Walker Books UK 2017)

Swish and Squeak, (Knopf, 2017)

Where My Feet Go, (Knopf, 2016)

Draw it! Colour it! Beasts, (Macmillan Children's Books 2016)


Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats, (written by Alicia Potter) (Knopf, 2015)

Draw it! Colour it! Creatures, (Macmillan Children's Books 2015)

Dreams of Freedom, (Frances Lincoln 2015)


Frances Dean, (Walker Books UK 2014)


OLIVER, (Walker Books UK 2012)


The Magnificent Moon Hare (Egmont, spring 2012)


The Magnificent Moon Hare and the Foul Treasure (Egmont, fall 2012)


Winner Bologna Children's Book Illustration, 2024

Finalist for Bologna Children's Book Illustration, 2023

Forest of Reading, Silver Birch Express Award, Crimson Twill, 2023 

Northern Lights Picture Book Award (4-8) 2020 for THE TALL MAN AND THE SMALL MOUSE

Green Earth Book Award, Longlisted 2019 for SNOWBOY AND THE LAST TREE STANDING

BIBF Ananas Illustration Award, Finalist 2018 for SNOWBOY AND THE LAST TREE STANDING

West Sussex Children’s Picture Book Award Shortlisted 2018 for SNOWBOY AND THE LAST TREE STANDING

Kate Greenaway Award, Nominated 2017 for Swish and Squeak

Kate Greenaway Award, Nominated 2016 for WHERE MY FEET GO

The Zolotow Awards, Highly Commended 2016 for MISS HAZELTINES HOME FOR SHY AND FEARFUL CATS

Japanese Sakura Medal, Nominated 2016 for Frances Dean 

Peters Book of the Year, Winner for Miss Hazeltines Home for Shy and Fearful Cats 

Children’s Choice Book Awards, Finalist 2015 for Frances Dean

Kate Greenaway Award, Nominated 2015 for Frances Dean

Kate Greenaway Award, Shortlisted  2014 for OLIVER

UKLA award, Longlisted 2014 for OLIVER

Dimmalimm Prize (Icelandic Illustration award for 2012) for OLIVER

Nordic Children and Young People’s Literature Prize, Finalist for OLIVER 2013

Honoured with the Vorvinda award for enriching Icelandic children’s culture, 2013.


Amnesty International UK endorses OLIVER because it reminds us that we are all born free and equal and we all have our own thoughts and opinions. These are some of our human rights.


Amnesty International UK endorses Frances Dean who loved to dance and dance because it reminds us to enjoy life, be proud of who we are and express ourselves freely. These are some of our human rights.

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