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Dapo Adeola

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About Dapo Adeola

Dapo Adeola is an illustrator, author and character designer who was awarded Illustrator of the Year at The British Book Awards in 2022. Dapo rocketed into the picture book world with his greatly acclaimed illustrator debut, Look Up!, written by Nathan Bryon and published by Puffin in 2019, which won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2020. Dapo illustrated My Dad is a Grizzly Bear and My Mum Is a Lioness written by award-winning author Swapna Haddow (both published by Macmillan Children's Books), and collaborated with Malorie Blackman on their picture book We're Going to Find the Monster!

Dapo made his author debut in 2021 with the Puffin published picture book Hey You!: An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black, featuring 18 talented Black British illustrators, which also went on to win Illustrated book of the year at The British Book Awards in 2022. Dapo was announced as the winner of the inaugural Illustrator of the Year Award for The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (the Lollies), which celebrates the best and funniest children's books in the UK and Ireland, voted for by children in 2023.

Born in Britain and of Nigerian heritage, Dapo is an avid believer in the importance of equal representation in the creative arts. He currently lives in London.

Recent updates about Dapo Adeola

Summer Solstice - Longest Day of the Year

Tomorrow is the longest day of the year. Read about time in Rocket Rules by Nathan Bryon from Puffin

3 days ago

Summer Solstice - Longest Day of the Year

Tomorrow is the longest day of the year. Read about time in Rocket Rules by Nathan Bryon from Penguin Random House Children's UK

3 days ago

Refugee Week

There’s no place like it... Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon from Puffin

3 days ago

Refugee Week

There’s no place like it... Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon from Penguin Random House Children's UK

3 days ago

Eat Your Vegetables Day

Vegetables might be your worst nightmare or in your favourite dreams. Read Hey You! by Dapo Adeola from Puffin (it’s all about dreams)

6 days ago

Superman Day

A heroic read for a super day! Rocket Rules by Nathan Bryon from Penguin Random House Children's UK 

11 days ago

World Dracula Day

We're Going to Find the Monster by Malorie Blackman from Penguin Random House Children's UK really is a monster book!

28 days ago

World Turtle Day

Who lives there? Discover We're Going to Find the Monster a great book by Malorie Blackman from Penguin Random House Children's UK 

1 month ago

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