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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

Moon Day

Discover more about space in Look Up! by Nathan Bryon from Puffin 

7 months ago

Teddy Bear Picnic Day

A beary good book My Dad Is A Grizzly Bear by Swapna Haddow from Macmillan Children's Books

7 months ago

Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola

Out now! Speak Up! by Nathan Bryon, illustrated by Dapo Adeola. Published by Puffin.

9 months ago

S.T.E.M. - S.T.E.A.M. Day (US)

Discover Look Up! by Nathan Bryon. Published by Puffin.

1 year ago

Hug a Bear Day

A remarkable book that your children will love. My Dad Is A Grizzly Bear by Swapna Haddow.

1 year ago

Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola

Out now! Rocket Rules by Nathan Bryon, illustrated by Dapo Adeola. Published by Puffin.

2 years ago

Swapna Haddow and Dapo Adeola

Out now! My Mum is a Lioness by Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Dapo Adeola. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.

2 years ago

Malorie Blackman and Dapo Adeola

Out now! We’re Going to Find the Monster by Malorie Blackman, illustrated by Dapo Adeola. Published by Puffin.

2 years ago

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