Sophia Gholz

Sophia Gholz is an award-winning children's book author, music lover, magic seeker, and avid reader. 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. When she’s not writing from her home base in Florida, you can find Sophia reading, making art or exploring the great outdoors with her family.

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• Green Earth Book Award Honor 2020
• South Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee 2020-21
• SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner
• Keystone to Reading Book Award shortlist 2020-21, Intermediate Books
• Florida State Book Award Gold Medal Young Children's Literature 2019-20
• Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2020, Children’s Book Council and NCSS
• Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Honor Award, California Reading Association • Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) Winner, 2019
• CBHL Annual Literature Award Nominee 2020
• RWR Best Book of 2019, Most Inspirational Books category
• 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
• 2020 Martin Luther King "Living the Dream" Book Award nominee
• Nile Book Award, Delta Nile Shortlist and Nominee, 2021-22