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Soojin Kwak has a degree in Illustration from Kingston University in Surrey and won second prize in the prestigious Macmillan Prize for Illustration with her first picture book, A Hat for Mr Mountain. In 2019 she won the Bologna Book Fair Silent Book Prize for her book, Starbuilders. Soojin is from South Korea, but loves spending time in the UK.
February 2020 Debut of the Month | There’s a lovely ‘what if’ challenge in this quirky and inspiring picture book. Little Nara is an expert hat maker, creating beautiful hats for the animals in her forest studio. One day she receives a letter from a new customer – can she make a hat for Mr Mountain no less? She rises to the challenge, trying out various different materials before finding exactly the right way to make a hat for a mountain. The story unfolds beautifully, and it makes a great tale of friendship, creativity and ingenuity. There’s lots to discuss while reading and this could prompt interesting STEM conversations or projects too. This is Soojin Kwak’s debut and she is definitely an illustrator to watch.