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for Sophia Gholz, Children's Book Author


Sophia Gholz is an award-winning children's book author, music lover and magic seeker. 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. Her newest title, Jack Horner: Dinosaur Hunter, chronicles the life of world-famous paleontologist Jack Horner and will be released Fall 2021. When she’s not writing from her home base in Florida, you can find Sophia reading a book, making art or exploring the great outdoors with her family. For more, visit Sophia online:



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  • The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng

      illustrated by Kayla Harren (Sleeping Bear Press, March 2019)

  • Jack Horner: Dinosaur Hunter

      illustrated by Dave Shephard (Sleeping Bear Press, August 2021)



  • Author TV Appearance on The Buzz:

  • Book trailer for The Boy Who Grew A Forest:

  • *Starred review* "Gholz's respect for Jadav's accomplishments shines through in her endearing presentation of his life...The Boy Who Grew a Forest celebrates an incredible man and arouses in its audience a respect for nature that may motivate them to follow in Jadav's footsteps. Superb." —Shelf Awareness

  • "Payeng’s story is eloquently told and beautifully illustrated. It will inspire readers to recognize the power of individual determination..." — Booklist

  • "No reader will fail to appreciate the work of this man after reading The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng written by Sophia Gholz with illustrations by Kayla Harren. If one man can do this, think what all of us working together can accomplish. This just isn't a book for Arbor Day or Earth Day or a unit on plants, trees or biographies, this is a book for now." — Librarian’s Quest

  • "...Children will marvel at the story of Jadav Payeng’s dedication and lifelong perseverance told through Gholz’s lyrical text...A gorgeous and beautifully told story about the power of one, The Boy Who Grew a Forest will excite children to make a difference in their own way..."  — Celebrate Picture Books

  • South Asian titles to look forward to from Kitaab World: "This inspiring story has a lesson for us all!"

  • "...the story provides young children with a real-life example of the connections between man and nature." — Kirkus

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Sophia is represented by the Liza Royce Agency,


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