Summer update from the balcony with the mama mourning dove.

Maya – South Asia Book Award Winner!


Maya (Owlkids, 2016) is the winner for Gr. 5 and under. The other award book, presented for grades 6 and under up, is “What Elephants Know” by Eric Dinerstein (Disney-Hyperion Books, 2016). It is such an honour. Mahak Jain and I will be attending the SABA ceremony this October in Michigan and plan on doing some school visits.

Waltz of the Snowflakes  – Preorder


You can now preorder my next book, Waltz of the Snowflakes!

A Most Magical Girl – Readings Children’s Fiction Book Prize winner 2017


Such wonderful news for Karen Foxlee! I’m so happy to be connected to this book. I did the cover art and interior illustrations.

Here is a link for information on the book and award.





Proofs for Red Sky At Night!

This spring I have been working on a book that uses old weather folklore to tell the story of a grandpa and his grandchildren taking a camping trip. It will be published by Tundra next spring. I have been working with the same people that I worked on the Anne of Green Gables series with, Tara Walker and Kelly Hill. ❤



Mama Mourning Dove and our new pal Griffin

She is sitting on her second round of eggs! The chicks are often in the garden. I love having her here on the balcony from my studio. Even better… we got a puppy! We are all so in love with Griffin.


Wishing everyone a wonderful summer! ~Elly

A Most Magical Girl & The Mazza

Happy Book Birthday to A Most Magical Girl
by Karen Foxlee  ~ August 2, 2016! (Alfred. A. Knopf)

“Karen Foxlee takes readers on an extraordinary journey from the depths of a secret world beneath city streets to the starry skies above London rooftops – a world where magic can be seen in puddles and teacups and heart lights lead the way home.” (jacket)

★ “Clever” – Booklist, starred
★ “Elegant and accessible.” – Publishers Weekly, starred (Best Book of the Year)
★ ” Deliciously complex and convincingly detailed.” – Kirkus, starred 

I was so excited to work on the cover and interior illustrations for this book. Here is the cover and one of the interiors.



A Most Magical Girl Knopf - 1

Congrats Karen! It is an enchanting read.


The Mazza Museum

I was so honoured to present at the Mazza Museum: International Art from Picture Books summer conference this July.  The museum holds a collection of over 11,000 original pieces of picture book art. They even have a gallery dedicated to paper engineering! I found some of my favourites… Frog and Toad, Max drawings from Where the Wild Things Are, plasticine art from Barbara Reid and the moiré art from Gallop. (If you are curious about the hand – they cast our hands! How cool?!)

It is rare that so many kindred spirits are in one place at one time. I loved learning from all of you talented authors and illustrators! My kids are enjoying your books so much! These were the presenters this year –Mazza Summer 2016. Some personal highlights from the talks I took in: Mary Louise Gay explaining the “Show and Tell” of picture books; Lizzy Rockwell talking about how picture books can bring about social well being, Lita Judge’s inspiring story of growing up in the wilderness and how it has influenced her books, Steve Light’s pen collection (really!), and Randall de Seve’s thoughts on the power of picture books and how they influence us later in life. It is an inspiring week. I felt so lucky to be a part of it. I’ve never given a talk to such a large crowd but it was far less daunting than I expected – thanks to the warm welcome. Benjamin E. Sapp, Kerry Teeple, Dan Chudzinski, Matt Bower, the staff and the volunteers at the Mazza you are amazing!



Other News

The CBC suggests Butterfly Park for a great summer read! CBC Summer Reading

The Kirkus Canadian Edition features Maya!

Teachers, I’ve updated the activities you can find for my books: Activities

We held a Beach Baby book party at the beach. So happy to finally met you Laurie Elmquist!

The Eden Mills Writer’s Festival is coming up . If you are there, come by and say hello! I’ll be presenting on the 18th of September.

And the Virginia Children’s Book Festival is on from October 13-15!



It is so good to be home. Here are my little swimmers (photos by their grandfather, Steve Irvine). Enjoy your summer my friends! ~Elly