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ELIZABETH LILLY is a children's book author-illustrator, animated filmmaker, and art educator. She has written and illustrated two picture books for publication: GERALDINE (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan) in 2018 and LET ME FIX YOU A PLATE (Holiday House) in 2021.

Elizabeth was raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC in a mixed family, with a Colombian mom and American dad. She and her three sisters grew up speaking two languages and living in two worlds. In college Elizabeth was determined to make a good living as an artist, and so decided to become an architect. After two miserable years of chipboard staircases, she abandoned her T-square to go make stories come alive as an animator, and later as an author and illustrator of books for children. She writes and draws about the places she has lived in, and the places that live in her.

Today Elizabeth writes and illustrates picture books, writes and directs her own animated films, gives talks about being an author to schools, and teaches drawing and illustration as an adjunct professor at Towson University. She lives in a little old house in the little old city of Baltimore, Maryland, USA with her fluffy white dog, Ponyo.

ELIZABETH is represented by literary agency Pippin Properties. Contact her agent Elena (egiovinazzo@pippinproperties.com) for children's book inquiries.



  • 2018 Junior Library Guild (JLG) selection

  • Starred reviews Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal

  • Maryland Black Eyed Susan Book Award shortlist

  • Maine Chickadee Book Award shortlist

  • PAL Award (given for best books to assist in speech therapy)