ELIZABETH LILLY is a children's book author-illustrator, editorial illustrator and animator. Her debut picture book, GERALDINE was published June 2018 by Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan).

When Elizabeth was little, she was so shy, she said almost no words at all. She just listened to and read as many words as she could find. Then when Elizabeth grew up, she found she had so much to say, her words were spilling out up, down and sideways. Just to have somewhere to put them, she began to write her words, and draw them, and say them to anyone at all.

Nowadays she loves to put her words into books, stories and animations for kids like her, who are listening and learning even when they don’t know what to say. Her fluffy white dog, Ponyo stays by her side while she writes and draws. He doesn’t have many words, but he is a great listener.

Elizabeth writes, draws, animates, talks and teaches in the little old city of Baltimore, Maryland.

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


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

  • Publisher's Weekly magazine article: selected as one of eight promising new children's literature talents featured every year as a "Flying Start" 

  • SouthernLiving feature: "Best New Children's Books Coming out Summer 2018"

  • "Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast" blog post: featured up-and-coming illustrator

  • Cynthia Leitich Smith children's book blog: in-depth interview about creative process


  • 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)