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ELIZABETH LILLY (she/her) is an author, illustrator, animator and educator. Elizabeth’s work deals with the difficulty of understanding and loving yourself, and the celebration of your true self once you find it. She struggled to find her own identity growing up, but now finds pride and joy in her own identity as a lesbian, biracial Colombian Latina.


Her work has won many distinctions and awards, including starred reviews in major publications, the Junior Library Guild Selection, the Charlotte Zolotow Honor for picture book writing, the 2021 list of ALA Notable books, and the Publishers’ Weekly list of the Best Picture Books of 2021.  

Elizabeth’s illustrations feature pen-and-ink drawings that are loose and concise and deeply expressive of her characters’ nuanced emotions. Elizabeth also practices 2D frame-by-frame character animation and is working on her first animated short film. When she is not writing, painting or drawing, Elizabeth teaches illustration, drawing and storytelling as an adjunct professor at Towson University. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her partner and white fluffy dog, Ponyo.


Short bio:

Elizabeth Lilly (she/her) is an author, illustrator, animator and educator. She is the author-illustrator of two picture books, and the illustrator of two others. Her books have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, been named Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Book of 2021, and have earned starred reviews as well as the Junior Library Guild Selection. When she’s not creating stories, she teaches illustration, animation and drawing as an adjunct professor and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.



  • 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)

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