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

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, does freelance illustration for publishing and animation projects, writes and directs her own animated films, gives talks about being an author to schools, and will soon be teaching as a professor of drawing and illustration. She lives in a little old house in the little old city of Baltimore, MD 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.


  • 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)