Elina Ellis - Illustrator


Elina was born in Ukraine and never in a million years thought that she would end up in Cambridge, UK, illustrating books for children. In fact, Elina had a degree in economics and was determined to be a business lady. But life decided differently, and Elina’s passion for drawing won out over her passion for economics.#Recently, Elina graduated with an MA in children’s book illustration from Anglia Ruskin University. She has also won a couple of prestigious competitions, including the Macmillan Prize 2017 for the best picture book.#Now Elina dedicates all her time and efforts to imagining stories and drawing pictures. She works both digitally and using traditional media. She creates her own books and illustrates books for others. For her, there is no greater reward than knowing that her stories and drawings make people smile.~Instagram: @elinaellis~Facebook: @elina.ellis


  • Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind

    2024 - 2023-2024 Chickadee Award, Maine Association of School Libraries, Nominated

    2024 - Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Association School Division (WLA), Nominated

    2023 - Willow Awards, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards, Short-Listed

    2022 - Gold Standard, Junior Library Guild, Commended

    2023 - 2023-2024 Kentucky Bluegrass Award K-2, Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL), Nominated

    2023 - 2023-2024 Picture Book of the Year, Surrey Schools, Nominated

    2023 - 2023-2024 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr., Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), Nominated

    2024 - Great Lakes Great Books Award; K – 1 category, Michigan Reading Association, Nominated

    2022 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC), Short-Listed

  • The Reptile Club

    2020 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Commended

    2019 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2019 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards, Finalist

    2018 - OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2018 - The Globe 100: Favourite Books of 2018, The Globe and Mail, Listed

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