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

The Reptile Club

2020 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Honour Book
2019 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards, Finalist
2019 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2018 - The Globe 100: Favourite Books of 2018, The Globe and Mail, Listed
2018 - OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association, Winner