Carson Ellis is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture books Home and Du Iz Tak? (a Caldecott Honor book and the recipient of an E.B. White Read Aloud Award). She has illustrated a number of books for kids including bestsellers The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and The Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy (who happens to be her husband). Carson has been awarded silver medals by the Society of Illustrators for her work on Wildwood Imperium and on Dillweed's Revenge by Florence Parry Heide. She's the illustrator-in-residence for Colin's band, The Decemberists, and received a Grammy nomination in 2016 for the design of their last LP, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. She's also an occasional maker of editorial illustration, having worked for The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, and The New Yorker, among many others, and an even more occasional fine artist represented by Nationale in Portland.
Carson lives on a farm in Oregon with Colin, their two sons, one cat, two llamas, two goats, one sheep, ten chickens, a family of barn owls and an unfathomable multitude of tree frogs.
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN:
DU IZ TAK?
THE WILDWOOD CHRONICLES by Colin Meloy
DILLWEED’S REVENGE by Florence Parry Heide
STAGECOACH SAL by Deborah Hopkinson
THE BEAUTIFUL STORIES OF LIFE by Cynthia Rylant
THE COMPOSER IS DEAD by Lemony Snicket
THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY by Trenton Lee Stewart
Brain Pickings: DU IZ TAK?
DU IZ TAK? in the New York Times Book Review
HOME in the New York Times Book Review
All the Wonders of Home
Brain Pickings: HOME
HOME book trailer
Mac Barnett and I: Number 5 Bus
drawing demo for The Globe and Mail
A Day In The Life on Design*Sponge
WeMake in my studio
Pencil vs Pixel
State of Wonder
a starred review for HOME from Publishers Weekly
WILDWOOD in The Atlantic
WILDWOOD in the New York Times Book Review
WILDWOOD on Design*Sponge
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Colin and I tell you all about WILDWOOD