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 Grammy nominations in 2016 and 2018 for album art design. She's also an occasional maker of editorial illustration, having worked for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Poetry Magazine, 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.
Fine art gallery representation by Nationale.
Please email info(at)nationale.us with questions about available work.
Book art gallery representation by R. Michelson Galleries
Please email rm(at)rmichelson.com to inquire about book illustrations for sale.
Please direct all other inquiries, including anything illustration-related and speaking engagement queries, to Steve Malk at Writers House.
Phone: (858) 678-8767
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN:
THE SHORTEST DAY by Susan Cooper
THE WHIZ MOB AND THE GRENADINE KID by Colin Meloy
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
Speaking at The Power of Storytelling in Bucharest
Brain Pickings: DU IZ TAK?
DU IZ TAK? in the New York Times Book Review
HOME in the New York Times Book Review
Colin and I speaking at Salon@615
Brain Pickings: HOME
HOME book trailer
Art of the Picture Book
A Day In The Life on Design*Sponge
WeMake in my studio
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