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    Lerner Publishing Group > Author-Illustrator-Details
    About our Illustrator
    Ellen Harasimowicz
    Ellen Harasimowicz is a freelance photographer in the Boston area. She has collaborated with Loree Griffin Burns on two other children's books—The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe and Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard—both of which received the Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books. For the past several years, Ellen has raised butterflies at her home in Massachusetts, photographing their life cycles and sharing the caterpillars and pupae with young children. Visit her online at
    AAAS/Subaru SB&
    F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
    ALA Notable Children's Books
    Building STEAM with Día Book List
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Maryland Blue Crab Award
    NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
    Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards
    4 questions for Ellen Harasimowicz
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    When I was child my favorite book was The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop and Kurt Wiese, primarily because of the double spread showing the brother who could "stretch and stretch and stretch his legs." I loved that I had to turn the book sideways to read it.
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    My favorite line from a children's book is, "Skit skat skoodle doot. Flip flop flee." From Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert.
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    Don & Audrey Wood, Eric Carle, and Chris Van Allsburg
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    When my three sons were young, I was a graphic designer in Harvard Square. Most days I spent my lunch break perusing the children's department of the many bookstores, often buying a new book instead of buying lunch. I couldn't wait to get home and see their faces light up as we set off on another adventure between the covers of a book.