Elysse has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. Drawing, or creating anything really, is one of her biggest passions in life! She loves working with a variety of traditional mediums such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic, and pretty much anything she can get her hands on. She and her wonderful husband are recently married and love writing their "happily ever after" together every day. Elysse's other interests include birdwatching, music, the color yellow, and thinking up crazy ideas for books. She also enjoys cooking/eating yummy food and curling up with a good book. Her love for children's books as a child (and as an adult) inspired her to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a children's book illustrator.
Candy Kingdom - The Bored Game (book 1)
by Jenny Griffith
Illustrated by Elysse Hopkins
When Ellie and her brother Zeb get dropped off for vacation at Grandma's house, they know they are in for a rough summer. No TV, raisin cookies, a very grumpy cat, and everything fun is off limits! And what's up with the secret, locked room and its closet full of forbidden games?
A board game with bright colors and sugary-looking pieces keeps calling to Ellie. When Grandma sort of gives them permission to try it, they jump at the chance. With one flick of the spinner, things get sticky. Ellie and Zeb are swept into an adventure, both sweet and scary in the Candy Kingdom!
Paperback, ages 7-12, 6"x9"
I Hope Your Dreams Are Sweet
by Steppie Morris
Illustrations by Elysse Hopkins
By day, kids know just what to do;
they work to make a mess or two.
But nighttime comes, and eyes do droop,
as over them their parents stoop
to kiss and hug just one more time
as they slip off to dreams sublime.
Follow this family as they go through their evening routine for the perfect way to end a hectic day, help children wind down and start a peaceful, restful night, blanketed by love, hope, and affection.
Hardcover, ages 2-8, 8.5"x8.5"