ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elyse Shellie is a primary school teacher and author with a passion for reading and writing children’s books that warm the heart and nourish the soul. She is currently studying for a Master of Education and in her spare time, enjoys writing book reviews on Instagram for picture books that encourage positive mental health in children. Elyse lives in Melbourne with her husband, their son (who is a Little Book Bear) and their golden retriever. Being “Mum” to their Little Book Bear is her greatest privilege in life. Elyse’s debut picture book, The Little Book of Hopes (illustrated by Evie Barrow), was inspired by an Instagram post she had written for her son about the hopes she has for him. After a lengthy discussion with her husband about boys’ mental health and the mental health of children in general, she decided to develop her post into a children’s book.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Evie Barrow is an Australian artist and illustrator, specialising in children’s picture books. Her debut picture book, Horatio Squeak, written by Karen Foxlee, was published in 2019. She has since illustrated an additional six picture books. The Little Book of Hopes is number eight. Her character-driven style celebrates colour and texture, while also exploring the imperfections made by hand. Her favourite tool is the coloured pencil.