Ellen Fischer

Ellen Fischer was born in St. Louis. Following graduation from Washington University, she taught children with special needs and then ESL at a Jewish Day School. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband. They have three children.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Saggy Baggy Elephant by K.& B. Jackson (A Little Golden Book)

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Goodnight nobody,” from Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown. Only two words, but they always bring a smile.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Maurice Sendak, Leo Lionni and Lauren Child

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love watching the faces of children as I read them a wonderful book. Whether it’s my children, grandchildren or my students, their enthusiasm and delight inspire me to create my own stories.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read, read, read!  Join a critique group and have a lot of patience.