Picture Books

It’s a real book! And a Junior Library Guild selection! I hope this book will help to keep this folk wisdom alive and get kids to look closely at the natural world. It is a collection of weather sayings that follow the story of a grandfather taking his grandchildren on a camping trip. They have to get home before the storm arrives. The back of the book shares information on which sayings are true and why. This one is dear to my heart and I am so excited to share it. I loved working on this with @kelly_anne_hill and @tarawalker19. And thankful for advice from @kallie.george and meteorologist Phil Chadwick. 

Interested in the science behind the sayings in Red Sky at Night? Meteorologist, Phil Chadwick dives deeper for us, here: http://philtheforecaster.blogspot.com/

Red Sky At Night

Tundra / Penguin Random House Canada  - May, 2018 - Elly MacKay

Junior Library Guild Selection
Quill and Quire [Starred Review]
Shelf Awareness [Starred Review] - "Elly MacKay's Red Sky at Night is an ode to the natural world and human appreciation of it."
CM Magazine - 4/4 Highly Recommended
New York Times - New Enchanting Picture Books (May, 2018)



Waltz of the Snowflakes

Running Press - 2017 - Elly MacKay

Junior Library Guild Selection
Kirkus [Starred Review]
Theatrical, magical, and very much of the season as seeing The Nutcracker itself. -School Library Journal [Starred Review]
A wordless picture book about seeing 'The Nutcracker' is an inspired idea, and with utterly enchanting diorama art, MacKay makes it feel like an event. (You might want to put on fancy holiday clothes just to read it.) -The New York Times



Owlkids - 2016 - Mahak Jain, Elly MacKay

Winner of the South Asian Book Awards  - Grade 5 and under
CBC Books - Best Books of the Year
CCBC Best Book for Kids and Teens [Starred Selection]
Canadian Children's Book Centre - Best Books of the Year
49th Shelf - Best Books of the Year
School Library Journal - Best Books of the Year -Fuse 8 Production
Richly poetic...engaging...gorgeous... Papa once told Maya that "a story was like a bird," flying us to somewhere unknown and always changing us. And so it is with this book.
Canadian Children's Book News

An important and subtle story of love, loss, beauty, and joy. - Kirkus [Starred Review]


Beach Baby

Orca - 2016 - Laurie Elmquist, Elly MacKay

Dreamy artwork and verse reassure readers who are headed to bed...Enchanting, engaging, and restful. - Publishers Weekly [Starred Review]


Butterfly Park 

Running Press - 2015 - Elly MacKay

Junior Library Guild Selection
Indigo - Heather's Pick
Forest of Reading - Blue Spruce Award - Honour Book
Quill and Quire [Starred Review]
Readings - Best Picture Books of 2015
Top 2015 Mighty Girl Books for Young Readers
Each intricately detailed page is like some tiny, delicate stage set, with a blurred background suggesting an even wider world beyond.
—The New York Times


Fall Leaves

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2014 - Loretta Holland, Elly MacKay

Ethereal and lovely...gives a sense of time standing still as nature starts to slow down in preparation for the winter. - Booklist


Shadow Chasers

Running Press - 2014 - Elly MacKay

Best books of the Year [Children and Teen] 2014- Amazon
TD Summer Reading Club Pick
Intriguing illustrations draw readers into a meditation on shadows...Playful and more than just a little mysterious—like a shadow-puppet play in full color. - Kirkus


If You Hold a Seed

Running Press

Original Art Show Exhibition - Society of Illustrators
Indigo - Heather's Pick
Ontario Library Association - Best Bets Top Ten  Books for Children
Forest of Reading - Blue Spruce Award - Nominee
TD Summer Reading Club Pick
PBS Best Gardening Books for Kids
All of [MacKay's] forethought and preparation has fittingly paid off in a story that is as surprising as it is nakedly inspirational. —Huffington Post