Elise Primavera has been writing and illustrating books for children for over twenty-five years. Her illustrations for RAISING DRAGONS (Silver Whistle, 1998) by Jerdine Nolen. received a 1999 Christopher Award, the 1999 Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children¹s Literature from the Bank Street College of Education, and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. Newsweek, Sesame Street Parent¹s magazine, and Smithsonian Magazine selected the book as one of the best of 1998. In 1999 she created her national best-selling book AUNTIE CLAUS which has since sold over half a million copies and is in active development for an animated feature film. In 2004 she was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House. In 2006 Elise wrote and illustrated her first novel, THE SECRET ORDER OF THE GUMM STREET GIRLS which was optioned by Sony Pictures Animation.
Since then she has written and illustrated LIBBY of HIGH HOPES and MS. RAPSCOTT’S GIRLS which was an Indie’s Next Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month and a SIBA bestseller.
Currently she is working on the sequel to MS. RAPSCOTT’S GIRLS due out Fall 2016 as well as several chapter book/picture book projects.