Carson Ellis

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Carson Ellis
Born (1975-10-05)5 October 1975
Vancouver, Canada
Nationality American
Education University of Montana
Known for Painting, Drawing, Printmaking
Spouse(s) Colin Meloy

Carson Friedman Ellis (born October 5, 1975) is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. She is best known for her children's book illustrations and her album art.


Ellis is an award-winning illustrator of several children's books, including the New York Times Bestsellers Wildwood, written by Colin Meloy,[1] The Composer is Dead, written by Lemony Snicket,[2] and The Mysterious Benedict Society, written by Trenton Lee Stewart.[3] She received a 2010 Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for her art in Dillweed's Revenge, by Florence Parry Heide.[4] She collaborated again with Meloy on the second and third novels in the Wildwood Chronicles series, Under Wildwood(2012) and Wildwood Imperium (2014)

She is also well known for her work with the indie folk rock band The Decemberists, for whom she has created album art, t-shirts, websites, posters, and stage sets. Her album covers for the Decemberists include The Crane Wife, Her Majesty the Decemberists, Castaways and Cutouts, The Hazards of Love, and the EPs 5 Songs and The Tain. She has also created artwork for other musicians, such as Laura Veirs, Beat Circus, and Weezer.

List of works[edit]

As author and illustrator[edit]

  • Home (Candlewick, 24 February 2015)

As illustrator only[edit]

  • The Mysterious Benedict Society series, written by Trenton Lee Stewart (Little, Brown)
    • The Mysterious Benedict Society (1 April 2008)
    • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (1 May 2008)
    • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma (6 October 2009)
    • Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums (11 October 2011)
    • The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (10 April 2012)
  • The Composer Is Dead, written by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins, 3 March 2009)
  • The Beautiful Stories of Life, written by Cynthia Rylant (Harcourt Children's, 4 May 2009)
  • Stagecoach Sal, written by Deborah Hopkinson (Hyperion, 4 September 2009)
  • Dillweed's Revenge, written by Florence Parry Heide (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 6 September 2010)

Personal life[edit]

Carson Ellis is married to Decemberists singer Colin Meloy, whom she met as a college roommate creating posters for his alt-country band Tarkio. She and Meloy have two children, Henry "Hank" Meloy and Milo Cannonball Meloy .[5] She has also made and continues to make all of the CD artwork for her husband's current band, The Decemberists.


  1. ^ "Best Sellers: Children's Chapter Books". The New York Times. September 18, 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Dixler, Elsa (April 5, 2009). "Best Sellers: Children's Picture Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Children's Books". The New York Times. August 10, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dillweed's Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic". Society of Illustrators. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  5. ^ Meloy, Colin (March 15, 2013). "Meloy tweets about new addition to the Ellis & Meloy family". Twitter. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 

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