As a child, Ellen was often found with her nose in between the pages of a book. She was raised in the suburbs of New Jersey and spent many weekends at the library.
She went on to get her BFA in Illustration from RISD and works as a designer in California and a freelance children’s book illustrator. She thinks children’s books are her calling since the excitement of slapping down a color and the response when sharing illustration makes her feel like she’s on top of the world. She is inspired by everyday life, nature, and color, and you can find her listening to audiobooks, binge-watching movies, or enjoying the nature.
“The gentle text [has] a very positive outlook… One can only wish that ‘world pizza’ could solve our planet’s problems.” — Kirkus Reviews for ‘World Pizza’
“Shi’s soft, winsome illustrations show a diverse array of people enjoying pizza the world over . . . the gentle, optimistic message is carried well.” — Booklist for ‘World Pizza’
“Vivid autumn foliage is generally considered to be a thing of beauty, but those unfamiliar colors spell danger to a young frog. Yolen doesn’t rush Little Frog’s emotional turnaround. Shi’s inviting mixed-media landscapes make it clear that the amphibian is never in danger…reasoned reactions to her own nervousness hint at ways readers might tackle their own fears.” — Publisher’s Weekly for ‘Little Frog and the Spring Polliwogs’