About me

The daughter of a puppeteer and a physicist, Emmeline grew up in a television-free household surrounded by books. She is trained as a barber and holds degrees in costume design and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. After enjoying a successful career as a theatrical wig maker at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, she has now turned her attention to illustrating full-time. When she’s not knee deep in colored pencils she can be found wrangling her horde of kids, dreaming of taking a nap, or eating bacon. She is available for school presentations, art workshops, or lessons in wig making. If she could be any animal in the world, she would be a gorilla. She now lives in Southern California (and yes, California, you do have delicious avocados.)

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Gold Medal winner, Purple Dragonfly Award, 'Best Picture Book Ages 6 and Older' for 'Beasties' (2016)

Silver Medal winner, Moonbeam Award, for 'Ida May's Borrowed Trouble' (2014)

Gold Medal winner, Purple Dragonfly Award, ‘Best Illustration’ for ‘Ida May’s Borrowed Trouble’ (2014)

Honorable Mention, Purple Dragonfly Award for ‘Ida May’s Borrowed Trouble’ (2014)

Silver Medal winner, Moonbeam Award, for ‘Voices Across the Lakes’ (2013)

Winner, SCBWI-MN Illustrator Mentorship Award (2011-2012)