About me and my work:
I'm a children's author and illustrator who lives in Devon, England.
I created young fiction series Horace & Harriet, a highly illustrated series aimed at ages 5 and up. The books follows the delightfully silly adventures of a 17th century statue called Horace, and a brilliant seven year old girl called Harriet. The series has been featured in Just Imagine’s Reading Gladiators reading scheme for 2019 and is published by Oxford University Press.
I have also illustrated dozens of popular children’s books, including the best-selling Flying Fergus series written by Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy and Joanna Nadin, Furry Friends by Holly Webb, Maisie Mae by Poppy Harper, Spies in Disguise by Kate Scott and The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie by Jamie Rix.
About my visits:
I love visiting schools, libraries and bookshops and I regularly appear at children's literary festivals. I am happy being interviewed and have recorded both podcasts and live radio. In 2018 I was featured on Blue Peter and CBBC Book Club alongside the rest of the Flying Fergus team... and I have to Blue Peter badge to prove it!
My school visits involve a high energy talk, audience participation, reading of my books and LOTS of drawing from both me and the children (and any adults!) I talk about how I became an author and illustrator, and how anyone can use simple ideas to form the basis of an imaginative story. (This usually involves turning a simple drawing of a square into a bikini wearing, skateboarding elephant. Just you wait...!) I leave time for questions and book signing, and can help schools run a book sale.
My work is most successfully aimed at Years 3 and 4, but I am delighted to talk to all age groups from reception to Year 6, and can tailor my visits to anything from small classroom workshops to large assembly talks.
I am also happy to do visits to older children or to higher education, to talk about the process of writing and illustrating for children.
Some words about Horace & Harriet:
'Horace and Harriet are Captain Pugwash and Tom the Cabin Boy for today's generation! In her author/illustrator debut, Clare Elsom has created highly designed layouts and a stylish limited-colour palette. There is humour and heart in the relationship between the pompous Horace and the resourceful Harriet that children will love.' Oxford University Press
"Clare Elsom has created lovable, unforgettable characters who jump off the page, grab us by the hand and pull us into their uproarious and delightful tale." TES, Anna Tomlinson, Valley Park Primary School
Horace and Harriet’ is a quirky new series written & illustrated by Clare Elsom which is full of so much chaos, misadventure and humour that it’s bound to delight younger readers, with its many laugh out loud moments. Superbly illustrated with a wonderful attention to detail, a really fun and appealing book." Book Lover Jo