Books illustrated by Elaine Clayton

The Georges and the Jewels, by Jane Smiley

42 Miles, by Tracy Vaughn Zimmer

Girl Coming in for a Landing, by April Halprin Wayland

hamlet chronicles

The "Hamlet Chronicles" series, by Gregory Maguire: Six Haunted Hairdos, Five Alien Elves. Four Stupid Cupids, Three Rotten Eggs, A Couple of April Fools, One Final Firecracker

The Boy with the Dinosaur Hands, by Al Carusone

Show and Tell, by Stephanie Greene

The Ghost of Lizard Light, by Elvira Woodruff

Illustration portfolio

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A Blue Ribbon for Sugar

"The corral full of young horse fans will love the close-ups of riding and pony care, and they'll find the story to be a sweet treat."—Booklist

Bonnie dreams of riding horses: racing around barrels at the rodeo, jumping fences in the steeplechase, lassoing cattle out on the range. When Sugar, Bonnie's beloved plastic pony, pops a spring and Bonnie's dad takes her for riding lessons on a real horse, her dreams come true. She learns how to walk, trot, and take her first jumps, and how to tack, groom, and care for a horse. Then, as summer truns into fall, comes Bonnie's first horse show—with a blue ribbon for her, and surprise for Sugar, too.

A Blue Ribbon for Sugar captures the joy and excitement of riding a horse for the very first time. Carefully researched, full of information and detail, and lovingly illustrated with bright, energetic watercolors, it's the perfect primer for the child who dreams of learning to ride.

A Blue Ribbon for Sugar
Written and illustrated by Elaine Clayton
Roaring Brook Press, 2006
10 x 8 inches, 32 pages. ISBN 1-59643-1571-1

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The Yeoman's Daring Daughter
and the Princes in the Tower

"Akin to Shakespeare in Love for the juvenile market. . . . An exciting tale, made imaginable."—Chicago Tribune

"A lively introduction to one of England's most enduring mysteries."—Publishers Weekly

"Delightful."—Kirkus Reviews

Dear Reader,

Do you know a real prince? I do. I know two of them! And one of them is to be crowned the next king of England. I'm to help sew the coronation robes. But last night, I oeverheard a very wicked plan. And if I don't help the princes quickly, they may be locked in the tower forever!

Based on a fascinating chapter in English history and told through the secret correspondence between a guard's daughter and Prince Edward and Prince Richard of England, The Yeoman's Daring Daughter and the Princes in the Tower imagines an exciting solution to a very real royal mystery.

The Yeoman's Daring Daughter and the Princes in the Tower
Written and illustrated by Elaine Clayton
Crown Books for Young Readers, 1999
8 x 10 inches, 32 pages. ISBN 0-517-70984-8

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Ella's Trip to the Museum

"Captures that giddy feeling of pure sensory overload that one sometimes gets when walking into a museum for the very first time."—New York Times Book Review. Read review

"Shows without a doubt that fine art should transport its viewers."—Publishers Weekly

In a museum, almost anything can happen. At least, that's what Ella discovers on a visit with her school group. Paintings wave to her. Angels sing. And is she imagining things, or is that staue dancing?

Whether it's real or imagined, fact or fiction, one thing is for certain—Ella definitely knows how to visit a museum. And she's sure to show children and adults what magical and mysterious things can happen when you really look at art.

Ella's Trip to the Museum
Written and illustrated by Elaine Clayton
Crown Books for Young Readers, 1996
10 x 8 inches, 32 pages. ISBN 0-517-70080-8

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Pup in School

Pup loves school. He loves playing with blocks, finding magic rocks, and reading in the big chair. But when Rodney-dog comes around, he spoils all the fun. How can Pup say no to the bossiest dog in school?

Written with warmth and lively humor, Pup in School introduces an engaging cast of characters in a story that makes school fun for all.

Pup in School
Written and illustrated by Elaine Clayton
Crown Books for Young Readers, 1993
9 x 8 inches, 32 pages. ISBN 0-517-59085-0