thats her.jpg

All about me!

Clare Elsom is a children's illustrator and author who lives in Devon, England.

She is the creator of young fiction series Horace & Harriet, a highly illustrated series which 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.

Clare has 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 and The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie by Jamie Rix. Clare regularly appears at literary festivals and was recently featured on Blue Peter.

She studied a BA in Illustration at Falmouth University (lots of drawing) and later completed an MA in Children's Literature at Roehampton University (lots of writing). Besides freelancing in illustration, she also worked for five years as an Illustration Agent.

Clare grew up in Oxford, lived in London and then ran away to beautiful Devon where she spends her free time tap-dancing, paddle boarding and drinking cinnamon lattes.


Recent happy clients include:

Bloomsbury, Cambridge University Press, CBeebies, Egmont Children’s Books, The Energy Saving Trust, Franklin Watts, The Independent, Little Brown Books, Macmillan Children’s Books, NSPCC, o2, Orchard Children’s Books, Oxford University Press, Pearson (worldwide), Persil, Phoenix Yard Books, Piccadilly Press, Random House, RBS, Saatchi, Scholastic US,  Scholastic UK, Tesco, XIX Entertainment.