Emily House

Emily House – Designer

I am a picture book author/illustrator. I love working with other authors, helping them bring their stories to life with my illustrations.


I began my creative journey when I was in primary school - crafting stories, pictures and cards for my family - and friends and I've not looked back since!

From there I progressed to wedding stationery design and worked as a contemporary artist (with a brief stint in television production) before moving into the graphic design and illustration field. I took a seven-year career break to volunteer for an NPO providing design and marketing services as well as working as their creative producer for live events before returning to my first love: writing and drawing picture books for kids.

I've got experience working in both traditional and independent publishing and my self-authored titles have been published in multiple languages and countries. I love the process of taking a book from initial concept, right through to a complete book file ready to send off to the printers - and I relish bringing stories to life.

If you've got a story needing illustration and you think my style would suit, please do get in touch. I would love to chat to you.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade Picture Books
  • SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2023

Work experience


Jun, 2015 — Present

Thembalitsha Foundation

Oct, 2013 — Apr, 2015 (over 1 year)

Thembalitsha Foundation

Oct, 2006 — Apr, 2016 (over 9 years)


Jan, 2005 — Sep, 2009 (over 4 years)


Cover Design Illustration
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Made with Reedsy
Walk in the Woods with Me

Patrice, Phinney Turner

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Made with Reedsy

Cindy Bell

Fiorella and Mama Rose have a happy life until one day their guardian leaves them at an animal shelter. Feeling abandoned and unloved, Fiorella wonders what she has done wrong. She vows to cha... read more
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Cover Design Illustration

Emily has 2 reviews





Patrice T.

Patrice T.

Jan, 2022

Emily exceeding my expectations, she was absolutely amazing to work with. Emily was highly professional and understanding of a new author who really was unsure of herself. I am so very grateful for her patience and expertise. The illustrations have created my book and I am so blessed that I chose her to work with. I would choose Emily every time, she helped me gain confidence in myself and answ...
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Cindy B.

Cindy B.

Jul, 2021

I cannot begin to express how pleased I am to have had the opportunity to work with Emily. From beginning to end, she was a pleasure to collaborate with. She was always prompt and her illustrations are creative, whimsical, unique and colorful! She sprinkles the page with surprise details that you may not notice at first, but when you do, it brings a smile. Since she has a lot of experience, s...
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Emily H.
Thank you Cindy! The feeling is mutual. It was an honour to be a part of your special book project.

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