"Ellie Asks" Books 1-4 - Now Available!

In this charming series, you'll meet Ellie, a young girl who lives with her mom and dad, her little sister, and her dog named Rose. Like most five-year-olds, Ellie enjoys roasting s’mores, ice skating, dancing, helping others, and spreading joy. She is also very curious about the world around her and asks her parents lots of questions, including the ones they answer in each book.

These children's books are sure to be read by you and your child again and again. You'll enjoy seeing Ellie and her beloved Rose in the beautiful hand-painted illustrations while learning about the important topics discussed by Ellie and her parents through whimsical rhyme.


Book 1 | Hope

In this book, you'll find Ellie enjoying a beautiful spring evening and learning why she should have hope and help others be hopeful too.


Book 2 | Love

With the summer sun setting, Ellie's thoughts turn to love—what it means to be loved and the importance of loving herself and others.


Book 3 | Respect

While roasting s'mores over a fall campfire, Ellie asks her parents what respect means and how she can respect herself and others.


Book 4 | Joy

After a fun day of ice skating, Ellie discovers the meaning of joy and how being grateful and showing kindness to others  can bring joy to her life.


"Ellie Asks" Gift Bundles

Surprise a young reader in your life with an "Ellie Asks" gift set!

This set is available in soft matte paperback or durable laminate hardback and includes all four books autographed by author Lisa Norman, plus a beautiful bookmark and a note from Ellie herself.

Paperback bundles - $40  |  Hardback bundles - $60

Proceeds from every sale of this set are donated to organizations committed to helping children. Learn more about these organizations here.

We apologize for any inconvenience the non-functioning purchase form may cause. We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. If you would like to purchase a book bundle in the meantime, please email to make other arrangements. Thank you!


Carol Upton

Carol Upton was born and raised in North Carolina. She found her passion for art when she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 16. She is a self-taught artist whose parents were also creative. Carol remembers her mother taking her to work with her, where she added color to black-and-white photographs.

Since her early start, Carol has had a long career hand-painting murals, faux finishes, jewelry, home accessories, wall art, furniture, and even her own line of whimsical Christmas product art. She was the lead artist at Sidney Arthur Furniture for 11 years and has done artwork for Moses Cone Pediatric Emergency Department, Premier Imaging, Jessie Wharton Elementary School, and Golden Living Center.

But one of her very favorite things to create is children’s art.