Bio & Press

Filming with Tom Silva of PBS's Ask This Old House.

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Author Bio (75 words):

Elayne Crain is a proud writer of childish things. Her debut book, There’s Something Odd About the Babysitter (illustrated by John Ledda), publishes in June 2025. When Elayne is not reading or writing, she loves walks in the woods with her sons and partner, photography and karaoke. Elayne serves as a regional volunteer for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Western Washington and is active in several writing communities. Learn more at

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My debut picture book (with illustrator John Ledda), “There’s Something Odd About the Babysitter,” will be published by Feiwel & Friends at Macmillan in June 2025.

“Freddie’s new babysitter is a bit strange–their mere presence scares the family dog, they eat literal garbage for dinner, and they look suspiciously like a stack of raccoons in a trench coat. But Freddie realizes there might also be something special about the babysitter, too.”

Past Interviews and Media Links:

November 2023: “Elayne Crain – How I Got My Agent” interview on the 12×12 blog

August 2023: Elayne Crain: Signing with an Agent, A Milestones Met Interview with Bethany Hegedus

May 2023: ‘CtC Craft & Community: Sustaining an Author Newsletter’ panel with Patrice Gopo and Maria Marianayagam. Replay available Courage to Create members.

In my pre-kidlit life, I was no stranger to press, having appeared nationally on Season 16, Episode 12 of PBS’s Ask This Old House, where Tom Silva helped me turn an existing exterior door into a Dutch-style door. My fledgling startup food company, Austin Sugarworks, was also featured on several well-known blogs (including Oh, Joy! and DailyCandy), NPR affiliates, and several print magazines. Finally, I was interviewed on “Face Your Fears, the podcast!” about what it was like to move to Australia–and figure it out when you get there.

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