Blueberry Barrens & Harbor Seals: Island Readers & Writers Sends Ellen On An Author Tour in Northern Maine

I just returned from a wonderful visit to schools waaaay up in northern, Maine. Organized by the dynamic literacy organization Island Readers & Writers. I presented to a few of the very small schools (some with only 30 or so students in the entire Pre-K-8th grade) and got a taste of life in the more remote parts of this beautiful state. On the drive up, the view was blueberry barrens and pine trees and harbor seals playing by the shore. And that's about it, but what more does one need?? 

One very special moment . . . at one school, I was reading my book Piper Green & The Fairy Tree to the youngest students, and when I came to the part where Piper finds kittens in the Fairy Tree, a teacher brought in a tiny kitten that she had just rescued.    

Read-a-Loud + Kitten=Best Author Visit Ever. 




Wednesday October 14, 2015 – Friday October 16, 2015 – Ellen Potter visits island schools, traveling by Sunbeam!

Island Readers & Writers and Ellen Potter will visit three island schools in October, traveling from island to island via the Sunbeam, Maine Sea Coast Mission’s 75-foot boat! Ellen’s latest chapter books, Piper Green and the Fairy Tree, are about a girl who lives on a Maine island that has to travel to school on a lobster boat. Ellen will offer a workshop on “Writing for the Self and Others” to students at Ashley Bryan School on October 14, Isle au Haut School on October 15, and Frenchboro. 


Piper Green coming fall 2015 from Knopf!

It’s always exciting to hear the first pre-publication response to your book, especially when it’s as nice as this one. Here is Changing Hands Bookstore tweet about my upcoming book PIPER GREEN & THE FAIRY TREE (an early chapter book series set on an island off the coast of Maine, where a hint of magic is part of everyday life. Knopf, Fall 2015)


OLIVIA KIDNEY Film Rights Acquired by William Joyce’s Moonbot Studios

OLIVIA KIDNEY Film Rights Acquired by William Joyce’s Moonbot Studios

Academy Award®-Winning Team To Develop Feature Film

Moonbot Studios announced today that it will acquire film rights to the Olivia Kidney trilogy of young adult books by award-winning author Ellen Potter. The series is published by Philomel (a division of Penguin/Putnam). Moonbot plans to develop Olivia’s Alice in Wonderland-like adventures as a live action film with significant animation sequences. The film rights deal was handled by David Lipman and Michael Siegel for Moonbot and for Ellen Potter by Alice Tasman and Jennifer Weltz of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

“At Moonbot, we’re grabbing for magic and Olivia Kidney has captivated us,” said William Joyce, Moonbot co-founder and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. “Ellen Potter has crafted a unique and enchanting fantasy that we can’t wait to bring to life as a film.”

Moonbot Studios has also recently acquired film rights to The Extincts by Veronica Cossanteli, published by Chicken House Entertainment. Both books will be come part of Moonbot’s slate for feature films, chosen because of their high caliber of storytelling, immersive worlds and charming characters. These are the first books optioned by Moonbot outside of their internally-developed IP including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, The Numberlys and The Lollipop 3.


Moonbot Studios is a secret, zero-gravity colony inhabited by interstellar beings in Shreveport, La. Their mission is to create the best books, films, apps, games, and entertainment in the galaxy. Award-winning artists and filmmakers William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg, and Lampton Enochs cofounded Moonbot Studios in 2009. Since then, Moonbot has produced an Academy Award®-winning short film, New York Times bestselling book and iTunes Hall of Fame app, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Moonbot’s Annie Award-winning short film for Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Scarecrow has garnered over 12 million views on YouTube. The studio’s latest book, The Numberlys, will be released in May 2014.  




After surviving the crazy events of his first weeks in New York City, nine-year-old Otis Dooda is starting out at a brand-new school. He would love to make a good impression, but life in Tidwell Towers is never that easy. With his disgusting seatmate, the possible impending alien invasion, and the introduction of his new nemesis, Sid Frackas "The Greatest LEGO Genius Who Ever Lived" (a title Otis thought was his!), things are getting downright dangerous!

Otis Dooda: Downright Dangerous,
 the second title in this hilarious chapter book series, again pairs Ellen Potter's unique voice with David Heatley's vivid and engaging illustrations to share the story of a sort-of-average boy with a not-so-average life.


Exciting news! 

Hot off the press from Publisher's Weekly:  Melanie Cecka at Knopf has acquired a new chapter book series by Olivia Kidney author Ellen Potter, in a pre-empt. The series, Piper and the Fairy Tree, is set on an island off the coast of Maine, where getting to school by lobster boat and having a fairy tree in your front yard are part of everyday life. Publication will begin in fall 2015; Alice Tasman at the Jean Naggar Literary Agency did the three-book deal for world English rights.


Otis: Behind the scenes!

Ellen Potter and David Heatley, the author and artist behind Otis Dooda: Strange But True meet for the first time since beginning their collaboration. Watch them discuss the process of making the book and the resultant music soundtrack. Otis will be published by Feiwel and Friends on June 4, 2013!


Otis Dooda Website Has Launched!

Hey, everyone, stop by the Otis Dooda web site to see a trailer, make stuff (ninja masks, yeah!), listen to an awesome soundtrack, and more!


Otis Dooda: the album!

Illustrator and musician David Heatley has written and recorded an entire album of orginal songs to go along with Otis Dooda: Strange But True! Visit the bandcamp page where you can stream tracks from the album before purchasing in any digital format you like.


Otis Dooda: Strange But True - Animated Book Trailer!

Check out this awesome Otis Dooda book trailer created and produced by the absolutely amazing internationally recognized cartoonist and rockstar David Heatley! David drew all the pictures for Otis Dooda and wrote and performed the music. When he’s not writing songs or playing with Legos or daydreaming, he creates art for magazines, books, and Web sites all over the world, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Nickelodeon magazine. He's pretty much: awesome!

Meet Otis Dooda. Yes, that's his name. Go on and have a good laugh. He's heard it all before. He's been called things like Otis Poopy Stink and Otis Toilet Twinkie. That's right, yuck it up and get it out of your system. We'll wait.

All right then. This is the story of Otis and the Dooda family (including their rat named Smoochie) moving to New York City, and the incredibly strange, but true, things that happened to them. It all started with Otis getting cursed by a guy in a potted plant in their apartment building lobby, and then meeting a bunch of their neighbors, including a farting pony named Peaches who was disguised as a dog. And that was just the first day!