Ellen Heck

Ellen Heck has received degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Brown University. She works as a printmaker in North Carolina and is represented by galleries in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Over the past decade, through several print projects, she has explored specific questions about identity—its creation, variability, persistence and change—by combining subject matter and thematically resonant printmaking techniques.

You can visit Ellen Heck on her website.



  • The New York Times: The Best Picture Books of 2022

    Picture Book
    A Is For Bee: An Alphabet Book in Translation
    Ellen Heck


Picture Book

A Is For Bee: An Alphabet Book in Translation
"Kaleidoscopic and delightful. Any lover of language, or any child who likes new sounds, will be entranced.

The New York Times

“A gorgeous collection for linguists of all ages."

Booklist, STARRED Review!

“Against richly colored backgrounds, the black-and-white scratchboard illustrations dramatically employ contrast and texture. Hand-lettered display type enhances the visual drama and zestfully celebrates the multiplicity of animal names. Cleverly, each letter is hidden somewhere in the composition of its illustrated page, adding an A-to-Z seek-and-find element for children… Combining visual verve with a sense of our worldwide connectedness, this both teaches and entertains.”


“An entertainingly subversive take on the usual alphabet book.”

Five Books, Best Books of 2022