Bonnie Kelso

Bonnie is the author and illustrator of NUDI GILL, the first book to be released from our Little Gnome imprint in late summer 2022. This is also her debut picture book. Bonnie gives readers a close-up view of a small, but mighty type of sea creature in this story of a super sassy, colorful and "naked" nudibranch named Gill who meets a curious and inquisitive young snorkeler. 

Bonnie has also signed on to illustrate Heather Kinser's IN A CAVE, set to come out in the fall of 2023. Her eye for detail and experience as a spelunking enthusiast pair perfectly with this rhyming, informative story of two young adventurers exploring a wondrous world below the earth's surface.  

See more of Bonnie's work at:

Instagram: @bonnie.kelso

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Bonnie's Story

Bonnie Kelso writes and illustrates books for children and adults that encourage individualism and brave creative self-expression. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she has a background in exhibit design and has worked on projects for NASA, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian Institution. Bonnie traveled all the way around the world… twice! An avid snorkeler and scuba diver, Bonnie has explored every sea or ocean she has come close to, except for the really cold ones. She still enjoys indulging her wandering nature whenever she gets the chance. Currently, she lives in Las Vegas with her partner and two sons with whom she enjoys many real and imaginary adventures.