Welcome to Lily LaMotte


Lily LaMotte is the debut author of MEASURING UP with HarperAlley (Fall 2020). When she isn’t writing picture books and middle grade graphic novels, she’s cooking up new recipes. Sometimes, when she sees the gray clouds outside her window in the Pacific Northwest, she loads up the campervan for a writing retreat camping trip with her husband and two dogs.

She is a graduate of Hamline’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Lily is repped by Laura Rennert of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.


MEASURING UP with HarperAlley

is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.

Watch her cooking video for HarperCollins’ Shelf Stuff on YouTube.

Pre-Order signed copies at Brick & Mortar Books and Third Place Books. Check my BookShop to see my mentor texts. 

Thank you for adding MEASURING UP to your Goodreads shelf here!

Lily LaMotte is thrilled to share the Publisher’s Weekly announcement of her debut middle grade graphic novel MEASURING UP with HarperAlley available Fall 2020.

MEASURING UP announcement
MEASURING UP with HarperAlley


Lily’s Projects:


Lily is passionate about supporting libraries and is a King County Library System Foundation Board member. Colson Whitehead is the 2020 Gala Keynote Speaker and will be introduced by Melinda Gates.

Update March 6, 2020: Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Gala has been cancelled. The gala raises a significant portion of our annual funding for the library system. Please support KCLSF by donating here.

Lily also supports kidlit writers. She was a member of the SCBWI Western WA advisory committee in many roles such as SCBWI WWA Conference Coordinator, interim Assistant Regional Advisor, Monthly Programming Coordinator and Weekend on the Water Retreat Coordinator. 

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She is a member of and recommends these writing organizations:

Contact Lily to inquire about author visits.