Welcome to Lily LaMotte


Lily LaMotte is the debut author of the middle grade graphic novel MEASURING UP from HarperCollins/HarperAlley on October 27, 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.

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

MEASURING UP by Lily LaMotte, illus by Ann Xu

MEASURING UP Virtual Book Launch

October 27, 2020 at 6 pm PT/9pm ET

Register for the MEASURING UP Virtual Book Launch here.

Lily will be in conversation with Gene Luen Yang. Enter the random drawing giveaway by pre-ordering signed copies through Brick & Mortar Books at info@brickandmortarbooks.com or by phone (425-869-0606) by October 27, 2020. When you order, please let them know if you would like the book personalized.

Get ready for the book launch by watching this short video of the reading of Chapter One in partnership with Studio East. Also, check out Lily’s cooking video for HarperCollins’ Shelf Stuff on YouTube and Lily, Robin Ha, Shannon Hale, and Kathleen Gros at their NY Comic Con Metaverse panel. Click here to be taken to the NY Comic Con Metaverse Replay where we talk graphic novels.

Subscribe to Lily’s occasional news and goodies here.

MEASURING UP with HarperAlley

is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection,

Parents Magazine Book Nook October Selection,

a Fall 2020 Indie Next Selection,

and a CBC October Hot Off the Press Selection.

And, thank you for adding MEASURING UP to your Goodreads shelf here!

MEASURING UP announcement

Lily’s Projects:

Lily is passionate about supporting libraries. She is a King County Library System Foundation Board member. Colson Whitehead is the 2020 Gala Keynote Speaker with introduction 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. 

SCBWI logo

She is a member of and recommends these writing organizations:

Contact Lily to inquire about author visits.