Lily Williams is an author, illustrator, and storyteller who seeks to inspire change through education. Her work covers many topics, from the trophic cascade in the award-winning animated documentary short film FINconceivable and award-winning If Animals Disappeared nonfiction picture book series, to menstrual equity in the webcomic The Mean Magenta and graphic novel, Go With The Flow, to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in her My O.C.D. Story and I’m So O.C.D. That… comics and upcoming graphic novel Exposures (First Second, 2022). Lily believes in the power of making information fun, educational, and accessible for all audiences.

Lily grew up in Northern California where she graduated from California College of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Animation. She spent time working in feature film animation in Los Angeles before transitioning her career to freelance. She now works primarily in publishing and is also a Professor at University of Colorado, Denver.

When she isn’t creating, Lily can be found dreaming about the smell of cold winter air, listening for the sound of airplanes on a rainy day, and perfecting her gluten free waffle recipe. Lily lives in Colorado with her husband and fellow illustrator, C. Grey Hawkins, and their rescue rabbits.


Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group / Bloomsbury Publishing / HarperCollins Publishers / Sony Pictures Animation / Warner Brothers Animation / Mattel Inc. / GoldieBlox / The Lily, published by the Washington Post / Macy’s / Traditional Cultures Project


For press on individual projects (books/film), please visit their pages.

Horn Book Review / Kirkus Reviews / Publisher’s Weekly / The Fins United Initiative / Matthew C. Winner’s Blog / CCA’s GLANCE Magazine / Ocean of Hope


Colorado Matters with Colorado Public Radio / The Children’s Book Podcast (Go With The Flow) / The Children’s Book Podcast (If Animals Disappeared) / Sony Pictures Animation Artist Profile