Ella picture book page by Nicole Godwin & Demelsa Haughton
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About Ella


Welcome to the Ella page. Ella is now available. You can buy it from the Tusk Books site here.


Ella is the first book to be published by Tusk Books. It was launched as part of the Canberra Writers Festival on 28 August 2016 at the National Library of Australia. If you would like to see a video of Ella’s book launch please visit the book launch page.


Written by Nicole Godwin and illustrated by Demelsa Haughton, Ella tells the story of a baby elephant who was taken from her mum to work in the tourism industry.


You can check out the list of Ella’s generous crowdfunding supporters here.


Little Ella the elephant dreams of seeing her mum once again. But can she escape? Is she even brave enough to try?


Join baby Ella on her heart – wrenching quest for freedom, happiness and love.


This captivating picture book provides a glimpse into the lives of elephants being used in the tourism industry. A story that helps plant seeds of compassion for animals, it also highlights our planet’s desperate need for conservation.



Nicole lives in Canberra Australia and is interested in way too many things for one lifetime, but she is giving it a good hard go. Nicole is on a mission to tell the stories of animals who don’t have a voice of their own. After visiting Thailand and meeting elephants who had suffered terribly throughout their lives, telling the story of these beautiful creatures was something she knew she needed to do.


Demelsa lives in England. She painted all of her magical pictures of Ella on a digital tablet. Her artistic creations are guaranteed to make you smile and see the world a bit differently.


For every copy of Ella sold, Tusk Books will donate $1 to elephant causes including Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) in Thailand, the Mondulkiri Project Elephant Sanctuary in Cambodia and World Elephant Day which takes place on 12 August 2016.