Sue Cornelison

Sue Cornelison

Sue Cornelison graduated with a BFA from Drake University in Art Education with an emphasis in drawing and painting. She then traveled to Florence, Italy to continue her studies at the International School of Studio Arts. Sue has worked as a full time illustrator for over a decade, exploring many techniques and styles. She wrote and illustrated The Twelve Days of Christmas in Iowa, published by Sterling. 

Sue is represented by Painted-words.com



Random House

Disney Hyperion


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
National Geographic
Soundprints /Smithsonian
Cricket Magazine
Little Pickle Press
Element LLC
Thunderbolt Press
Perfection Learning
Outreach International
Tighe Publishing
Scholastic Canada
Meredith Corporation
Crayola Kids Magazine
Iowa State University
McGraw Hill
Bill Smith Group

Zion Publishing




  • 2012 Society of Illustrators West Silver Award
  • 2012 Nautilus Book Award Winner
  • 2011 Mom’s Choice Award
  • 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Gold Award
  • 2008 Independent Publishers Annual Award
  • 2008 National Parenting Publications Gold Award
  • Principals Choice Award
  • 2008 National Best Books Awards
  • 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Art Directors of Iowa Award of Excellence
  • Addy Award
  • Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice for Children’s Books Award
  •  Parenting Media Award Winner
  • Best Home School Product of the Year for Children Award