about

Eija Sumner writes lyrical, quirky, and darkly humorous picture books. They’re a bit odd but lovely. Her first picture book, Crocodile Hungry! comes out Spring 2022 from Tundra Books. Eija also writes novels for older kids and teens.

Eija loves books. She loves reading them, writing them, and even hand-selling them as a bookseller at her local Indie bookstore.

She lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats, one dog, and one bunny. Eija loves art, libraries, silly cat videos, socks, soccer, the Portland Trailblazers, fresh peaches, reading and sharing stories, bright colors, tea, her family, taking walks, learning about new things, and being warm. She does not like omelettes.

Eija has an MFA from Hamline University in writing for children and young adults. While a student at Hamline, Eija received the T.A. Barron Fellowship for Excellence in Fantasy Writing, the Anne Tews Schwab Award for Excellence in Critical Writing for her extended critical essay, “Language and Sound in Story,” and Eija received the Frances and Kermit Rudolf Scholarship Award for the most promising manuscript in the field of nonfiction.  She is a member of SCBWI and active in her local chapter. 

Eija is represented by BookEnds Literary.