Video: The Making of Maya

Here’s a peek behind the scenes of the inspiration, art, and collaboration behind the picture book Maya with author Mahak Jain and illustrator Elly MacKay, filmed in Elly’s studio in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Inspired by Mahak’s childhood in India, it’s about using story to process big emotions like grief and fear, with art done in Elly’s signature paper theater style.

Mahak Jain is on Twitter @kveenly and has a website at Elly MacKay is on Twitter @theatreclouds and has a website at

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Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay