Meet the Characters


She is confident, protective, helpful but also stubborn.  She loves squirting herself and Lou with water, using her trunk like a shower. She loves to eat bananas.



She is friendly, shy, smart, persuasive, and impatient. She loves to play and splash in water.  Jackfruit is her favourite.


He is calm, sensitive, kind, loyal, too strict, and serious sometimes. He loves to explore and sing when nobody is listening. His favourite food is wild celery.

What Others are Saying

Elle and Lou is a beautiful story that teaches children about diversity, teamwork, and friendship. It is beautifully illustrated with lots of colours and details. The author, Kiana Sosa, did an amazing job describing the characters and their emotions. Definitely one of our favorite children’s books.


I am so impressed with this book! The writing is great and it explains clearly how to be a kind and caring friend with great examples. The illustrations are beautiful as well. A very well-executed book. I love the author’s note at the end! I can’t wait to read more books from this promising young writer.


About the Author

Kiana Sosa


Kiana lives with her family in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. 

She enjoys reading, writing, learning new things, and spending time with family and friends. She loves animals, especially dogs. 

Kiana wrote this book when she was 10 years old and was in fourth grade.

She loves hearing from her readers too, she’s thankful for every book review.

Kiana’s goal is to inspire other kids, not only to read and write, but also to overcome challenges, to be persistent, to take initiative, and to pursue their dreams.

Free Printables for Parents & Teachers

Research confirms the value of reading aloud to children of all ages; it also shows that children benefit from being read several times throughout the week. Download free printable lessons that can be used at home or in the classrooms for interactive read aloud sessions. Also free printable activity booklet, colouring pages & more.

Ellia and Lou – The Meaning of Friendship is a great read aloud. Foster a positive classroom community and encourage students to do small acts of kindness for their classmates. It is also a great story to read when discussing the importance of empathy, cooperation, friendship and other important topics.

Ellie and Lou – The Meaning of Friendship is a book with a meaningful message and beautiful illustrations that inspire young aspiring writers.

If you’re a parent, teacher, educator, librarian, or literacy coach download the Free Interactive Read-Aloud lesson & Free Activities Book. Vocabulary comprehension, guiding questions, social-emotional learning, story map & more.


Friendship Freebie - Free activities for children