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"Behind the book"

My husband and I created this behind-the-scenes video detailing my process writing and illustrating Home in the Woods.

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Eliza Wheeler is an illustrator and author of books for kids, teens, and the young at heart. Her book Miss Maple’s Seeds was a NYT bestseller, and her book Home in the Woods was dubbed “Gorgeous” by the New York Times book review. Eliza is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Read Aloud Revival

September 14, 2020

Earlier this year, the Read Aloud Revival program chose my book for their March Family Book Club. The Read Aloud Revival (RAR) is a program run by Sarah Mackenzie that helps kids and families fall in love with reading. RAR Premium offers Family Book Clubs, a vibrant community, and coaching for homeschooling parents. Sarah Mackenzie invited me to read ‘Home in the Woods’ to the RAR community over Zoom, and to answer listener questions. I had a super fun time, and it felt like an amazing honor to have 500 families tuning in from around the globe to hear me…

‘Home in the Woods’: Free Coloring Sheets

September 12, 2020

Downloadable coloring sheets for you and your kids or students to color! This page is my encouragement to create a family portrait of your own: Buy a copy of ‘Home in the Woods’ here:

Autumn—Process

September 11, 2020

When drawing certain things over and over, I’ve found it helpful to make a crude model that I can capture at different angles and light it to show where shadows will fall. I made this little paper model of the shack for my story ‘Home In The Woods’: For the scene marking the arrival of autumn, I was able to find the right lighting and angle for that composition. I pulled the photo that I took using the iPad right into the thumbnail sketch and refined the perspective in Procreate. Also in Procreate, I made a quick rough color study.…

Write to Marvel

September 11, 2020

I’m inviting kids and readers of ‘HOME IN THE WOODS’ to send a letter or drawing to the real Marvel! Marvel is 94 years old at the time of this writing in 2020. She was a 5th grade school teacher for many years, and she had a big influence on instilling in me a love for picture books as a child. She would love to hear from you if you liked her story! Send digital copies of letters and drawings to Home In The Woods Book @gmail.com. Your letter or drawing will be printed and sent to her by snail…