"Behind the book"
A behind-the-scenes video detailing the process of writing and illustrating Home in the Woods.
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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The Haiku Poet Podcast recently featured a read-aloud of ‘Home in the Woods’ — this is an adorable podcast by Josh Cleveland along with his kids, and it warmed my heart to have this special attention that they gave to my book. At the end of ‘Home in the Woods’, I ask readers to capture and share their family stories, and he shares the origin story of his family name. Listening to the podcast made me look forward to learning more about Haiku poetry—I found this nice website with more info about it, if you’re curious too: Simple Tips on…
When designing the illustrations for a scene in a book, here are questions I ask to help explore the visual options…(Feel free to download and print this for your own use. If you re-post this, please keep my copyright info attached and link to my blog if possible. Thanks!)
Download these free coloring sheets to pair with your kids’ reading of ‘THE POMEGRANATE WITCH’, written by Denise Doyen and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. (Click on the following download links for print quality PDF files):
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…