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"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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‘When I’m With You’ – Free Coloring Sheets

March 4, 2022

My newest book with Pat Zietlow Miller is WHEN I’M WITH YOU, and is a joy-filled friendship romp: Here are 2 great coloring sheets for kids or students to color. (Click on the download link arrows below these images for high quality PDF files to print) Underwater scene:

For Illustrators Who Want to Know About Children’s Book Publishing

December 17, 2021

I get asked pretty frequently for information about how to be a children’s illustrator, or how book publishing works. I’ve compiled the most basic beginning info to share (which you can see, is a lot!) for anyone who’s looking for it. This is based on my personal knowledge and experience, but there are a lot of ways to skin the cat of book publishing, so see this as starter info. *Note* The following information relates to traditional publishing. Self-publishing is another topic, (one of which I haven’t any expertise or advice on), but you can get some intro information for that…

Shepherd “Top 5” Book List

December 16, 2021

I was invited to contribute to this cool new website for authors, Shepherd.com, with a top 5 booklist called “Best Picture Books for Your Next Nature Escape”. Check it out! 

(For Fun!) Holiday Masks

November 27, 2021

I had some fun recently making mask designs inspired by Russian Stacking Dolls, Nutcrackers, and Santa beards. Choose from flat or fitted mask designs (also sizes for kids!), all available on Redbubble.com.