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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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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, (once of which I haven’t any expertise on), but you can get some intro information for that here at: https://underdown.org/self-publishing.htm…

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.

WHEN I’M WITH YOU cover reveal

August 14, 2021

“There’s something that I’ve noticed.Perhaps you’ve seen it, too.Life is so much betterwhen it’s me and you.” Educator John Schu revealed the cover of my and Pat Zietlow Miller’s newest book, coming out this March 2022, on his blog. Check out his post to read more!  Description from the publisher: From the time we are young, we are drawn to special people—the ones who complete our sentences and who know our favorite color, food, and song. The people who understand us and make us happier than anyone else in the world. After all, no matter how much time passes or…