Home in the woods

October 1, 2019
Paulsen/Penguin Random House
AGES: 5-8, 40 pages
AUTHOR: Eliza Wheeler
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 0399162909

This stunningly beautiful picture book from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Eliza Wheeler is based on her grandmother’s childhood and pays homage to a family’s fortitude as they discover the meaning of home.

Eliza Wheeler’s gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of what happens when six-year-old Marvel, her seven siblings, and their mom must start all over again after their father has died. Deep in the woods of Wisconsin they find a tar-paper shack. It doesn’t seem like much of a home, but they soon start seeing what it could be. During their first year it’s a struggle to maintain the shack and make sure they have enough to eat. But each season also brings its own delights and blessings–and the children always find a way to have fun. Most importantly, the family finds immense joy in being together, surrounded by nature. And slowly, their little shack starts feeling like a true home–warm, bright, and filled up with love.

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"... A quietly compelling look at an impoverished family's resourcefulness and resilience.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

When you are brave

March 5, 2019
Little Brown Books
AGES: 3-6, 40 pages
AUTHOR: Pat Zietlow-Miller
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 9780316392525

An inspiring picture book affirmation about having courage even in difficult times, because some days, when everything around you seems scary, you have to be brave.

Saying goodbye to neighbors. Worrying about new friends. Passing through a big city. Seeing a dark road ahead. In these moments, a young girl feels small and quiet and alone. But when she breathes deeply and looks inside herself, a hidden spark of courage appears, one she can nurture and grow until she glows inside and out. New York Times bestselling author Pat Zietlow Miller’s uplifting words join New York Times bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler’s luminous art to inspire young readers to embrace their inner light–no matter what they’re facing–and to be brave.

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"This is a wonderfully encouraging message that is well expressed and supported by illustrations that start out dark and scary and end light and colorful."

—School Library Connection

JOHN RONALD'S DRAGONS: THE STORY OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN

March 2017, Roaring Brook Press/MacMillan
AGES: 4-8,  48 pages
AUTHOR: Caroline McAlister
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 9781626720923

A captivating picture book biography of a boy who imagined a world full of dragons and grew up to be beloved author J. R. R. Tolkien.

John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone, and with his friends, and especially when life got hard or sad. After his mother died and he had to live with a cold-hearted aunt, he looked for dragons. He searched for them at his boarding school. And when he fought in a Great War, he felt as if terrible, destructive dragons were everywhere. But he never actually found one, until one day, when he was a grown man but still very much a boy at heart, when he decided to create one of his own. John Ronald's Dragons, a picture book biography by Caroline McAlister and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, introduces the beloved creator of Middle Earth and author of The Hobbit to a new generation of children who see magic in the world around them.

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WHEREVER YOU GO

May 2015, Little Brown Books
AGES: 3-6,  32 pages
AUTHOR: Pat Zietlow Miller
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 9780316400022

Roads give you chances to seek and explore.
Want an adventure?
Just open your door.

Join an adventurous rabbit and his animal friends as they journey over steep mountain peaks, through bustling cityscapes, and down long, winding roads to discover the magical worlds that await them just outside their doors. 
Award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller's lilting rhyme and bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler's enchanting, lush landscapes celebrate the possibilities that lie beyond the next bend in the road-the same road that will always lead you home again.

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"Captivating artwork and rhyme."

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

MISS MAPLE'S SEEDS

April 2013, Nancy Paulsen/Penguin
AGES: 3-6 years, 32 pages
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 9780399257926

Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that haven’t yet found a place to sprout. She takes them on field trips to explore places to grow. In her cozy maple tree house, she nurtures them; keeping them safe and warm until it's time for them to find roots of their own, and grow into the magnificent plants they’re destined to become.

PARENTS AND TEACHERS: Downloadable activity sheets for kids HERE

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"Confident artistry and an intuitive knowledge of what the world looks like to a very small person make a winning combination in Wheeler’s debut . . ."

—Publisher's Weekly

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FAIRY SPELL: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real

April 24, 2018
Clarion Books/HMH
AGES: 4-8,  40 pages
AUTHOR: Marc Tyler Nobleman
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 0544699483

The true story of British cousins who fooled the world for more than 60 years with a remarkable hoax, photographs of “real” fairies. Exquisitely illustrated with art by Eliza Wheeler as well as the original photos taken by the girls.

In 1917, in Cottingley, England, a girl named Elsie took a picture of her younger cousin, Frances. Also in the photo was a group of fairies, fairies that the girls insisted were real. Through a remarkable set of circumstances, that photograph and the ones that followed came to be widely believed as evidence of real fairies. It was not until 1983 that the girls, then late in life, confessed that the Cottingley Fairies were a hoax. Their take is an extraordinary slice of history, from a time when anything in a photograph was assumed to be fact and it was possible to trick an eager public into believing something magical. 

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THE POMEGRANATE WITCH

August 2017, Chronicle Books
AGES: 5-8,  40 pages
AUTHOR: Denise Doyen
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 9781452145891

When a scary old tree blooms with the most beautiful pomegranates ever seen, the neighborhood kids' mouths water with anticipation. But the tree isn't theirs—and it has a protector!

So begins the Pomegranate War, a fun, rollicking, rhyming tale of a battle between the sly, plucky young rascals and their wry, witchy neighbor who may have more than one trick up her sleeve. This delectable romp from award-winning children's poet Denise Doyen and acclaimed illustrator Eliza Wheeler honors classic children's literature and revels in nostalgia for free-to-roam days full of playful invention.

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THE LEFT-HANDED FATE

August 2016, Henry Holt/MacMillan Publishers
AGES: 10-14, 384 pages
AUTHOR: Kate Milford
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN: 9780805098006

Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission: find the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine they believe can stop the endless war raging between their home country of England and Napoleon Bonaparte’s France.

But Lucy and Max aren’t the only ones trying to assemble the engine; the French are after it, as well as the crew of a mysterious vessel that seems able to appear out of thin air. When Oliver discovers what his prisoners are really up to—and how dangerous the device could be if it falls into the wrong hands—he is faced with a choice: Help Lucy and Max even if it makes him a traitor to his own country? Or follow orders and risk endangering countless lives, including those of the enemies who have somehow become his friends?

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THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY

August 2016, Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Books
AGES: 3-5,  32 pages
AUTHOR: Varsha Bajaj
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 9780399166846

A baby is born and the world rejoices! With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one’s arrival, it is apparent that the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all!

Varsha Bajaj’s lilting prose and Eliza Wheeler’s enchanting scenes of a wide-eyed baby elephant and its smitten family celebrate the importance of family and community in every child’s life. Set in the lush wilds of India, this is an endearing, beautifully illustrated tribute to little ones getting their first warm welcome to the world.

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TELL ME A TATTOO STORY

April 2016, Chronicle Books
AGES: 3-6,  32 pages
AUTHOR: Alison McGhee
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 1452119376

A bestselling author-illustrator duo join forces to create a modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history.

There's a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all. Tender pictures by New York Times bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler complement this lovely ode to all that's indelible—ink and love.

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CODY AND THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE

April 2016, Candlewick Press
AGES: 7-10,  144 pages
AUTHOR: Tricia Springstubb
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 0763658588

Cody’s best friend, Spencer, and his parents are moving in with his grandmother right around the corner, and Cody can’t wait. For one thing, Cody needs Spencer to help solve the mystery of the never-seen Mr. Meen.

Mr. Meen lives on the other side of the porch with a skull-and-crossbones sign in the window and an extermination truck out front. How’s Cody to know that a yellow jacket would sting her, making her scream “Ow! Ow!” just as they start spying? Or that the ominous window sign would change overnight to “Welcome home,” only deepening the mystery? In this second adventure, Spencer’s new-school jitters, an unexpected bonding with a teacher over Mozart, and turf-claiming kids next door with a reason for acting out are all part of Cody’s experiences as summer shifts into a new year at school.

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CODY AND THE FOUNTAIN OF HAPPINESS

May 2015, Candlewick Press
AGES: 7-10,  160 pages
AUTHOR: Tricia Springstubb
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 9780763658571

For whimsical Cody, many things are beautiful, especially ants who say hello by rubbing feelers. But nothing is as beautiful as the first day of summer vacation, and Cody doesn’t want to waste one minute of it.

Meanwhile, teenage brother Wyatt is moping over a girl, Mom is stressed about her new job as Head of Shoes, Dad is off hauling chairs in his long-distance truck, and even camp has been closed for the summer. What to do? Just when all seems lost, Cody bumps into a neighborhood boy named Spencer who is looking for a runaway cat. With a new friend and a soon-to-be-found cat, Cody is on her way to the fountain of happiness.

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THE GRUDGE KEEPER

April 2014, Peachtree Publishers
AGES: 4-8,  32 pages
AUTHOR: Mara Rockliff
ILLUSTRATOR: Eliza Wheeler
ISBN 9781561457298

No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.

 Ruffled feathers, petty snits, minor tiffs and major huffs, insults, umbrage, squabbles, dust-ups, and imbroglios-the Grudge Keeper received them all, large and small, tucking each one carefully away in his ramshackle cottage. When a fierce wind blows through Bonnyripple, the residents are forced to rescue Cornelius and deal with their various disputes.