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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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Michelle Obama—for realz

April 22, 2020

I got the unbelievable news on Friday that Michelle Obama will be reading my first book MISS MAPLE’S SEEDS via PBS Kids “Mondays with Michelle” on May 4th!!! 😍😍😍 It’s going to be such a thrill to see her read it. Catch the video recording for a limited time here on YouTube MISS MAPLE’S SEEDSNancy Paulsen/PenguinAGES: 3-6 years, 32 pagesISBN 9780399257926Miss 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…

Educators! Permissions info for using books for virtual readings

March 24, 2020

I’m hearing from many teachers, during the COVID-19 outbreak, who are adapting to virtual classrooms looking for permission to read books to their students online. Book publishers and creators hold the audio and video copyrights for their books, but during this unique time the publishers have posted special permissions and guidelines for online story readings. I speak for all book creators…we appreciate your hard work, how you’re adapting, and your passion! I hope you find this information useful (See the link to the full SLJ article below). Thank you for your interest in sharing my/our books with your students. My…

J.R.’s Dragons feature on Little Book, Big Story

February 24, 2020

This is a lovely feature with gorgeous photos of John Ronald’s Dragons: Story of J.R.R. Tolkien on the blog Little Book, Big Story. See the full blog post here.

‘Home In The Woods’ book video—PROCESS

December 18, 2019

Another piece to the ‘Behind the Scenes’ making of my book HOME IN THE WOODS, this section focusing on the art process. Video by Adam Wheeler, and special sound work by Alex Reeves. (3:11 min) Buy HOME IN THE WOODS at your local indie bookstore-or- Barnes and Noble , or Amazon.com