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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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Work Spaces and Places

August 27, 2019

4th grade teacher Jennifer Keller sent out this fun tweet: As I searched for a pic of my workspace to share, I saw many photos I’ve snapped of places I’ve written (or illustrated), so I pulled together a bunch more to share here! I’ve written and illustrated in so many locations over the past 7 years, usually due to traveling while under pressing deadlines, or at best, due to having a creative burst at some random time and location. First workspace of note: my desk in the corner of our tiny 400 sq foot apartment in Los Angeles. We downsized…

BRAVE makes B&N’s Best PBs List

August 15, 2019

WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE made Barnes and Noble’s “Best New Picture Books of 2019…so far”. That’s pretty cool if you were to ask me! Check out the list:

ALA Conference 2019

June 20, 2019

I’m headed to the American Library Association conference this weekend to meet librarians and sign give-away copies of books. Maybe I’ll see you there? Sat JUNE 22, 2019: —————————-9-10 am Signing my not-yet-released pb HOME IN THE WOODS (+art prints!) at the Penguin Random House booth (#1805)12-12:30 pm Signing the board book of WHEREVER YOU GO at the Little Brown Books booth (1137)

Interview on Picturebooking Podcast

May 8, 2019

It’s a rainy spring day in Minnesota–very good for podcast listening. I love the in-depth conversations with children’s book makers on Picturebooking Podcast, so I was extremely honored to be invited on! Nick Patton and I have a long talk about WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE, my coming second self-authored book HOME IN THE WOODS, and, always my favorite topic, process. Listen here>> https://picturebooking.libsyn.com/eliza-wheeler-living-in-your-illustrations And if you’re like me and like to listen to a few in a row while you drive, work, or clean, here are two more: 1. Another great Picturebooking podcast episode with a dear pal of mine,…