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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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Learn. Grow. Support Black Lives.

July 16, 2020

What heart-breaking times. I pass these murals daily in my Minneapolis neighborhood (on plywood coverings on local businesses lost during the Covid19 shutdown): As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, I join them in putting out the call: “The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators stands together with the African-American community in our unequivocal stance against racial inequity and prejudice. We deplore the legacy of tragedy, pain, cruelty, and fear that have resulted from long-standing explicit and implicit racism.  We must examine and dismantle racism. Our members create books that will influence what kind…

HOME IN THE WOODS book video

April 28, 2020

When I was finishing the art for ‘Home In The Woods’, I had this idea to make a “little” book video to help share some behind-the-book stories. When my husband Adam agreed to make it, I had no idea it would become something so beautiful in and of itself (I should have known). It’s 13 minutes long, good for a lunch break. I hope you enjoy it! A million massive thank you’s to Adam Wheeler for all the talent, time, and love put into this. See his work at https://theworkofadam.com And huge thanks to Alex Reeves at Point of Blue…

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…