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"Behind the book"

My husband and I created this behind-the-scenes video detailing my process writing and illustrating Home in the Woods.

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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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WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE released!

February 28, 2019

“Dazzling…a sweet lesson on how to glow from the inside out.” ―Kirkus Reviews by Pat Zietlow Miller  Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler 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 Book Release by Arthur Yorinks and Maurice Sendak

September 26, 2018

 Last week was the release of Arthur Yorinks’ new book, PRESTO AND ZESTO IN LIMBOLAND, which is his lost collaboration with Maurice Sendak. The book launch held at the New York Public Library looked fabulous, one worthy of the author and illustrator. I so wish I could have made the trip in person to celebrate with the Sendak Fellowship family!  In May 2017, I had the honor of spending a month on the former farm of Maurice Sendak, attending the Sendak Fellowship retreat, hosted by The Maurice Sendak Foundation; Lynn Caponera, Dona Ann McAdams, and Arthur Yorinks. The experience was,…

My SCBWI LA National Conference Keynote

September 24, 2018

 Last month I attended the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators summer conference in Los Angeles, and was invited there by Lin Oliver to give my first keynote speech for one of their national conferences. It was an incredible honor to be invited, and it marked a big milestone for me as an SCBWI member (and also as an introvert). I recall years of sitting in the audience at these conferences and while listening to keynotes thinking, “I could NEVER do that!”  Haha! says The Universe.  What I didn’t know then was that, by now, I would have something…

Prints for sale!

June 21, 2018

This has been a long time coming… I have had numerous requests for prints of my illustrations from book fans, and they are now here. Find prints of my children’s book art at: Society6: Eliza Wheeler  You can choose from a variety of sizes, frames, and other various gifts for teachers, family, and yourself.  A huge thank you is owed to my husband, Adam, who has been working on getting the shop set up. We will have more art to come from more of my books! If there is a piece of art from a book that you don’t see…