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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.


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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Talking Method

January 26, 2017

In case you missed it! : Check out this nice feature on Elizabeth Dulemba’s blog, where I discussed my two newest books, THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY by Varsha Bajaj and THE LEFT-HANDED FATE by Kate Milford, and on the difference between working on picture books and middle grade novels.    

Tolkien Picture Book Bio proofs

August 8, 2016

New proofs came in for JOHN RONALD’S DRAGONS: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien! I’m so excited . . . and the color is looking spectacular. Just a tiny peek:


August 2, 2016

My new picture book, with author Varsha Bajaj and Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Books, came into the book world today! THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY celebrates the birth of a baby elephant. Over the course of one day the jungle family and friends rejoice the baby’s arrival. The book is set in the lush wilds of India and is a tribute to all little ones getting their first warm welcome into the world. I’m so excited to share more about this book, its author, and the process of creating the illustrations later this week on the Picture Book Builders blog. So far…

Tell Me A Tattoo Story

July 19, 2016

I have illustrations in two picture books releasing this year. The first is TELL ME A TATTOO STORY, written by Alison McGhee and published by Chronicle Books, came out this spring. In TELL ME A TATTOO STORY, a 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…