Eliza Wheeler

Eliza Wheeler is the author-illustrator of MISS MAPLE’S SEEDS (Penguin), which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. She also illustrated Holly Black’s Newbery Honor winning novel DOLL BONES (Simon & Schuster), Pat Zietlow Miller’s picture book WHEREVER YOU GO (Little Brown), Mara Rockliff’s picture book THE GRUDGE KEEPER (Peachtree), and Tricia Springstubb's new middle grade series CODY (Candlewick). Eliza received the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Grand Prize Award for best portfolio at the 2011 SCBWI National Conference. Eliza is a northern Wisconsin native currently living with her husband in Los Angeles, California. See her work at www.wheelerstudio.com

A Cozy, Thankful Community

With the chilly seasons arriving, there are only three things on my mind; cozy, cozy, and cozy. I guess, if you want to get all technical, that’s only one thing (but just so you know, being technical is not very cozy). Here are a few things that are cozy: Cups of tea. Pillows. Knitting. Tiny villages. …

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Welcome to THE CLASS!

One of the unforeseen joys of writing and illustrating picture books has been that of making friends with other writer/illustrators, and seeing their books come out into the world. I think I’m often just as excited for and proud of them as when my own books come out. One of these …

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Tales with Staying Power

When I was little, my grandparents had a version of RUMPELSTILTSKIN that I adored. The story was strange, scary, and had these awesome ink drawings. At the time, I didn’t understand the concept that books were made by individual artists, so I never paid attention to who might have made them. They …

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New Baby (Elephant!), New Book

 It’s a week for book releases here on Picture Book Builders! Tammi Sauer’s MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM came into the world on August 2nd (congrats, Tammi!), and a new book with my illustrations was also released on the same day. Woohoo!  THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY, written by Varsha Bajaj and …

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‘Dig In!’ to Summer

Summer is in full swing, and there’s no better place to experience it than in a garden.  And there’s no better book to inspire getting your hands in the dirt than ‘Dig In!‘ with art by Mary Peterson and words by Cindy Jenson-Elliott. The story opens in a garden with a little boy who …

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