Filed under: Doll-E, For Teachers • July 2, 2020

I am very excited and thankful to now have permission to share a brilliant 4-part video lesson that starts with my book, Doll-E 1.0! This lesson was created by Elana Waugh, a STEAM teacher at Wilkshire Early Childhood Center, for the Red Cedar Writing Project and is geared to young students from PreK thru Kindergarten. I just LOVE the way Elana speaks to the young people! Her passion shines brightly through this. Enjoy, use, and give her some thumbs-ups on YouTube!

Lesson – TOYS

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPgAm5OM6XU

Part 2-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY41xeE-JDw

Part 3-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9eMf0CsG8U

Part 4-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGZsVobAX1M

Filed under: Uncategorized • June 29, 2020

I guess you could say this was my “quarantine project” :) Thanks to my computer-guy-husband-producer (Ben McCloskey) and my up-for-just-about-anything-author-friend (Bonnie Clark) we started a project that is dear to my heart: the Author Visit Podcast! In this podcast, we talk about EVERYTHING there is to talk about regarding school visits for authors, illustrators, librarians, etc. Our goal is to demystify this art and business, and especially now as things look might different after Covid-19 came on the scene.

Our first three episodes are already up! Come learn with us and please send us feedback or comments on AuthorVisitPodcast.com. We’d love to hear from you and if the episodes are helpful. Definitely learning as we go, but having SO much fun on this new platform!

Filed under: webcomic • May 24, 2020
Filed under: Uncategorized, webcomic • May 24, 2020
Filed under: Uncategorized • April 15, 2020

This Covid-19 pandemic is a historical happening, and it’s important to document the way we are feeling and dealing. Students must be feeling a myriad of emotions as their social and academic lives have been completely turned upside down. Journaling can help our minds organize our emotions onto different shelves instead of them all piled on one shelf about to break. So, I created three READ and WRITE journaling pages inspired by my books that I hope you’ll use to learn from and bring about some inner calm and understanding. If you enjoy these PDFs, please feel free to share :)

Stay well, friends-
Shanda

Filed under: Uncategorized • March 26, 2020

Since we’ve all been cooped up from the pandemic, let’s draw Fire Truck from my newest illustrated book, FIRE TRUCK VS. DRAGON (written by Chris Barton)!

Filed under: Uncategorized • March 16, 2020
Filed under: Uncategorized • February 4, 2020

Click on the images below to view/print the coloring sheets.

Filed under: Uncategorized • February 4, 2020

If you are up for the challenge, here are some steps to drawing the characters from FIRE TRUCK vs. DRAGON (written by Chris Barton and illustrated by me!) Don’t get caught up in trying to draw perfectly. Just enjoy yourself and the process of combining lines and shapes to make something new!

Click on the images below to view/print the activity sheets.

And here are some cuties drawn by my cuties (9 yrs) and (5yrs)…

Filed under: Uncategorized • December 13, 2019

Barton’s energetic day-in-the-life story of an unlikely pair of friends, Fire Truck and Dragon, teaches young readers quite literally to look beyond a book’s cover. While the title and jacket imply a battle between the two powerhouses, the amicable story is anything but that. While the children in the book wish to see an epic fight go down, Fire Truck and Dragon defy stereotypes and proudly flaunt their friendship, reminding onlookers that not only do they get along swimmingly but they also have many hidden talents that shouldn’t be overlooked: they enjoy cooking together, attending and participating in social functions, fostering creative hobbies, and most importantly, sharing time with each other and the neighborhood kids. McCloskey’s vibrant illustrations implement a striking primary color palette with expressive characters and fun, roughshod linework to match the liveliness of the plot. This book teaches readers to express and appreciate differences, value unlikely and unexpected friendships, and be proud of yourself and your loved ones for things you succeed at. -Booklist

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Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author