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Hi there! My name is Shanda (rhymes with panda), and I write and illustrate children’s books. I also love visiting schools and talking with kids about making… things, friends, and even mistakes.


Doll-E 1.0 Cover
T-Bone the Drone Cover
Fire Truck vs. Dragon Cover

Also in the Works:

  • Currently illustrating LITTLE RED WRITING HOOD AND THE BID BAD EDITOR by Rebecca Kraft Rector (Aladdin, Summer 2022).
  • Soon illustrating NUBBY by Dan Richards. This picture book follows an overworked stuffed bunny who strikes out on a quest for glory and appreciation. (Knopf, Spring 2023)
  • Story in progress – PUNK ROCK is a young MG graphic novel about a rock who is a rough tough bully (after being trampled most of his life). But when Rock gets an unexpected chance to join a punk band (something he’s always dreamed of), it’s only going to work if he can find it in himself to be tough and friendly.

Upcoming Events:

  • June 17, 7pm EST – Talks with T – Discussing managing life, marriage, children and being a boss lady, Live on Instagram
  • September 18nErDcampGA – Free Virtual Educator Conference! Session times TBD.

Signed Book Plates:

Already have a copy of my book(s)? I’d love to send you a signed book plate for it! Just let me know here.


Visit my Just For Kids page for LOTS more printable fun!

Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author