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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.

Bedtime Ballet is available for pre-order! Release: Jan 19, 2021


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).
  • Proposal for PUNK ROCK (an early graphic novel for ages 6-10) about a rock that’s constantly trampled on and how he (with the help of some cool, caring creatures) finally finds his happy place, himself, and his people.

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

How-to-draw Snuggle Bunny from the book Bedtime Ballet

Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author