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Shanda McCloskey

Hi! My name is Shanda, and I write and illustrate children’s books. I also love visiting schools and talking with kids about robots, drones, and creating stories with words and pictures.


My Favorite Way to Keep in Touch!

My email newsletter is a monthly-ish note from me about the ups and downs of my creative endeavors (maybe you can relate). This is my absolute favorite way to keep in touch with media specialists, teachers, and parents of readers! (It’s the good stuff:)

Sign up here.

A REAL newspaper just for kids!

The Pencil Pusher Quarterly is a one-page REAL newspaper geared toward elementary age kids about living a creative life through reading, writing, art, and books!

The newspaper features different topics each quarter from articles about behind the scenes of books/creators to personal perseverance, how-to-draw activities to comic writing prompts, and everything in-between. 

Feel free to sign up a child, a class, or multiple classes! It’s FREE (USA only). 

My hope is that this REAL (hold-it-in-your-hands) newspaper will be used in homes and schools all over the country not only to connect more with my readers, but to foster conversations about how creative problem solving is sometimes messy, rarely a straight line, and should be enjoyed throughout the process. 

“Progress not perfection” is the motto that has served me well as an artist to keep making my art and stories without being paralyzed with fear of failure. I believe we need to talk about this stuff more with kids and that’s my inspiration for The Pencil Pusher Quarterly :)

I just launched a donorbox to help fund this labor of love. I’m so grateful for any support!

Upcoming Events:

  • September 2 2023, 1-4pm, Children’s Book Event at The Reading Attic – Marietta, GA
  • September 29 2023, NEGA LMS Annual Collaborative Meetup – Winterville, GA, breakout session!
  • April 2024, One Book Habersham – Habersham County, GA, A week of various events!

Book Merch:

All my book related designs are available on multiple items/colors!

Shop my TeePublic store here.

Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author