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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 creating, persevering, and thinking big.

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, Spring 2022).
  • Proposal for PUNK ROCK (a graphic novel for ages 6-10) about a rock that’s constantly trampled and how he (with the help of some cool, caring creatures) finds his happy place, himself, and his people.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, December 10, 2020, 1 PM EST – Holiday edition! Chris Barton and Shanda McCloskey present Fire Truck vs. Dragon to kids and classrooms everywhere LIVE! Register here.
  • Sunday, January 17, 2021, 1 PM EST – Story time, drawing lesson, and book launch celebration for Bedtime Ballet on on YouTube live! A special thanks to Read It Again Bookstore for hosting this event!
  • Saturday, April 10, 2021BAM Festival (Virtual)


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

Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author