Filed under: webcomic • July 31, 2020
Filed under: webcomic • July 31, 2020
Filed under: webcomic • July 31, 2020

I told you I was excited about this upcoming book! Here is a How-To-Draw Snuggle Bunny (the lovey toy that the main character carries with her all through the story in the pictures)! Click the image below to download and print. Happy drawing!

Filed under: Free Stuff, Uncategorized • July 28, 2020

As I post this, we still have six months to go before Bedtime Ballet (written by Kallie George and illustrated by me) meets the world on January 19, 2021, but I’m so excited that I just had to go ahead and make these coloring sheets :) Click on any coloring page to download and print. Enjoy!

Filed under: A Picture Book & A Project, For Teachers, Free Stuff • July 25, 2020

Author-illustrators including myself, K-Fai Steel, Aram Kim, Mika Song, and Doug Salati teamed up with East Flagstaff Community Library and local schools in Flagstaff, Arizona to create a series of zines that align with some of our books! We call them QuaranZines because of when/why they were created. But now, they are available for everyone (even in Spanish)! So PRINT, FOLD, & have FUN!…

Example of Shanda McCloskey's ROBOT zine.

Doll-E 1.0 zines

T-Bone the Drone zines

Fire Truck vs. Dragon zines

A New Pig (by K-Fai Steele) zines

No Kimchi For Me (by Aram Kim) zines

Ho’onani: Hula Warrior (by Mika Song) zines

In A Small Kingdom (by Doug Salati) zines

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
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Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author