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Bring the creators of Fire Truck vs. Dragon into your classroom on October 8, 2020!

Filed under: Uncategorized | October 2, 2020

Dear educators (in schools or at home),

Have you ever wanted to bring an author to your students, but didn’t know where to start or simply couldn’t afford it? Or maybe you’re just slammed with other priorities, and thoughts of organizing an author visit makes your head want to explode. Well, I’ve got a treat for you!… 

I’m pumped to be partnering up with the incredible author, of Fire Truck vs. Dragon, Chris Barton, to bring you a LIVE, super affordable, accessible from anywhere, 2-for-1 punch awesome author visit webinar for YOUR students! It only costs $10 per classroom to attend, and will also be available as a recording afterward if you aren’t able to join the live event.

Chris (aka Fire Truck) and I (aka Dragon) will do a read-aloud, show you step-by-step how to draw dragon (so have paper and pencil handy), share insights into how we made our new book, and answer your “burning” questions.

You can register here: https://tinyurl.com/FTvD100820

Hope to see you there!

Also, please feel free to share this info with your fellow educators, your child’s teachers and librarians, and homeschooling families and groups.

So much love,
Shanda

I’m here when you’re ready!

Filed under: Uncategorized | September 28, 2020

Early Graphic Novel Panel with Mika Song and Erica Rand Silverman

Filed under: Uncategorized | September 15, 2020

“Donut” Miss This Graphic Novel Panel! With author-illustrator, Mika Song, and agent, Erica Rand Silverman

Register here for this free event!

Meet author-illustrator, Mika Song, and her agent, Erica Rand Silverman (of Stimola Literary Studio) and hear them talk about Mika’s early graphic novel, DONUT FEED THE SQUIRRELS, and their thoughts on the growing graphic novel scene! You’ll also get a peek into Mika’s creating process including her advice on writing/submitting a script for graphic novels and how she created a compelling plot with fewer words. In the Q & A following, the panelists will be happy to answer questions about writing and illustrating graphic novels, picture books, and more! This panel is for anyone interested in writing and illustrating for kids, and particularly those with an interest in learning industry scoop about writing and/or illustrating graphic novels.

BONUS: Mika and Erica are giving away (2) portfolio reviews to illustrator registrants, and there will be door prizes for writers too! The recording of this event will be available for 1 month afterward.

I’m so excited to be helping organize this event with my local chapter of SCBWI. See you there!

Bedtime Ballet Coloring Pages!

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!

I started a Podcast!

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!

Introducing: Slug in a Mug – a webcomic! (#1)

Filed under: Uncategorized,webcomic | May 24, 2020

READ and WRITE series! (during the pandemic)

Filed under: Uncategorized | April 15, 2020

This Covid-19 pandemic is a historical happening, and it’s important to document the way we are feeling and dealing. Students must be feeling a myriad of emotions as their social and academic lives have been completely turned upside down. Journaling can help our minds organize our emotions onto different shelves instead of them all piled on one shelf about to break. So, I created three READ and WRITE journaling pages inspired by my books that I hope you’ll use to learn from and bring about some inner calm and understanding. If you enjoy these PDFs, please feel free to share :)

Stay well, friends-
Shanda

How-To-Draw FireTruck: step-by-step VIDEO!

Filed under: Uncategorized | March 26, 2020

Since we’ve all been cooped up from the pandemic, let’s draw Fire Truck from my newest illustrated book, FIRE TRUCK VS. DRAGON (written by Chris Barton)!

Book Launch Postponed

Filed under: Uncategorized | March 16, 2020

Color Fire Truck and Dragon!

Filed under: Uncategorized | February 4, 2020

Click on the images below to view/print the coloring sheets.

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Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author