The Pencil Pusher Quarterly

Sample front and back of an issue of The Pencil Pusher Quarterly printed.
A bundle of PPQs!

Nothing digital here.

Just a REAL newspaper about creativity for kids!

The Pencil Pusher Quarterly is a one-page REAL newspaper geared toward elementary age kids about living a creative life through writing, art, and books! The newspaper will feature 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 completely 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 a motto that has served me well as an artist to keep making art and stories without being paralyzed by 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 :)

A new issue will drop 4 times per year (in September, November, February, and April). Think “Weekly Reader” but quarterly and about the ups/downs and coolness of doing creative things! I hope you’ll join me.

If you need to change your subscription for any reason, feel free to email me at

The newspaper folded.

Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author