Children’s Books

One helping wasn’t enough for Readers’ Favorite! They served up TWO five-star reviews for Of Love and Pies!

I can’t imagine having too many pies. But, perhaps like everything else, too much of any one thing can become overwhelming. How about too many “I love you’s”? Are the quantities of pies and the number of times someone says “I love you” connected? If so, there would be so many pies in the world…

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It’s been a slice! Of Love and Pies takes the Literary Titan Award for children’s picture books.

A HUGE thank you to the folks at Literary Titan for their unending dedication to books, authors, publishers, and booksellers! And an additional gigantic thank you for bestowing the Literary Titan Book Award for Children’s Picture Books to Of Love and Pies. —Thanks for stopping by!Score your copy of Of Love and Pies Check out more…

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Sweet! Of Love and Pies is cooking with all 4 of Literary Titan’s stars!

Of Love and Pies is an engaging picture book written and illustrated by Sheila McGraw. The narrator suggests that every time she says I love you a baker will bake three or five pies. It starts out with pies for breakfast lunch and dinner. Everyone loves having pie whenever they want. Soon there are more…

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Edit or Regret It

Many a writer of children’s literature has felt that since their story is just 800 words, self-editing is fine. However, my view is that a second set of eyes never hurts. And if just one errant comma, or apostrophe, or typo is caught before publication, well, hallelujah. Bad punctuation can break hearts…“I’m sorry I love…

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Thoughts on Rhyming Books…

While rhyming text seems to fall in and out of favor, I’ve illustrated several rhyming books: I Promise I’ll Find You, Lightning Bug Thunder, and I Love You Too, I Love You Three. And they were all fun and a delight to work on. Over the last few years, I’ve found that whenever I write…

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The Bestseller Syndrome

What Makes a Bestseller? Presumably, anyone with a laptop and spellcheck can write a bestseller and anyone with pencils and paper can illustrate one, and anyone with both can write and illustrate a bestseller. However… thousands upon thousands of books are published each year, but only a few rise to the top. Of course we…

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I Love You Too, I Love You Three The Manuscript

The Manuscript Arrives Join me in this series for a tour of the creation of a children’s book from conception to bookstore shelf. Wendy Tugwood’s story I Love You Too, I Love You Three landed in my email inbox in the spring of 2014. There was something magical about her gentle rhyming story. Over time we emailed and…

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I Love You Too, I Love You Three Storyboarding

Illustrating the Book… Storyboarding. Once the direction and general style of the images for a book are settled, step one in the art-process of illustrating a kids’ book comes with the storyboard. Storyboarding solves the most basic issues in the appearance of the book, which are a whole bunch of things: style, format, continuity, composition,…

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I Love You Too, I Love You Three The Style

Illustrating the Book… The Choices. This sweet book, I Love You Too, I Love You Three, (written by Wendy Tugwood, with my illustrations, and published by Firefly Books) turned out to be so well-paced, so well received, that it’s hard to believe there might be a challenge or two in the making of the art… but there were….

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I Love You Too, I Love You Three Slinging Paint

Adding color. A journey from. . . This. . . . . .to this! The story-boarding is done, necessary text changes have been made and all has been approved! Now comes the color. Mr. publisher says he doesn’t want I Love You too, I Love You Three confused with any previous books. Got the blues?…

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Hi! I'm Sheila McGraw. Welcome, and thank you for visiting. I began my career toiling in the “sequin-mines” of advertising and fashion houses as an illustrator and copywriter. Then, in 1986, Firefly Books approached me to illustrate a little book titled, Love You Forever.

Welcome hyper-typers and paint-slingers to my blog about writing, illustrating, and publishing books for kids and adults; art, crafting, and whatever else tickles my fancy.

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