Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Sheli Petersen

Illustrator and Writer

Region: Nebraska
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: < 500 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
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My art career began at age three with crayon drawings of the solar system. My vocation as a storyteller started in kindergarten when I was invited to present my first hand-made book, a story about a dinosaur family who went bowling every Sunday morning, to the "big kids" in the second grade class.

As an award-winning illustrator, I exhibit my work at international, national, and regional venues and have five published picture books.

I'm also a proud and active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, providing leadership for their Nebraska chapter as Co-Illustrators Coordinator.

My clients include: Cricket Media, National Heritage Museum, Highlights for Children, Renaissance House, McGraw-Hill 

My books include: 
Gigi and the Birthday Ring by Giselle Fernandez 
Voladores by Patricia Petersen 
Los Genios de la Montaña by Raquel Benatar  
Itza—The Boy Who Rode a Jaguar by Leonard Bernard  
Magali—An Aztec Legend about Good Fortune by Patricia Petersen

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