Before Shadra was an author or illustrator, she was an Atlanta Public Schools elementary school art teacher! Her school visits are lively, interactive, educational, and fun! 

In book talks for kids Shadra shares a brief journey of how she became an artist, an interactive explanation of how books are made, and how she made her latest book. 

Shadra has taught book illustration and writing, along with professional development as a professor at The Maryland Institute College of Art. She has conducted workshops at The Highlights Foundation, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Picture Book Summit, and more!

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Create Your Story!

Whether your goal is to become a professional picture-book illustrator, or you simply want to illustrate books for a special child in your life, there’s something for everyone to love in my “The Art of the Picture Book” class! This dynamic and engaging class offers insight on everything from how to create believable characters to how to submit your work to a publishing house.