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Shelley is the author/illustrator of the Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker chapter book series (Little, Brown BFYR), and picture book debut, More Than Sunny (Abrams 2021). Her second picture book, This Joy!, releases in October.


Before becoming an author-illustrator, Shelley began her creative career with ten years in architecture—where she fell in love with felt-tip pens, tracing paper, and the greatness of black turtlenecks. She currently lives in Metro Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two sons, and four adorable birds.


If you're interested in the longer version of the journey to Beatrice, feel free to click through this extended bio slideshow.


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The Evolution of 
Beatrice Zinker

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