Sue Shanahan

From Illinois Authors
Jump to: navigation, search

General Information

Name: Sue Shanahan

Born in: 1956 in Joliet, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Sue was born in Joliet and resides in Mokena, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Acclaimed illustrator Sue Shanahan never met author Jennifer Murphy-Morrical, but together they produced the book What I Believe, a beautiful colletion of thoughts on love, hope, friendship and kindness. Sue created most of the book's illustrations between commissions over the past few years. Jennifer wroter the sentiments to her children. The book's publisher brought the two works together, and drawings and thoughts matched perfectly. Sue's other books include Sarah the Best Bridesmaid and several collections of sticker paper dolls.

Sue is a freelance artist and illustrator, she paints portraits of children and creates beautiful prints for different occasions. The Illnois State Library has commissioned Sue to create art for the annual Family Reading Night Celebration. To take a look at Sue's beautiful work, see her websites and

Below is a link to an iMovie of Sue's art played to the song "Wonder." The intention behind it is to celebrate the unique beauty of each child. Natalie Merchant gave Sue personal permission to post it on you tube -

Published Works

  • What I Believe, Beyond Words, 2004 - Illustrated by Sue Shanahan and written by Jennifer Murphy-Morrical
  • Sarah the Best Bridesmaid: A Paper Doll Storybook, Dover 2004
  • Southern Belle Sister: Sticker Paper Dolls, Dover, 2005

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

What I Believe

ISBN: 1582701229
Release Date: 2004-10-04

Find on World Cat

Sarah the Best Bridesmaid: A Paper Doll Storybook (Dover Paper Dolls)

ISBN: 0486435318
Release Date: 2004-08-11

Find on World Cat

Southern Belle Sisters Sticker Paper Dolls (Dover Little Activity Books Paper Dolls)

ISBN: 0486441970
Release Date: 2005-07-23

Find on World Cat

Literary Awards

Sue was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Sue Shanahan on WorldCat

Sue Shanahan on Amazon


This page can only be edited by Illinois Center for the Book staff, this author or this author's representatives. Please contact us for access.