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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sue Shanahan  

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Audience: Adult; Children; Children;


-- Sue Shanahan on WorldCat --

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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

What I Believe
ISBN: 1582701229

Beyond Words Publishing. 2004

What I Believe is a touching account of some of our most cherished beliefs about life, love, hope and friendship. It appeals both to adults and children and provides an opportunity for them to share these important beliefs. How do we share our beliefs with our children? In today's world we are not always given a moment to sit down and talk about the things we believe in most - things like laughter, love, hope and friendship. Author, Jennifer Murphy-Morrical, and artist, Sue Shanahan, have created an opportunity for parents and children to share their beliefs in their book What I Believe. As an inspiring testimonial, What I Believe takes the reader on a journey through our most basic and simple beliefs about life. From believing that 'life can give the best you can imagine' to 'if you need a nap then you should take one', the writing describes experiences that people of any age can relate to. The conclusion of the book offers a strong message about personal values. Readers will be enchanted by Shanahan's beautiful and endearing illustrations, which further serve to illuminate the books heart-warming sentiments. In addition, the page includes a special feature where parents or children can personalize the book by writing down their own beliefs to share.

Sarah the Best Bridesmaid: A Paper Doll Storybook (Dover Paper Dolls)
ISBN: 0486435318

Dover Publications. 2004

This charming book combines the fun of playing with paper dolls and the love of a good story. Full-color illustrations plus beautiful, historically accurate outfits depict fashions of the antebellum South and complement the story of spirited Sarah and her family in the midst of preparations for the wedding of Sarah's sister. 1 doll 6 costumes.

Southern Belle Sisters Sticker Paper Dolls (Dover Little Activity Books Paper Dolls)
ISBN: 0486441970

Dover Publications. 2005

Dress this darling duo from the Old South in charming outfits that will take them through a calendar of events. Dark-haired Margaret and Rose, with her blonde ringlets, will love showing off their full-skirted dresses, lace-trimmed tops, hair ribbons, and feathered hats.


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.

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