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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sheila Kelly Welch  

Pen Name: Sheila Welch, Sheila K. Welch

Genre: Children Fiction Illustrator Non-Fiction

Audience: Children; Children;

Born: in Pennsylvania


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Illinois Connection

Welch lives in Forreston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sheila Kelley Welch is an author and illustrator. She went to Temple University and Majored in Fine Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Education. Art was always her passion and after heart surgery in 1981 she knew that if "someday" was ever going to arrive, she'd better get busy. Her first short story was published in 1983. Since then her short stories, often accompanied by her illustrations, have appeared in a number of magazines including ''Cricket'', ''Children's Playmate'', ''Girls' Life'', ''The Friend'', ''Ladybug'', ''Cicada'', and ''Spider''. Several of her short stories have been published in language arts textbooks. She has also written and/or illustrated fourteen books for children of various ages.


Published Works

  • Don`t Call Me Marda, Our Child Press, 1990
  • A Horse for All Seasons, Boyds Mills Press, 1994
  • Land of Another Sun, Shadowplay Press, 1995
  • Horses of the Air, Scott Foresman, 1996
  • Little Prince Know It All, Golden Books, 1998
  • Lazy Bones Jones, Learning Media, 1999
  • Leaping Lena, Rigby, 2000
  • The Shadowed Unicorn, Cricket Books, 2000
  • Something in The Air, Our Child Press, 2005
  • Waiting to Forget, namelos, 2011Books illustrated by Sheila Kelley Welch:
  • Is That Your Sister?: A True Story of Adoption, Our Child Press, 1992 - written by Catherine and Sherry Bunin
  • Blue Ridge, Our Child Press, 1995 - written by Jon Harper
  • Sean's War, Shadow Play Press, 1998 - written by Leone Castell Anderson
  • Sean's Quest, Shadow Play Press, 2002 - written by Leone Castell Anderson
  • Something in the Air, Our Child Press, 2005 - written by Molly Jones


Selected Titles At Your Library

Don't call me Marda /
ISBN: 0961187239. OCLC Number:

Our Child Press,. Wayne, Pa. :. ©1990.

Marsha feels apprehensive about her parents' plans to adopt a retarded child.

A horse for all seasons :
ISBN: 1563974150. OCLC Number:

Boyds Mills Press ;. Honesdale, Pa. :. 1994.

A collection of seasonal horse stories centered around contemporary children and the difficulties they encounter in their everyday lives.

Land of another sun /
ISBN: 0963881922. OCLC Number:

Shadow Play Press,. Forreston, Ill. :. ©1995.

April and Geremy ride in a magic bubble to make-believe lands.

Horses of the air /
ISBN: 0673757560. OCLC Number:

CelebrationPress,. Glenview, Ill. :. ©1996.

Little Prince Know-It-All /
ISBN: 0307263010. OCLC Number:

Golden Books,. New York :. ©1998.

Prince Caleb triumphs over his spoiled brother Omar when his parrot becomes the cleverest pet in the kingdom.

Leaping Lena /
ISBN: 0763564117. OCLC Number:

Rigby,. Crystal Lake, Ill. :. 2000.

Nico and his clever little pony, Lena, have to help his family keep their farm.

The shadowed unicorn /
ISBN: 0812628950. OCLC Number:

Front Street/Cricket Books,. Chicago :. 2000.

When their father dies suddenly, twelve-year-old twins Brendan and Nick, along with their mother and older sister Ami, move to an isolated old farm in the country, where the twins find themselves pulled into Ami's obsession with capturing a unicorn.

Something in the air /
ISBN: 1893516032. OCLC Number:

Our Child Press,. Philadelphia, PA :. ©2005.

When Ben, an abandoned puppy, is adopted by Mama Cat, he and his kitten sisters learn what being a family really means: sticking together when the going gets tough.

Waiting to forget /
ISBN: 1608981150. OCLC Number:

Namelos,. East Hampton, N.H. :. ©2011.

T.J. and his sister, Angela, learn how to move forward and be happy while in foster care.

Is that your sister? :
ISBN: 0961187263. OCLC Number:

Our Child Press,. Wayne, Pa. :. ©1992.

An adopted six-year-old girl tells about adoption and how she and her adopted sister feel about it.

Blue Ridge /
ISBN: 0961187271. OCLC Number:

Our Child Press,. Wayne, Pa. :. ©1995.

Twelve-year old Denny, newly arrived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia with his father, and coping with his mother's death as well as a new environment, discovers a friend in the woods.

Sean's war /
ISBN: 0963881949. OCLC Number:

ShadowPlay Press,. Forreston, Ill. :. ©1997.

Young Sean Callahan struggles to understand the conflict between his gentle immigrant stepmother and his gruff frontier father as northwestern Illinois erupts into war between the white settlers and the Sauk-Fox Indians led by their warrior chief Black Hawk.

Sean's quest /
ISBN: 0963881965. OCLC Number:

ShadowPlay Press,. Forreston, Ill. :. ©2003.

In this sequel to Sean's War, Sean Callahan and two friends, a Potawatomi Indian boy and a settler girl, embark on an adventure into the Minnesota region where Sean's mother is threatened by renegade Sioux Indians.

Something in the air /
ISBN: 1893516032. OCLC Number:

Our Child Press,. Philadelphia, PA :. ©2005.

When Ben, an abandoned puppy, is adopted by Mama Cat, he and his kitten sisters learn what being a family really means: sticking together when the going gets tough.


Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Welch will make presentations and participate in book signings at schools, libraries and bookstores.