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Jeff Crosby and Shelley AnnJackson are husband and wife author/illustrators who have worked individually or collaboratively on a number of books. Most of their books have a historical and cultural aspect, introducing children to a foreign time and place. As former art teachers, Jeff and Shelley love leading art workshops in addition to speaking to children about picture books. All presentations and workshops will be adapted to the age of the audience.
Both Jeff and Shelley have BFA degrees in Communication Design from the University of North Texas and MFA degrees in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts. They have been illustrating professionally since 1997 for clients such as New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Gentleman's Quarterly, Chicago Tribune, Village Voice, Calkins Creek, Tundra Books, Getty Publishing, Random House, Berkley Publishing Group, Grosset & Dunlap, Price, Stern, Sloan, Inc., Crabtree Publishing Company, Peaceable Kingdom, U.S. News and World Report, Salon Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Women, Highlights for Children, Scholastic Magazine, Cobblestone Publications, Careers and Colleges Magazine.
Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos & Pit Ponies: A History of Horse Breeds, written, illustrated and designed by Jeff Crosby & Shelley Ann Jackson, published by Tundra Books, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0887769863
A companion to the award winning Little Lions book, Harness Horses includes an explanation of horse domestication and the histories of over forty breeds from six continents and thirty countries. This book incorporates the history, science and geography of one of the most beloved animals to children!
Wiener Wolf , written and illustrated by Jeff Crosby, published by Disney-Hyperion Books, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-1423139836.
This fictional picture book tells the story of a wiener dog bored with his domestic life. He sets out on a journey after hearing the call of the wild. This book is geared toward 4- to 8-year-olds.
Upon Secrecy, written by Selene Castrovilla, illustrated by Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson, published by Calkins Creek, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-1590785737
Based on real events, Upon Secrecy is the story of the Culper Spy Ring that operated under command of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The book includes facts about the war, its location and the Culpers.
Little Lions, Bull Baiters, & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds, written, illustrated and designed by Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson, published by Tundra Books, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0887768156
Little Lions incorporates history, science, geography, and best of all . . . pets! It begins with an introduction to the domestication of dogs and continues with the history of 50 breeds, with a huge variety in the dogs' appearances, original uses, and countries of origin. It was selected 2008 juvenile nonfiction book of the year by ForeWord Magazine.
Brave Cloelia, written by Jane Curry, illustrated by Jeff Crosby, published by Getty Publishing, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0892367634
Based on a true story, Brave Cloelia is the story of a young Roman girl named Cloelia who outsmarts the Etruscan guards and is rewarded with her freedom. It was published to celebrate the unveiling of the antiquities collection at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, written by Henry Barker, illustrated by Jeff Crosby, published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0892367634
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses discusses the various deities of ancient Egypt and their roles in Egyptian society.
Knights, written by Catherine Daly-Weir, illustrated by Jeff Crosby, published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0448418575
Knights follows a noble boy on his journey from page to knight, describing the training and education that he receives, as well as castle life.
Out of Print Books:
Dragons, written by Mara Conlon, illustrated by Jeff Crosby, published by Grosset and Dunlap, 2001.
Drawing Horses, illustrated by Jeff Crosby, published by Grosset and Dunlap, 2000.
Coat of Arms, written by Catherine Daly-Weir, illustrated by Jeff Crosby, published by Grosset and Dunlap, 2000.
Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds-This
award winning picture book incorporates history, science, geography, and
best of all . . . pets! It was written, illustrated and designed by
Jeff and Shelley collaboratively, so there is no question about the book
that they can't answer. This presentation weaves together the process
of creating the book with interesting facts about dogs and their
histories. Props include actual manuscripts, sketches and original art, a
globe o' dogs, and a couple of life-sized stuffed animal dogs.
Harness Horses Presentation: This presentation will follow the same
structure as the Little Lions presentation, weaving information about
creating a childrenís book with interesting facts about horses. For
those who canít choose between dogs and horses, we can incorporate both!
Wiener Wolf: Jeff Crosby is in the unique position of having had to add words to his wordless picture book! Using Wiener Wolf as an example, heíll teach kids about telling stories with pictures and how text and art interact to make a story richer. Jeff will also do a reading, illustration demos, and regale audiences with real life stories of living with wiener dogs! General
illustration presentation: Jeff and Shelley will talk about their
training as illustrators, their methods and styles, collaboration, and
promotion. They will show examples of different illustration genres,
show their processes from sketch to finished art, and answer questions
about being professional illustrators.
Collaboration: Students will learn how an author and illustrator collaborate to create a picture book, as well as how two illustrators collaborate on the same painting! Examples will be shown of other author/illustrator teams, as well as the couple's own work. Shelley and Jeff will discuss finding your strength in a team, communication and compromise. Then students will be led through various drawing and writing exercises, all with a focus on collaboration.
Revolutionary Spies: This workshop will start off with a brief presentation of the book Upon Secrecy. Afterward, Shelley and Jeff will discuss secret codes and "sympathetic stain," the invisible ink used by the Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War. Finally, students will create their own coded messages using invisible ink and try to decipher their classmates' messages.
We'd be happy to customize a presentation or workshop for your classroom. Just send us an email telling us what your needs are!
What some folks have said about our presentations and workshops:
"The students were fascinated with the Little Lions presentation because they love dogs. I loved it because you spoke of having an editor critique your work, revising your writing and art, the importance of solid research, working collaboratively, and being persistent until you reach your goal, all concepts that we try to teach students on a daily basis." Grade 5 & 6 teacher, Chicago, Illinois.
"While we were studying Egypt, Jeff presented his book, Egyptian Gods & Goddesses. Then he and Shelley led the students in creating their own Egyptian masks. It really added a dimension to the curriculum and got the kids' creative juices flowing. They were excited and engaged! We can't wait to have them back again." Grades one to three teacher, Chicago, Illinois.
"There is nothing better than introducing students to professionals who are passionate about books! Shelley and Jeff's love of writing and illustrating shows through in their presentation." Fourth grade teacher, League City, Texas.
"I had the privilege of hearing Jeff and Shelley's Little Lions presentation. It is fascinating. You are in for a real treat!" School librarian, New York, New York.
"Thank you for coming to our classroom. When are you coming again? I loved the mask project so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so ... so much!" Third grade student, New York, New York.
Honorarium: $900 for a full day of presentations (3 maximum), plus travel expenses. This fee includes a copy of the book being presented for each classroom attending (up to 15 copies) $1000 for a full day of workshops (3 maximum, with a maximum of 20-30 students per workshop), plus travel expenses. This fee includes a copy of the book being presented for each classroom attending and project supplies (up to 10 copies).