Shelley Johannes is obsessed with upsides and everyday joys. She is the author and illustrator of More Than Sunny, This Joy!, and the illustrated chapter book series, Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker. She is also the illustrator of upcoming What Are You Waiting For? by Marcy Campbell.read more
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker has received many honors, including a 2017 Junior Library Guild Selection, an Amazon Best Book of 2017—Ages 6-8, and a Brightly Best Children’s Books of 2017—According to Kids. It was also a Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice nominee and a Sunshine State Young Readers Award book in 2019-2020, as well as a Today Show Best Gifts for Seven-Year-Olds in 2017 and 2018. The biggest honor is the letters and drawings from kids who’ve found themselves in the pages.
A former architectural designer, Shelley now makes books from her childhood home in Metro Detroit, Michigan, where she lives with her family and four feathered friends. To see more of her art—and the antics of her birds—visit her Instagram or Shelleyjohannes.com