Recap of the Sheboygan Book Festival

I had such an amazing time meeting passionate readers, as well as other authors and illustrators at the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival. A BIG thanks to JoAnn Dent and crew for organizing such an incredible free festival for children’s literature! Here’s some pictures from the events.


Shimmerling Releases Today!

Shimmerling Cover

Click here to read Shimmerling (please note it’s a large PDF file, so it might take a few moments to load).

Shimmerling by Andrea Skyberg
Dedicated to my brother Mitch (the wings)
and my daughter Celia (the roots)

Five years ago today, I had the worst call of my life, telling me that my brother Mitch had died. He was out on his motorcycle on a beautiful fall day when someone failed to look twice and hit him. It was devastating. I was pregnant with my second daughter at the time and exactly a week after Mitch died, I gave birth to Celia.

The grief at the loss of my brother and the excitement at the birth of my daughter left me straddling between a spiritual and earthly place. Every particle in the world came alive and died at the same time for me. In the chaos, beauty, and sorrow of the following months, I cried nearly every time I walked outside—watching the trees, which were beginning their cycle of ‘death”, drop their leaves for winter brought me immense joy as I witnessed their transformation. It also brought me tremendous pain at the loss of the beautiful and vibrant colors they once were. The birds that had filled my backyard with songs were gone, leaving for brighter skies. I don’t know what it is about birds and trees, but I was, and continue to be, utterly captivated by both. The day we said goodbye to Mitch, a bald eagle circle above us. The place I scattered his ashes was the dying birch tree we played on as children.

In these moments an idea was born of a magical creature called a Shimmerling. The Shimmerling had characteristics of a bird and a tree, but was different because it wasn’t just one thing—it was both. I think our human spirits and bodies are like the Shimmerling—our spirits eventually fly away and perch in another tree, while our bodies plant to the earth and slowly go to seed. We have the opportunity, like the Shimmerling, to grow where we are planted, and later to fly away and shine on.

I knew this idea had to exist as a book because books are also like the spirits of the trees and birds. A book, made from a tree, grounds us in our world and connects us to the stories of others. But the ideas in books are like the birds that allow us to fly away from what we know and into another time and place.

After writing Shimmerling and sharing the story, many people saw something different—they saw the idea of self-acceptance and of being who you really are. Those ideas are there too, just like my brother, who never shied away from being who he was. But when I read this story, I think of my daughter Celia—the roots. And I think of my brother Mitch—the wings.

To read Shimmerling click HERE.

To Purchase Shimmerling visit Wooden Nickel Press or Amazon

Shimmerling Book Trailer

A magical creature is born from a feather that’s been sowed into the soil. As it grows, it discovers that it has characteristics of both a bird and a tree. The mighty oaks, only tall enough to see the creature’s trunk, believe it’s a tree and that it should stay grounded. The birds above, only able to see the creature’s mass of sparkling feathers, believe it’s a bird and urge it to take flight. The creature struggles between the two worlds until it sees itself as it really is–a new kind of being, a Shimmerling.

Available October 8, 2015

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Sheboygan Book Festival Video

YoutubeClip SheboyganBookFestivalThanks Nick Patton for creating this great video (below) featuring the authors and illustrators appearing at the Sheboygan Book Festival in October.
Ann AngelLaura Lee GulledgeLita JudgeJoAnn Early MackenKenn NesbittMiranda PaulJustin RobertsChristian RobinsonLiz Garton Scanlon, Andrea SkybergMichael Spradlin, Tricia SpringstubbTui SutherlandStacy Tornio and Ken KefferAshley Wolff.

Visit Me at the Sheboygan Book Festival in October!

I’m really excited to be leading an art workshop on October 11th at 10:30am at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI as part of the Sheboygan Book Festival.

Sheboygan Poster

It’s a fantastic line-up of authors and illustrators this year, including Ann AngelLaura Lee GulledgeLita JudgeJoAnn Early MackenKenn NesbittMiranda PaulJustin RobertsChristian RobinsonLiz Garton ScanlonMichael Spradlin, Tricia SpringstubbTui SutherlandStacy Tornio and Ken KefferAshley Wolff.

Gallery tour photos - Shimmerling 1Art-making workshop with author/illustrator Andrea Skyberg
Create an original metal engraved Shimmerling feather with Andrea Skyberg, based on the artwork in her book SHIMMERLING. 10:30 a.m. at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Book Signing to follow workshop.


Fratt Elementary Author Visit

I loved meeting with students from Fratt Elementary. I presented Snickeyfritz to the K4-2nd graders, Squircle for the 3rd-5th graders, had lunch with some pretty interesting students, and finished the day with a poetry workshop featuring CommuniTree for parents and students at the family literacy night event. We even got a chance to create some beautiful Shimmerling charms. Thanks to Emily Corr for setting up the visit and to the students and staff for a great day 🙂

33 Foot Mural at Milwaukee Environmental Sciences School

Shimmerling--Wall Hangings3I’m working with the students over at the Milwaukee Environmental Sciences School, creating a 33 foot mural that will showcase a grouping of six trees similar to the Shimmerling Wall Hangings. The K4-6th grade students are using the school’s six character traits—Integrity, Grit, Leadership, Craftsmanship, Stewardship and Respect to inspire the artwork. Each student is creating two leaves for the trees—a self portrait and a designed leaf with inspired by the character trait assigned to their classroom. They will also create a leaf to take home as a souvenir from the residency. This project is funded by Arts@Large and a grant from Toyota Family Learning.