Jeffrey Ebbeler has illustrated nearly 40 picture books. He has also designed pop-up books, painted large scale murals, and sculpted and preformed for a marionette theater. Jeff currently lives in Cincinnati with his wife and twin daughters.
School Visits & Speaking Engagements
Jeff explains the creative stages of developing stories and artwork from unexpected moments of inspiration, brainstorming, and notebook jottings. Activities are included in the presentation. For large assemblies, Jeff gives a step-by-step drawing lesson that the students can follow along with and add their own unique twist. For classroom-size groups, the activities involve creative writing, as well as book design where the students create their own picture book. Jeff also gives workshops for designing pop-up books that works well with middle and high-school students as well as adults. Audience: Youth or Adult. Please visit this link for more about Jeff Ebbeler’s speaking.
THE ONE AND ONLY DYLAN ST. CLAIRE (2020)
Dylan’s getting ready to audition for the school play, a musical about outer space, and he’s got his sights set on playing the star . . . figuratively and literally. But when he ends up being cast as a squirrel, the real theatrics begin. Follow this extremely secure and unique boy through his daily dramas as he tackles each dilemma with pizzazz and skill.
Giving a fabulous voice to the kind of boys who are under-represented in children’s books, Dylan St. Claire confidently walks between “masculine” and “feminine” behavior: He cries openly and expresses his emotions but also cracks jokes and finds his inner strength when the going gets rough. Full of laughs and a one-of-a-kind character kids will cheer for, this hilarious story is a celebration of individuality, persistence, overcoming disappointment, and what it takes to be a true star. (Ages 4-8)
CAPTAIN’S LOG: SNOWBOUND (2019)
A perfect choice for kids (and parents!) trapped inside on a snow day.
When his Ernest Shackleton report is ironically quashed because of a snowstorm, a school cancellation-celebrating elementary schooler chronicles his adventures at home with hilarious log entries and read-aloud-friendly results.
The Captain’s belongings start to go missing while homebound due to weather, and humorous attacks and pell-mell mutiny follow. After a series of snow day events, the crew (the Captain’s parents), the first mate (his trusty dog), and the scallywag (also known as the younger sibling) are freed from their snowbound home, and the Captain returns to school.
Kids will laugh at the Captain’s battle with his siblings, and parents will relate to the antics that ensue when the weather prevents students from heading to class and upsets daily routines and schedules. (Ages 4-8)
GEORGE THE HERO HOUND (2018)
George is a good ol’ hound dog. He helps Farmer Fritz with the chores and—most important of all—he keeps those sneaky cows out of the cornfield.
Then Farmer Fritz moves away, and a new family from the city moves in. The Gladstones have a lot to learn. George tries to help, but they don’t understand his job on the farm…until the day little Olive goes missing, and George shows everyone what it means to be a hero hound! (Ages 4-8)
LAUGH OUT LOUD (2017)
Jimmy loves reading so much that he’s inspired to start a book company for kids—run by kids. It’s a big dream for a twelve-year-old boy—some would even say it’s laugh-out-loud ridiculous!
But that doesn’t stop Jimmy from dreaming even bigger! His company will be as imaginative and fun as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory…with a Ferris wheel instead of an elevator, a bowling alley in the break room, and a river filled with floating books! He just has to believe in himself and his idea. (And maybe win the Lotto.)
In this hilarious story filled with clever references to children’s book favorites, James Patterson shows young readers that anything can be achieved if you believe in yourself no matter what! (Ages 8-12)