Children's books that excite the imagination with rhyme and art. 

Author Ed Shankman and Illustrator Dave O'Neill are the creative team behind 12 children's books, and counting. Your children will lose themselves in the dazzling illustrations, the irrepressible imaginings, and the magical, mesmerizing music of words. You'll love reading these books aloud as whimsical notions tumble off your tongue in sparkling rhyme.

From the award-winning "I Met a Moose in Maine One Day" to the newest title, "Where's the Bathroom?", Shankman and O'Neill create fun, exciting stories and characters for children and parents to share. 

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An ever-growing library for GROWING young readers.


Here's what people are saying.

"Just over a week ago, we added Ed Shankman and Dave O’Neill’s “I Met a Moose in Maine One Day” to our home library, and I can honestly say I nearly have it memorized because the girls have requested that I read it so much."    
All of Shankman and O’Neill’s books are amazing.    
"When I found Shankman and O’Neill I felt like I had found a lost treasure! I had never heard of them until a few months ago and what they have to offer is worthy of being on a children’s classic list. Trust me, we read a lot of books around here and Shankman and O’Neill are in a league of their own!"  
“Author Ed Shankman and illustrator Dave O'Neill have done a fantastic job in creating this fun book for children ages two to seven . . . Although meant for young children, I loved reading the book and admired the colorful illustrations - and, my grandchild keeps asking me to read the book to him over and over again . . .Young and old are certain to enjoy this book, as well as other books by Shankman and O'Neill.” 
–, writing about “My Grandma Lives in Florida”   READ MORE
"Well, it looks like our new favorite author/illustrator team is back at it again with a new addition to their book line-up and you are going to love this one, too!!!”
Whimsical rhymes and wonderful illustrations make this book an irresistible read for children 3-7 and for the people who love them.”, about "I Met a Moose in Maine One Day  
"The Bourbon Street Band is Back is one you are not going to want to miss!"  
“The rhythmic writings of Ed Shankman and the cuddly illustrations from Dave O’Neill have come to feel like old friends here at our house.”

Summer Book Signing Schedule

Thursday, July 4th
L.L. Bean, Freeport MaineMAP

FRIDAY, July 5th
Paradies Shop in the Portland Airport
7000 NE Airport Way #2606, Portland, OR 97218 — MAP

Maine’s Pantry
250 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101 — MAP

Beach Funatic
2 Railroad Ave, York, ME 03909 — MAP

232 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907 — MAP



"The Bourbon Street Band is Back" read aloud to over 450 New Orleans School Children

Actor Wendell Pierce reads aloud at the Turn the Page Literacy Campaign Kick-Off at the New Orleans Public Library.

March 12 – New Orleans - Guinness World Records today notified the Turn the Page Literacy Campaign that it achieved the “Largest Reading Lesson” when 451 children took part in a launch event on Jan. 22, 2014 at the New Orleans Public Library to kick off a major multi-parish wide effort. That event, hosted by Grammy winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and co-chair Wendell Pierce, combined the best of New Orleans music and story-telling and easily broke the previous Guinness record.

“Turn the Page” is a collaborative effort led by the New Orleans Public Library Foundation with a bold goal—to make New Orleans the most literate city in America by its 300th birthday in 2018. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton, area University presidents, chancellors, campaign co-chairs actor Wendell Pierce, Vice Chairman of the New Orleans Public Library Board Christine Guillory, Executive Director of the New Orleans Public Library Charles Brown and Interim President and Executive Director of Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Miranda Restovic all attended the dynamic kickoff event.

Irvin Mayfield, Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist and founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, plays live as "The Bourbon Street Band is Back" is read aloud to over 450 New Orleans school children.

Irvin Mayfield, Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist and founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, plays live as "The Bourbon Street Band is Back" is read aloud to over 450 New Orleans school children.

Instrumental in the creation of the campaign is renowned trumpeter Irvin Mayfield who gathered a number of musicians to provide a musical accompaniment to the reading by Wendell Pierce. Noted New Orleans musicians included Ellis Marsalis, Glen David Andrews, Shannon Powell, Don Vappie and Peter Harris.  Mayfield was recently named Chairman Emeritus of the New Orleans Public Library as a recognition of several years of completed volunteer service on the board.    

“Our goal is to work together to make New Orleans the most literate city in America by our 300th anniversary in 2018, so this record helps bring recognition to such a vital issue for our region,” said Co-Chair Guillory. “We are experiencing a lot of momentum with all our efforts but we have just begun and need everyone to continue to contribute so we can reach our goal and make sure every child becomes literate and learns to read.”

New Orleans is currently ranked as the 19th most literate city among 75 US cities with 250,000 or more in population, according to a 2014 study conducted by Central Connecticut State University.  Coming off the heels of our campaign launch, this is a rise from being ranked 25th in the 2013 study. The kickoff event garnered major media attention in an effort to increase awareness about literacy and the “Turn the Page” campaign. Several local elementary schools, including Mahalia Jackson Elementary, Ben Franklin Elementary, Edgar P. Harney Elementary and James Singleton Elementary arranged field trips for their first and second graders to attend the record attempt and enjoy a dynamic reading lesson based on “The Bourbon Street Band is Back,” written by Ed Shankman and illustrated by David O’Neill. 

“Turn the Page” is an effective way that local businesses, non-profit organizations, community associations and media outlets can display their commitment to one of the most serious issues facing New Orleans – Literacy.

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Lesson Plans

We're dedicated to creating positive, entertaining and educational experiences for young readers and the people who read with them. With that in mind, we've begun the creation of free lesson plans which offer additional perspectives and discussions based on our stories.

Click the buttons below to download free lessons plans for use in your classroom and home.

Coloring Pages

Click the images below to download and print.

I Met a Moose in Maine One Day

I Met a Moose in Maine One Day

The Boston Ballonies

The Boston Ballonies

The Bourbon Street Band is Back

The Bourbon Street Band is Back

Champ and Me by the Maple Tree

Champ and Me by the Maple Tree

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