Books with Humor and Heart
Shannon Kelley Atwater is an author-illustrator based in New Orleans, LA. In first grade, on her student of the week poster, she proclaimed that she wanted to be an artist when she grew up and that dream never died. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from Loyola University in 2009 and has been working in the arts ever since.
In 2018 Shannon found her true artistic passion when she had the idea for Alligators Don’t Like Flowers. She had always fantasized that she would illustrate a children’s book someday but never thought the story would be her own. It took some time but in 2022 she got to hold a copy of her first book in her hands.
Shannon lives with her husband Nate and their three kids, their dog, and their bearded dragon. Outside of writing and illustrating books, she’s a self proclaimed Mardi Gras enthusiast and a Co-Captain of her marching group, Krewe des Fleurs where she gets to dress up as a larger than life flower.
She has been a featured author at The Louisiana Book Festival, The New Orleans Book Festival, and featured on NPR’s the Reading Life with Susan Larson.
*Photo by Double Takes Photography