May's word of the month is Windy!  Today the wind is blowing pollen across the country, creating a POLLEN TSUNAMI!  ACHOO!  So I am posting a few illustrations from my just released book, Achoo! Why Pollen Counts.  Each page has wind billowing pollen, so it was tough to select just a few!  Baby Bear has come out of hibernation and has a big problem - he's allergic to pollen!  Check out the book and find out how he comes to appreciate that dusty stuff that makes us sneeze!

Written and illustrated by Shennen Bersani, Arbordale Publishing, May 2015.

Hoot says the owl

Over On The Farm
Here's one more image representing WINGS. I wanted to post this before April turns to May. This is for an upcoming picture books written by Marianne Berkes and will be out Spring of 2016. It will be a counting book for very young kids. Can you count the owls? I have a few more images from this book on my Studio With A View Blog. Thanks for taking a look.

WINGS - Sphinx Moth

 "Sphinx Moth" 
colored pencils on Strathmore paper
© Paula Pertile

I was inspired to do an illustration of this moth after one started visiting my jasmine in the evenings. I thought it was a hummingbird, its so HUGE! It starts out as one of those scary horned caterpillar worms. I never knew they turned into such glorious creatures. Nature is amazing!

More Wings!

Here's an illustration of "wings" I did for my Dover coloring book HEROES. 

Orville & Wilbur Wright
b/w line art by 
Steven James Petruccio

The Winged Variety

Here's an assortment of winged creatures I've illustrated for some books...

Watercolor Illustrations by
Steven James Petruccio

Flying in on Wings

My first authored book, Achoo! Why Pollen Counts, written and illustrated by me, Shennen Bersani, is being released later this month from Arbordale Publishing.  Pollen and bees are in the air in these illustrations from the book.  Learn more about the book, and pollen, at the book's website www.achoowhypollencounts.com.


Wingfest is a poetry and flight contest conducted by the birds of Faradawn Island, which the characters from The Fog Mound visit in Book Two of the trilogy, Faradawn, by Susan Schade and Jon Buller, Simon and Schuster, 2007.

WINGS for April!

If You Love Honey by Martha Sullivan, illustrated by Cathy Morrison
April's theme word is WINGS, so here's some blue jays to welcome spring. This is a spread from If You Love Honey, by Martha Sullivan, published by Dawn Publications and illustrated by me, Cathy Morrison. It's the second book I've illustrated for Martha and I'm a huge fan of her writing. It seems like kids like her as well.

This is set to come out September 2015. Thanks for taking a look!

Hopeful Wings

Illustration by Patrick Girouard

House of the Bishop

House of the Bishop by Ellen Beier, from Les Miserables
     In this image, Jean Valjean returns to the house of the Bishop: from the (abridged) text: “What a wretch I am!” he exclaimed, and he burst into tears for the first time in 19 years. Valjean realized that he had to change. When the church clock chimed three on that morning, he was kneeling in prayer at the bishop’s door.

Home is where the heart is...

Houses don't come in one shape or size. The mole lives underground, the seal lives in the ocean and the  deer and fox live in the meadow. 

These are illustrations from Pitter and Patter written by Martha Sullivan, published by Dawn Publishing and illustrated by me, Cathy Morrison. It's one of their new spring releases. 

Welcome Home and Happy Spring!