Sheila Kelly Welch grew up in the rolling hills of southeastern Pennsylvania. She began writing and drawing while attending elementary school; her black crayon was always worn down from drawing horses. At Tyler School of Fine Arts, Temple University in Philadelphia, she majored in Fine Arts and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Education.
Her first short story was published in 1983, and since then her work has been accepted by numerous children’s magazines, including Cricket, Children’s Playmate, Girls’ Life, The Friend, Spider, The Red Scarf, Ladybug, Cicada, and Highlights for Children. She has illustrated many of her published short stories for The Cricket Magazine Group. Welch has written and/or illustrated fourteen books for various ages. Her novel published by Front Street/Cricket Books, The Shadowed Unicorn, was short listed for South Dakota’s young readers’ Prairie Pasque Award.
Several of Welch’s stories are based on her parents’ accounts of life during the early part of the twentieth century. One of these, “The Holding-On Night,” about the 1918 flu pandemic, published in Cricket, won the International Reading Association’s Short Story Award.
Sheila is currently working on several picture book manuscripts and illustrations, and she’s also revising two novel manuscripts. Her most recent novel, Waiting to Forget, was published by namelos and has received excellent reviews. Two of her picture books are published in digital format by MeeGenius. Mess-Up Molly is about a clever horse and a determined little girl. Big Cat and Kitten , for beginning readers, is a simple tale of a kitten who is not exactly welcomed by the big cat of the house. A magical mouse appears on every page, changing colors until Kitten finally wins Big Cat's affections.