Heather Shumaker

Heather Shumaker is the author of books for children and adults.

Her newest book, The Griffins of Castle Cary, is charming and slightly spooky adventure for middle grade readers, ages 8-12 (Simon & Schuster, 2019). The story features three plucky siblings, a ginormous, drooly Newfoundland dog, and a bit of a ghost problem.

Heather is a nationally known speaker who frequently keynotes and teaches workshops. She speaks at early childhood conferences around the U.S. and Canada, as well as schools, libraries and writing conferences. She loves to share her joy of books and children with audiences everywhere.

She’s the author of three nonfiction books, including Saving Arcadia, a narrative nonfiction book about Great Lakes land conservation. Saving Arcadia (Wayne State, 2017) has won state and national awards including: Michigan Notable Book Award, Eric Hoffer Award finalist, and Next Generation Indie Book – Environment Winner. Her nonfiction parenting/ education books (It’s OK Not to Share, Tarcher Penguin, 2012 and It’s OK to Go Up the Slide Tarcher Penguin RandomHouse, 2016) have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Romanian, and Russian.

Heather was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a BA in sociology/ anthropology from Swarthmore College and an MS in land resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today Heather lives in Traverse City, Michigan with her husband and two children.





The Griffins of Castle Cary Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534430891
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-5 Business Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes (Painted Turtle) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814342046
Availability: Special Order - Potentially 2 Weeks or More
Published: Painted Turtle Book - April 1st, 2017

It's OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399172007
Availability: BACKORDERED - Potentially 2 Weeks or More
Published: TarcherPerigee - March 8th, 2016

It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9781585429363
Availability: Usually in Stock
Published: TarcherPerigee - August 2nd, 2012