People sometimes ask how I became a book illustrator. As an artist, I had always wanted to illustrate children’s books but had not been able to find my way into the field. Then one day in 1995 a couple approached me at one of my art openings. They explained that they were children’s books publishers. They liked my work, could they take me to lunch? I was thrilled.

In reality it took another ten years before I had my first contract with Tradewind Books and had the pleasure of illustrating Abby’s Birds, written by Ellen Schwartz. Once Upon a Bathtime by Vi Hughes and Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple followed quickly. And somewhere in there my husband, Bob Bossin, and I published Latkes, an adult adaptation of a Jewish folk tale.

I was still hovering somewhere between a fabric artist and a book illustrator when I wrote a small graphic novel. Embroidered Cancer Comic, the story of our life after my Bob’s 2011 cancer diagnosis, is illustrated with my original embroideries. The book was published by Singing Dragon out of Britain in 2016 and Bob and I toured with it extensively. It was even praised by Dame Judi Dench.

In 2020, just as I was searching for a new artistic project, Covid19 hit. At a time when we were all so isolated from each other, I needed to figure out how to build community. By August of that year I was putting out a daily comic to a list of subscribers in return for donations to the food bank. For almost three years I sent comics to subscribers in eight countries. In 2023, with the help of a wonderful graphic designer, Gwen Frankton, I wove the comics into a graphic novel and published Couches Get Lonely Too.”

Books by or Illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin

Couches Get Lonely Too

Couches Get Lonely Too

Couches Get Lonely Too By Sima Elizabeth Shefrin Book Design by Gwen Frankton "I couldn’t lay it down…It’s gripping stuff"- Peggy Seeger, folk singer and activist. Stitching for Social Change, 2023ISBN: 978-1-7782433-0-1150 pages, paperback © 2023 by Sima Elizabeth...

Embroidered Cancer Comic

Embroidered Cancer Comic

Embroidered Cancer Comic By Sima Elizabeth ShefrinA tender and funny comic about the rarely discussed effects of cancer treatment on one’s sex life. The comic received glowing reviews, including in the Lancet, and was praised by Judy Dench. All the illustrations were...

Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts

Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts

Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts Tales retold by Jane YolenRecipes by Heidi E.Y. StempleIllustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin "Shefrin's textured, collage illustrations add flavor and spice." - School Library Journal Tradewind Books, 2013 ISBN: 9781896580708 ISBN10:...

Once Upon a Bathtime

Once Upon a Bathtime

Once Upon a Bathtime By Vi HughesIllustrated by Sima Elizabeth ShefrinThe tub bubbles over with fairy tales as a little girl gets ready for bed with her favorite toys. This tender story is illustrated with Sima Elizabeth Shefrin's beautiful collages and is sure to...

Latkes

Latkes

Latkes By Bob BossinIllustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin"Latkes is illustrated by nine wonderful and stylish images." - Olga Livshin, Vancouver Jewish IndependentNick Books, 2007ISBN: 978-0-9808907-0-9 Latkes is out of print but  is available as a pdf file.Contact...

Abby’s Birds

Abby’s Birds

Abby's Birds By Ellen SchwartzIllustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin "Elizabeth Shefrin's cut-paper illustrations - ingenious and most appealing to the eye - are the perfect medium for this exquisitely subtle picture-book, in which origami, the Japanese art of folding...