Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives in California’s Mojave Desert. He got his start doing record and poster art for his band the Matches in 2003, moving on to illustrate for popular musicians including Adele, Snoop Dogg, and 311. His first picture book "Her Right Foot", written by Dave Eggers, was the recipient of six starred reviews. Shawn and Eggers released a second book in Fall of 2018, entitled "What Can a Citizen Do?", which was named by Time magazine among “The 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2018”. Shawn is currently illustrating a book written by Colin Meloy and a book written by Mac Barnett, as well as his own author/illustrator debut which will be published by Chronicle Books.

Shawn is represented by Steven Malk at Writers House. 


Praise for "Her Right Foot"

“As enlightening as it is charming.”

—The New York Times

“A fascinating and engrossing tale.”

—Entertainment Weekly

“Witty, moving.”

—The Wall Street Journal

★ “Unique and important.”

—School Library Journal, starred review

★ “In a time when immigration is a hot-button issue, it’s good to

be reminded that Lady Liberty continues to lift her lamp beside

the golden door.”

—Booklist, starred review

★ “Heartfelt throughout and indisputably timely.”

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “Crucial and timely.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “Transcendent.”

—Shelf Awareness, starred review

★ “Thought-provoking and a read-aloud delight.”

—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

★ “An easy opening to the current vital discussion about


—School Library Connection, starred review

  • An ALA Notable Book

  • A Chicago Tribune Best Children’s Book of the Year

  • A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year

  • A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year

  • An NPR Best Book of the Year

  • A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of the Year

  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

  • A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year

  • A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year

  • An Best Children’s Book of the Year