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Rachael Esh

PJ's First Pair of Glasses

The Pancake Junior Book Series helps kids manage their emotions as they navigate weirdly typical experiences. Click "view more" to watch the full video with sound! Credit: Stephen Tucker, Bighorn Films

Rachael Esh
Wyoming Artist, Author, & Illustrator

(Former Public Ed Teacher, Masters in Science)

Link to my first book on Amazon: 

PJ's First Pair of Glasses

Did you ever have weird or embarrassing experiences growing up, only to find out later they were pretty typical? Rachael aims to create children's books that help kids and families navigate these experiences together.

About the Book:


An embarrassing moment in school. A defeated pancake...

until PJ gets new red glasses that help him see things he never knew existed!

Paperback: $9.99

Kindle: FREE for kindle unlimited or $2.99

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What makes my paintings uNiqUe?

As a science educator and outdoor lover, I strive to incorporate natural materials, chunky texture, and donated paints/materials into my artwork. All of my paintings incorporate recycled coal ash embedded with carbon dioxide - often mixed with paint to make earthier tones or used in the background layer. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate recycled and natural materials into each unique piece.

Current & Upcoming Events

"Use the talents you possess; for the woods would be silent if no birds sang except those who sang best."

Henry Van Dyke

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Past Live Events

Antelope Butte Music & Art Summit

August 25, 26, & 27

Come to Antelope Butte for an Art Show/Sale and live music! See one of my acrylic abstract paintings. Learn more at

SAGE Art Soiree

June, 2023

Come out to meet the artists! While viewing our abstract work, enjoy a variety of music and sample local spirits.

Storybook Festival 2022

June 25th 8am-12pm in Whitney Commons

Don't miss your chance to meet the author and get a signed copy of PJ's First Pair of Glasses! Rachael will be posted in Whitney commons with other local vendors and activities for the whole family from 8am-12pm. 

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First Book Reviews

"I took PJ to the ocean and my 3 little cousins read and loved it. Each page they pointed out a little unique detail somewhere in the illustrations. They loved all the characters, but Dr. Croissant was my favorite! This is a book to read again as the lesson of “be you,” like PJ’s favorite book, is one to come back to. Well done by this author and illustrator!"

Chris, Amazon Review

I bought this for my son just because it seemed cute. Turns out, after a eye doc appt. a few weeks later, he actually needed glasses, and this book was PERFECT for helping him get more comfortable with the idea of having glasses so that when they came in the mail he was excited. Highly recommend the book, whether your kid has glasses or not.

Katie, Amazon Review

Teacher-mom here! You know how kids are just drawn to some books? This is one! I can’t tell if it’s the relatable character and storyline or the humor in the illustrations or the just-right readability that blends high-frequency words with rich and robust vocabulary—but, our 7 year old is captivated by it.

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