About Us

Calithumpian Press is a boutique publishing company specializing in children’s books worth making noise about…books that deserve a parade.

We founded Calithumpian Press in 2012, to realize our dreams of bringing KeeKee’s Big Adventures to life, the story of the adventurous calico kitty, KeeKee, who travels the world in her hot air balloon.

For more on our publishing journey, check out our interview with Foreward Reviews.

It takes a village to publish a book and together with our 40+ years of marketing expertise, we’ve assembled the team to produce the award-winning KeeKee’s Big Adventures series.

  • Casey Uhelski, IllustratorCasey graduated with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration. As a little girl, she loved books, doodling, and daydreaming. She’s never outgrown these early enthusiasms, and has happily gone on to pursue a career as a children’s book illustrator. Visit her website for more.
  • Shannon Jones, Writer: Shannon’s love of travel began at a young age. It opened her eyes and ears to the world. As a grownup, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with her husband Paul and kitty KeeKee, the idea for KeeKee’s Big Adventures was born. After twenty years in the marketing field, Shannon is launched on her new adventures, following her passion for writing and excited to be helping kids in their quest for learning and discovery.
  • Lisa Pliscou, Editor: Lisa has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years. As an editor and consultant she’s worked with writers in a broad variety of genres, ranging from children’s books to fiction and nonfiction for young adults and adults, as well as with such firms as Penguin, HarperCollins, Knopf, and Norton. A Harvard graduate, she’s also the author of seven books, with her eighth being published in 2014. Her website  for more.
  • Phoenix Color, PrinterPhoenix Color is a full-service, full-color printer of cover components, heavily-illustrated and juvenile books. They have been servicing the publishing industry within the United States since 1979 and have formed lasting relationships with some of the biggest names in book publishing. Their multi-platform manufacturing facility is located in Hagerstown, Maryland and has over 400 employees dedicated to creating quality components and highly-illustrated books.

Our second, KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Rome, Italy launched in December 2013. KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Athens, Greece landed October 29, 2014!

In the future, we plan to help others realize their dreams in this crazy, yet satisfying world of publishing.

Happy Exploring!

Shannon Jones & Paul Williams