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My debut picture book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies released on March 1, 2016 with Capstone Young Readers in the U.S. & Canada and in the UK with the imprint Curious Fox. Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of the interior page spreads!


Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies is on the 2017 shortlist for the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy. Thank you CLEL Bell Awards Selection Committee for this honor!

2016 Picture Book Month Champions! I’m honored to be included in this talented pool of authors and illustrators celebrating picture books. Thank you, Dianne de Las Casas! I’m thrilled to kickoff Picture Book Month on Nov. 1st with my essay on “Why Picture Books Are Important?”


Rainforest of Reading Award Bears Makes the Best Reading Buddies one of 10 nominees! Every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom in St. Lucia will be receiving a book! I’m looking forward to inspiring 8,500 children at next year’s festival in March 2017! Thank you for this honor OneWorld SchoolHouse Foundation!


Upcoming Events!

Jan 19 – Feb 23, 2017 – Teaching Perfecting the Picture Book I at the Writing Barn
Feb 14, 2017 – Author Visit at Round Rock Christian Academy
Feb 25, 2017 – Speaker at Austin SCBWI Marketing Boot Camp
Mar 3-4, 2017 – Speaker 21st annual Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival
Mar 9, 2017 – Author Visit at Cowan Elementary
Apr 19, 2017 – Appearance at Texas Library Association Annual Conference, San Antonio
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Texas Authors & Illustrators Round Table: Librarian Meet & Greet, 007A, River Level
Apr 20, 2017 – Signings at Texas Library Association Annual Conference, San Antonio
12pm-1pm – Overlooked Books Booth #1917
1pm-3pm – Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels Annual Reception Booth #1917
3pm-4pm – Capstone Booth #1517
May 7-12, 2017 – Faculty member at Highlights Foundation, Crafting Successful Author Visits
June 15-18, 2017 – Consultant at Vermont College of Fine Arts WCYA Alumni Mini-Residency
Sept 24-27, 2017 – Faculty member at Highlights Foundation, The Journey: Your Path to Publication

About Carmen Oliver

I’m a children’s author and presenter, freelance writer, and I’m the founder of a children’s booking agency called the Booking Biz that brings award-winning authors and illustrators into schools, libraries, and special events. Thanks for stopping by!