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Carmen loves to speak at literary festivals, writing workshops & conferences, school & library visits and special events. She loves to entertain people, young and old. She would love to tailor a program for your organization.

Over the years, Carmen has moderated panels and introduced speakers for the Writers’ League of Texas, the Texas Book Festival, and the Austin SCBWI chapter. She’s also taught workshops for the Austin SCBWI chapter on subjects about blogging, marketing, raising a writer, and getting a community education.

Author Visits

Carmen’s author visit programs inspire children to love PIE. P to Persuade. I to Inform. E to Entertain. Great writing is all about PIE and so are the roles authors play in children’s lives. Carmen has been involved in putting together writing workshops and books clubs for after school programs. She’s passionate about creating lifelong readers and leaders.


“Ms. Oliver’s friendliness flexibility and sense of appreciation bordered on the legendary…her efforts made for an unforgettable experience, and one of the highlights of my own teaching career.” — Sam Juliano, Children’s Literature Reading Coordinator, Fairview, New Jersey

“Carmen was such a fabulous presenter and the children just lapped up her words, her ROARS, the story, and their new books.”–Dara La Porte, An Open Book Foundation, Washington, D.C.

“Thank you for sharing your many talents with our students and thank you for your willingness to meet with the four classes.”–Karen Cowden, Kimball ES Librarian, Washington, D.C.

“Carmen Oliver visited with our kindergarten and first grade classes, and engaged them immediately with tales of her reading life as a child and her path to becoming an author.  She effortlessly wove details of her life in Canada, Winnie-the-Pooh, research on spirit bears, and inspiration from her own children, all leading up to her debut picture book, Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies. Ms. Oliver’s encouragement to follow your dreams inspired students to write their own stories and talk about perseverance.” Librarian Chris Margocs, Sommer Elementary, Texas

“It was an amazing presentation. The students were engaged and had many opportunities to share. It was one of the best author visits I’ve ever had.” Librarian Michelle Lightbourn, Boone Elementary, Texas

“She (Carmen Oliver) was the best author I’ve seen. A natural with the kids and everything she said was relevant to them.” Ginger Quiroga, Teacher at Popham Elementary, Texas

“The kids really loved the author visit with Carmen Oliver.  They were talking about it all afternoon!” Linda Daniels, Teacher at Popham Elementary, Texas

“Carmen Oliver was a joy to have at Popham Elementary.  The kids and teachers absolutely loved her!  She had us roarrring for reading!” Ne’Leigh Hamilton, Librarian Popham Elementary, Texas

“Carmen Oliver did a fantastic job presenting at our summer reading camp. While we had students from pre-k through high school, she perfectly tailored the message to reach all ages. The kids loved hearing about her stories growing up, her genuine love for reading, and her inspirational message that every child can be whatever they want to be! My favorite aspect of her presentation was how interactive it was—the kids were encouraged to share and let out a big ‘roar for reading’. It would be a pleasure to have Ms.Oliver present at our camp next year, as I’m sure she will have new adventures to share.” – Sarah Salinas, Assistant Director Read to the Top, Taylor, Texas