Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies

Advanced Reader Copy (cover)

Author: Carmen Oliver

Illustrator: Jean Claude

Published: Capstone Young Readers/Curious Fox March, 2016

Adelaide attempts to persuade her teacher Mrs. Fitz-Pea that her reading buddy choice is nothing to be afraid of because his bear-like qualities make him perfectly equipped for the job.

Available now! Click HERE! A downloadable educator/activity guide by educator Debbie Gonzales.

Available now! Click HERE! Downloadable coloring pages with Bear and Adelaide.

Available now! Click HERE! Downloadable poster “Who’s Your Reading Buddy?”


“Children will surely want their own large brown reading buddies after listening to this book about the joys and challenges of reading.”


Finalist in the 2016 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards (Picture Book Category)

2017 shortlist for the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy


A Voice for the Spirit Bears 

Author: Carmen Oliver

Illustrator: TBD

Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2019

It’s the story about Canadian Simon Jackson a “young person with no remarkable skills or intellect but simply with a passion,”overcoming challenge after challenge to save the endangered black and white spirit bears. As others join his cause, shy Simon discovers he’s as fearless as the bears himself.


The Favio Chavez Story

Author: Carmen Oliver

Illustrator: TBD

Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, TBD

In this picture book biography, Favio Chavez shows impoverished children living in Paraguay how to make music from the instruments he created out of the shantytown’s landfill and inspires them to dream big.