Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CSLA Conference, 2016, San Diego, CA: Doorways to Diversity

Last weekend I participated in the CSLA Conference, in San Diego, celebrating the 100 year history of the California School Library Association at the beautiful Bahia Resort Hotel.
View of the bay from the Bahia Resort Hotel
Saturday was the day focused on authors and there were thirty-eight of us, with all author events coordinated by Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagen who made sure that we were treated like superstars all day long, including a delicious lunch and pre-dinner reception in her suite overlooking the bay, and arranging for hosts to make sure we were in the right place at the right time. Although the 7:30 starting time for my presentation turned out to be a tad early for most people, I enjoyed meeting lots of librarians at the author Speed Dating event (a little like human bingo) later in the morning, and at the California Young Reader Medal dinner in the evening, where we heard excellent speeches from CYRM winners Audrey Vernick and Jennifer A. Nielsen. Altogether it was a good day celebrating the love of books and reading!
With author Alexis O'Neill at the signing table after the CYRM dinner

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AUTHOR FESTIVAL, Huntington Beach, CA, Visit to Perry School

Signing books at the Huntington Beach Library
Tuesday, January 26th was the annual Huntington Beach, California, Author Festival, a wonderful day of authors and illustrators visiting schools followed by a gala reception and book signing at the Huntington Beach Public Library. My day started with presentations to three groups of students–kindergarteners, first graders and third graders–at Perry Elementary School.

Mascot of Perry Elementary School
We met in the library and I was pleased with the enthusiastic response by both students and teachers. I thank librarian Julie Prager for preparing the students and buying some of my more recent books for the library collection.

Huntington Beach Public Library
The afternoon reception at the public library began at 2:30 and children arrived with their parents to meet the authors and attend the award ceremony for the “Locked in the Library” writing and illustrating contest winners. I thank Gail Page, all the hardworking members of the Friends of the Children’s Library and Authors Festival Committee, the library staff, the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California, and all the other generous supporters for making the festival possible. This was the 28th Annual Authors Festival! I have participated in the festival almost every year since it began. It is always a great day!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


TA-DAH!  Today is the official publication date of my book LIVING FOSSILS: Clues to the Past by Charlesbridge Books. With beautiful illustrations by Andrew Plant, the text profiles six living species that look very similar to their ancient relatives otherwise known only as fossils.
Living fossils are modern-day animals such as horseshoe crabs that very closely resemble their ancient relatives. Discover why animals like the dragonfly and the nautilus have changed so little over time, while other animals evolved or went extinct. Contrasting "then" and "now" illustrations alternate profiles between a prehistoric creature in its native environment and its contemporary living-fossil counterpart. An amazing way to experience the ancient past!
Back matter includes a time line, additional information about the six living fossils, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading.
I thank my editors and all the staff at Charlesbridge for making LIVING FOSSILS into such an attractive and readable book and look forward to promoting it at my upcoming school and library visits!
Horseshoe crabs coming on shore during mating season. (Illust. by Andrew Plant)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

AUTHOR VISIT at Echo Horizon School, Culver City, CA

With Librarian Claudette Brown in the Echo Horizon School Library
On Monday, I had an excellent visit with second and third graders at Echo Horizon School in Culver City, California. Librarian Claudette Brown had done a super job of preparing the students by acquainting them with a wide variety of my books. Soon the students will be doing their own research projects. I met with the students and their teachers in the beautiful school library. I began with several activities and my slide presentation and concluded by reading my tall tale about a “mixed-up” animal, The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers.
Then, after making a list of various real animals for inspiration, the students had a chance to create their own imaginary “mixed-up” animals using a worksheet I had provided. Claudette had also arranged with local bookstore, Children’s Book World, to order books that students could purchase for autographing. I am sure that long after my visit is over, the students and teachers will be remembering our day together. I know that I will! Thank you, Claudette, for inviting me!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

New Animal Cards at My Etsy Shop: toucans, jaguars, black bears and more

Cards: images from A Day and Night in the Rainforest
Toucans, jaguars, bison, and a family of black bears, oh my! If you go to my Etsy shop, CarolineArnoldArt, you can find cards with rain forest animals and more--illustrations from my recent book series Caroline Arnold’s Habitats. Cards are blank on the inside so you can write your own message.  Sets of cards also make perfect gifts for the animal lovers in your life.  Making the art is the first step in creating my cards. Each piece of art is a cut paper collage which I then scan to make my cards.  Each card is then printed and packaged by hand in my studio.  I use a thick 100% cotton rag paper to make gallery quality prints. If you can’t bear to send the cards, they are beautiful framed.
Cards: Images from the series Caroline Arnold's Habitats

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BLOG ROLL: Thanks, SCBWI, for Featuring my Blog!

I am thrilled to have  the Society of Children’s Bookwriters and and Illustrators (SCBWI) featuring my Art and Books blog on the current blog roll on the SCBWI home page. Thank you, SCBWI!  My blog will be on the blog roll until March 1st. Every other month the SCBWI highlights selected member blogs to “promote its stellar SCBWI members.” Other bloggers featured this month are Stephen Ingram, Joan Broerman, Tom Travers, Lynn Becker, Jacqueline Bach, Brad R. Cook, Nancy Vo, and Henry Herz.
Take a look and check out all the great blogs!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

STARWALK KIDS MEDIA Acquired by Isabella Products, Inc.

I am passing along the news that StarWalk Kids Media (digital publisher of 45 of my books) has just been acquired by Isabella Products, Inc. For more information click HERE. The StarWalk Kids Media brand will become the Fable Learning Division of Isabella Products.

CONCORD, Mass., Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Isabella Products, Inc. ("Isabella") announced today that it has acquired StarWalk Kids Media LLC ("StarWalk") for an undisclosed amount. StarWalk is a leading publisher and distributor of exclusive, high-quality eBooks delivered through its content platform and award-winning StarWalk Reader™. Isabella, a leading wireless consumer device and services company, is the creator of Fable®, the award-winning browser-free tablet for children ages 3-10. The acquisition bolsters Isabella's move to provide robust learning solutions to retail consumers and classroom educators in PreK, Elementary, and Middle Schools as well as public libraries. The combined companies create a burgeoning multilingual content collection and a turnkey capability for content development, licensing, and distribution, with a current reach of over 2.8 million students.