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Children's Authors


Carmen Oliver is the author of picture book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies in which Kirkus said, “Children will surely want their own large brown reading buddies after listening to this book about the joys and challenges of reading,” as well as the forthcoming nonfiction picture book The Favio Chavez Story. In 2014, she founded the Booking Biz, a boutique style agency that brings award-winning children’s authors and illustrators to schools, libraries, and special events.

She also teaches picture book writing at the Writing Barn and loves speaking at schools, workshops, conferences and festivals. In 2010 to 2013, she was the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Austin SCBWI chapter. Growing up in Canada, she saw many bear species along the hiking trails but always kept a respectful distance. She and her family now call the wide-open spaces of Texas home. Carmen is represented by Erzsi Deŕk of Hen & ink Literary Studio.

Check out Carmen Oliver's Website for more information.

Visit the Booking Biz if you want information on any of her authors.

Connect with Carmen on Twitter or Facebook.


Picture Book

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.


THE FAVIO CHAVEZ STORY (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, TBD)
Picture Book Biography

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.