About Carmen Oliver
Carmen Oliver is the author of picture book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies, Bears Make the Best Math Buddies as well as the nonfiction picture book A Voice for the Spirit Bears: How One Boy Inspired Millions to Save a Rare Animal, a Junior Library Guild spring 2019 pick.
She’s also the author of the forthcoming picture books Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies (Spring 2020), Bears Make the Best Science Buddies (Fall 2020), The Twilight Library (North South Books), and The Favio Chavez Story (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers).
Carmen’s work has been shortlisted for the Rainforest of Reading Award, The Writers’ League of Texas Awards and the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy. 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 writing at the Writing Barn and The Highlights Foundation and loves speaking at schools, conferences and festivals.
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.