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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

CSLF Celebrates Children's Book Illustrators


The California School Library Foundation is excited to celebrate the children’s book authors and illustrators who have so generously donated their artwork for use on products at The Library Advocacy Store, thereby helping us in our mission to support advocacy for school libraries. Their work is timeless and inspiring! 

Caroline Arnold - Panda 

This month features Caroline Arnold, who has authored more than 160 children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction. She has illustrated her most recent books using cut paper collage. This example is available at the Library Advocacy Store: 

Caroline Arnold grew up in Minneapolis, where she enjoyed the out-of-doors and animals; this early interest led to her writing about STEM subjects. She majored in art and literature at Grinnell College (Iowa), and earn a master’s degree in art at the University of Iowa. She started writing when her children were small, so her books were also for young readers. She shifted to older readers and cycled back to children’s books. Since then she has travelled widely, including Easter Island, which then becomes the basis for several of her books – and often include stunning photographs. Currently she lives in Los Angeles, and teaches for UCLA’s extension writer’s program. She loves to visit schools and libraries to talk about her books and the importance of reading; check out the details, including projects and activities, at https://www.carolinearnoldbooks.com/

To find her and other illustrator products, patronize The Library Advocacy Store.  A percentage of the cost is donated to the California School Library Foundation.


Dr. Lesley Farmer
Professor of Library Media
California State University Long Beach

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