Photo by  Erika Kao

Photo by Erika Kao

Hello there!

I’m Carolina! I was born in Colombia, and raised in Nicaragua, in Guatemala, in the Chicago suburbs, and then back in Guatemala.

I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid. I was making my own greeting cards and stationery by age five. Then, animated cartoons caught my attention as well as picture books. In fourth grade, I wrote and illustrated an unauthorized sequel to The Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown (and self-published it; and by self-published I mean an edition of one, comb-bound with a cover made ever so much fancier with clear Con-Tact paper!).  

I grew up learning and loving English and not wanting to read in Spanish. Now we have a kiddo whom we are raising bilingual, so I read in Spanish more than I ever did growing up! I am curious about bringing Spanish into my writing when I think it works for the story; and think of writing stories fully in Spanish too.

Education is important to me, and I’ve been lucky to have taught a wide range of people and ages: drawing and ceramics to students at universities, art to children and adults at a contemporary art museum, and most recently, writing and reading to Kindergarten and 4th grade kids, and art to 1st graders.

I work in my home studio in northern New Jersey, surrounded by books, pencils and paper, and share my days with my husband and our young daughter.