Carol Schwartz always wanted to be an artist, even at an early age growing up in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended the Kansas City of Art Institute and the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1991, her illustrations first appeared in the children’s book, Sea Squares, by Joy Hulme. This book was selected as an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council. Since then, Carol’s work has appeared in over 40 picture books. Today Carol and her family live in Cincinnati, Ohio where she continues to combine her love of nature and animals in her book illustrations for children.

Selected Reviews of Carol’s Books

Wild Fibonacci: Nature’s Secret Code Revealed
Joy N. Hulme
Illustrated by Carol Schwartz
   In a unique counting book, Joy Hulme and illustrator Carol Schwartz explore Wild Fibonacci: Nature’s Secret Code Revealed. Hulme opens with a double-page spread explaining the mathematical pattern or “Fibonacci sequence” whereby “the next number in the sequence comes from adding the two numbers before it (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 … and so on).” Hulme then points out the prevalance in the natural world of curves based on the sequence: a tiger’s claws, a ram’s horns, even a seahorse’s tail. Short poems provide factual information in an engaging word package as young readers learn about the curved pattern of elephant tusks, parrot beaks and seashells. Acrylic paintings by Carol Schwartz place the creatures in their natural habitats, enabling youngsters to learn more about the larger natural environment. Schwartz’s superb artwork manages to be both accurate and lively and exhibits great attention to detail. Kids will have a great time counting the 55 curved beaks that enable the white ibis to “build a nest of sticks, scoop a marshy meal to eat, or feed new baby chicks.” 2005, Tricycle Press, $14.95. Ages 5 up. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum (Children’s Literature).

Thinking About Ants
Barbara Brenner
Illustrated by Carol Schwartz
   Brenner asks readers to consider what it would be like to live out your life as an ant. Would you want to be an ant that cares for the eggs and larvae, or a food gatherer or perhaps a warrior who guards the nest? She fills the books with fascinating facts that are captured in the bold colorful illustrations by Schwartz. Given the size of ants, the pictures greatly enlarge these tiny creatures to reveal the body structure, relationship to food sources and predators. It might make one think again before dispatching one of these pesky critters. 1996, Mondo, $14.95. Ages 5 up. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot (Children’s Literature).

Best friends: The True Story of Owen and Mzee
Roberta Edwards
Illustrated by Carol Schwartz
   “Best Friends” is the wonderful story of two unlikely companions. Owen is a baby hippo, who has been abandoned by the rest of his group during a huge storm. He is one year old and all alone. After a bit of a struggle he is rescued from the sea and brought onto land. Knowing that Owen would never be able to survive on his own and that another new group of hippos would just turn him away, his rescuers take him to an animal wildlife preserve. It was a special kind of zoo called Haller Park. Owen is frightened by his new surroundings. When he first arrives he runs right over to Mzee. Mzee is known as “the wise old man.” He is a 130 year old tortoise and the oldest inhabitant at the park. Owen tries to hide behind Mzee! Owen follows Mzee everywhere and even curls up next to him to sleep. Eventually, the two animals become the best of friends, eating together, swimming together and sleeping side by side. Edwards does a fabulous job of weaving bits information into this beginning science reader. The format is clear and simple; sentences are short and the text is large and bold. Carol Schwartz’s colorful illustrations are clean and bright and accompany the text in a way that gives the readers excellent picture clues. A wonderful addition to a primary science collection. 2007, Grosset and Dunlap/Penguin Group, Ages 3 to 7, $3.99. Reviewer: Theresa Finch (Children’s Literature)

Program Details

   Carol offers several programs for school age children. Her presentations for grades K-3 focus on the process of illustrating a picture book. She discusses the research necessary for providing accuracy when illustrating science and nature related illustrations. Carol will talk about her art techniques and the mediums she uses most frequently. She presents these topics while discussing and sharing books she has illustrated. Her programs for upper grade students, as well as adult presentations, focus on the career theme of being a children’s book illustrator. Her ideal size group for presentations is 3-4 classes, however she is willing to address groups of up to 150 students. She generally does up to four groups in a day. Her fees begin at $400 and are negotiable. Travel and lodging – Travel and lodging costs are to be covered by the sponsoring organization.

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