Carmen Oliver is the author of the picture book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies of 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 books A Voice for the Spirit Bears: The Simon Jackson Story and 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, conferences and festivals. From 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. To connect or learn more about Carmen and her books, visit www.carmenoliver.com or Twitter or Facebook.