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Kara B. Wilson



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From a box to a building, there's a story wherever you look. Kara B. Wilson writes for children (and anyone who knows how powerful picture books can be). She's been an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2014. Kara is also a member of 12x12, and The Writing Barn.


A former educator, Kara earned an M.Ed and a B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She's worn a variety of hats: theater director, nonprofit program manager, consultant, and digital marketing strategist. She's also a military spouse and a mother.


She loves reading, traveling, and exploring the Pacific Northwest's misty trails and beaches with her family.

Picture Books

BIG KID AND SHADOW In ​​BIG KID AND SHADOW, 400 words, Shadow follows Big Kid’s every move. But when she dares to move differently, Shadow realizes the power of standing up and standing out. Reminiscent of the surprise twist in THE BEAR IN MY FAMILY and drawing on the need to be center stage in I USED TO BE FAMOUS, BIG KID AND SHADOW embraces the push-pull of sibling love with an unexpected reveal.

SMALL, GREEN AND BEAUTIFUL Otis loves taking time to water every sprout in the sidewalk’s cracks, but his family is too busy for that. When Otis helps a lonely philodendron, he transforms his bedroom into a lively garden, flourishing in unexpected ways that can’t be ignored. SMALL, GREEN, AND BEAUTIFUL, 405 words, is rooted in the importance of taking time to connect to nature and each other. It highlights a child’s impact like LALA’S WORDS while celebrating nature’s details like FINDING WILD.

DEAR NEW KID In DEAR NEW KID, 400 words, you can pack up a house, but not the house. No box is big enough. Now it’s someone else’s turn to live here, so there’s only one thing to do: write a letter to the new kid with all the ins and outs, dos and don’ts of living here. With the heartfelt tone of A HOME AGAIN, DEAR NEW KID has one last surprise as we all face the inevitable goodbye. In 2020, DEAR NEW KID received an Honorable Mention for the Ann Whitford Paul Award.

DAD'S PLANET Mae and Dad used to go on amazing space adventures – until he had to move to another planet. When Mae blasts off to visit him, she encounters a strange, new place with unexpected challenges. Will Mae and Dad still be the galaxy’s greatest team? DAD’S PLANET is a 530-word picture book that shows how science and imagination can be used to navigate feelings tied to family separation. It received First Runner-Up at SCBWI LA's Writers Day in 2021.

LOOK CLOSER Brown, green, dirt, trees – at a glance, the world around us may seem simple, but there’s always more to uncover. In LOOK CLOSER, a child discovers the incredible details around them. This sparse text of 160 words mirrors the natural awe of IN THE NIGHT GARDEN and encourages curiosity and exploration.

THE LONGEST FALL Gracie trips and tumbles wherever she goes, but when Perfect Parker convinces her to go on a treacherous trail, Gracie discovers her clumsiness is actually her superpower. Focusing on friendship and resilience, THE LONGEST FALL is a 500-word picture book that turns obstacles into opportunities for growth.

DRAGON PRINCESS When Dragon hears laughter for the first time at a princess party, she decides to become a princess to get in on the fun. But will her fiery temper and dragon-centered ways prevent her from experiencing the magic of princess life?

FRIEND NOT PET Pillbug dreams of becoming a girl’s friend but the girl only sees him as a pet. Obviously, he is far too advanced for pet life so he must find a way to set her straight — before it’s too late.

A PEACOCK WITH A PURPOSE Determined to prove there’s more to him than peacock pizazz, Preston shows how helpful he can be on the farm, even in the face of danger.



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Ann Whitford Paul Award
Honorable Mention

In 2020, DEAR NEW KID, was awarded one of two honorable mentions for the Ann Whitford Paul - Writer's Digest Award. Judges said it had "a strong child’s voice, gentle humor, and honest expressions of emotion." 


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