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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 Shadow follows Big Kid's every move. But when she dares to move differently, Shadow realizes the power of standing up and standing out.

SMALL, GREEN AND BEAUTIFUL Otis loves taking time to water every sprout in the sidewalk’s cracks, but his busy family never has time for that. When Otis helps a droopy, lonely philodendron, he transforms his bedroom into a lively garden, flourishing in delightfully unexpected ways that just can’t be ignored.

DEAR NEW KID Chris must move and he can't take his house with him, no matter what he tries. So he writes a letter to the new kid moving in and realizes the best thing about his home is actually something that will help him say goodbye to it.

DAD'S PLANET When Dad moves to another planet, Mae blasts off to visit him. Will they still be the galaxy's greatest team even on this strange new planet?

LOOK CLOSER Brown, green, dirt, trees – at a glance, the world around us may seem plain and simple, but there’s always much more to see. In LOOK CLOSER, a child shows an adult how to stop and notice the details around them as they walk from their home to the library. This sparse text of just 164 words encourages curiosity and exploration.

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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