• Carolyn is the author/illustrator of over 14 books for children, including the picture book The Amazing Watercolor Fish, and she wrote the short story “How to Exist in a City of Ghosts” which is featured in the upcoming book Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America which has received starred reviews from Booklist and the School Library Journal (Pub. date: Aug. 17, 2021; Philomel).

    Carolyn has a YouTube channel for kids and is currently working on a YA novel called Lineage about her two 12th great grandmothers: Ana de Caballeria de Estrada of Aragon (granddaughter of King Ferdinand II) and Leonor Cortes Moctezuma (granddaughter of Moctezuma II).

    Kindling Words Board 

    RA -SCBWI Southwest Texas

    LasMusas Madrina

    Co-Chair TxLA Texas Authors and Illustrators Round Table



    Living Beyond Borders(Contributor)/How To Exist In A City of Ghosts – (Philomel) Starred Review Booklist, School Library Journal

    Thanku: Poems of Gratitude
    (Contributor) –  
    Millbrook Press, Lerner, ALA List of 2020 Notable Books, Chicago Public
    Library Best of the Best Books 2019, 2020 Notable Books For A Global Society

    The Amazing Watercolor Fish – Angie Karcher’s Best in Rhyme 2018 List

    A Surprise For Teresita – Crystal Kite Finalist (Texas/Oklahoma)

    Sing, Froggie, Sing – Pinata Books

    Dale, dale, dale – Pinata Books

    Ghost Tracks of San Antonio

    Multicultural Literature for Latino Bilingual Children: Their words, their worlds 

    Daughters of Two Nations – Mountain Press


    Skipping Stones 2014 Award for Excellence in Multicultural Literature

    2014-2015 Tejas Star Reading List 

    2015-2016 Tejas Star Reading List

    Finalist for 2014 Tomas Rivera Award

    20 Most Remarkable Books of 2014

    Best 20 Latino Books From 2014

    National Picture Book Champion November 9, 2014

    Inaugural #WeNeedDiverseBooks Illustration Mentor


  • To let books  lead me to the best version of our world imaginable!