Author & Illustrator

Carin Bramsen

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Most Recent Book
Sleepover Duck! book


What do you hope young readers experience from your work?

I hope my books will make children laugh, but also reinforce the sense that there are countless different ways to shine.

What was the biggest challenge in creating your first published book?

It was a challenge at first to move from a “fine art” mindset to a narrative one. Those are two very different ways of thinking. But now that I’ve made that shift, story art comes most naturally to me.

Do you have a favorite children’s book?

I have too many favorite children’s books to count. Right now, I’m crazy about the George and Martha books by James Marshall.

What do you do when you're in need of some inspiration?

I often get ideas in the shower, or taking a walk. But then I have to remind myself to look both ways before crossing the street!

Tell us about your process for creating a children's book from start to finish?

So far, all of my books have started with a written story, which grew out of a tiny wisp of a scene in my head. Once I have the text, I sketch scenes in pencil, and use a computer to lay those words and pictures out across sixteen or so spreads. This writing/sketching/composing phase is my favorite part of the process, and the most creative for me. Then I finish the illustrations digitally, which usually takes many months.

What is the biggest challenge you face when writing/illustrating a children's book?

Saying more with fewer words and pictures.

board Books

Hey, Duck! book
ducks · cats · making friends · friendship
Hey, Duck!

picture Books

Sleepover Duck! book
cats · bedtime · animal sounds · ducks · sleep · farm
Sleepover Duck!
Just a Duck? book
cats · ducks · friendship · being different · trying new things · rhyming · baby animals · being yourself
Just a Duck?
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