About me

Caroline grew up as the youngest of four children in Dallas, TX and spent her childhood sneaking extra helpings of noodle kugel from her bubbe’s kitchen. She moved to California for college and has spent her career working across education, everything from teaching brilliant third graders to helping develop federal policy. Caroline has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Some of her books for children include Gitty and Kvetch (a Tablet Magazine Best Jewish Picture Book of 2021), Where is Poppy?, the upcoming What Jewish Looks Like co-written with Liz Kleinrock, and more! Caroline also co-hosts the Kidlit Happy Hour podcast alongside author Joanna Ho.

Caroline lives in Northern Virginia with her husband (Tavita), four kiddos (Afi, Manu, Leone and Tala) and their 120-lb dog (Misha).

And now for the important bits…

What is your superpower?

The strength I gain from my relationships with my sisters: my sisters by birth, marriage and choice!

Latke topping: applesauce or sour cream?

Life is too short to choose just one.

Biggest passion?

Amplifying voices that are not adequately represented in picture books and connecting children with stories that light them up.

Biggest fear?

Clusters of small holes…. look up trypophobia, if you dare!

Favorite writing spot?

The corner desk upstairs at Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park Library.

Spookiest fact?

My mom and I are witches! I was born inside the amniotic sac with my eyes wide open. We learned that a birth this rare would have been punishable by death during the Salem Witch Trials.

Author heroes?

Yuyi Morales, Jacqueline Woodson, Mauric Sendak, Liz Garton Scanlon, Kwame Alexander… and so many more!

Favorite quote?

“Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow! Grow!’” —The Talmud

Favorite Shel Silverstein poem?

“The Voice”

There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
“I feel that this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong.”
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you—just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.