Artists in Schools Directory


Carole Gerber

Artist's Narrative

Carole Gerber Carole Gerber loves nature and many of her books reflect this interest. A former English teacher, copywriter and textbook author, she holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Ohio State. Carole's new book in 2017 is A Band of Babies (HarperCollins), suitable for children in preschool through grade 1. Amazon editors selected it as among "the best books of June 2017." Her 2016 book, 10 Busy Brooms, is a Halloween picture book in verse published by Doubleday. It is suitable for grades K-3, and is now available throughout North America through Scholastic Book Clubs/Fairs. In 2015, Random House published her nonfiction early reader titled Stingrays! Underwater Fliers. In 2014, her new books were The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio (Sterling, picture book in verse) and Tuck-in Time (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, picture book in verse). The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio is now also available as a board book. Previous titles include an NCTE Notable Poetry Book titled Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More! Poems for Two Voices (natural science) and Leaf Jumpers (natural science), one of 18 books selected by the Ohio State Library Association as an Ohio Reads book for 2015-16. In 2017, the publisher released a board book edition of Leaf Jumpers. Other natural science books told in verse are Spring Blossoms and Winter Trees. Nonfiction titles include Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer (biography) and Little Red Bat (nonfiction). Carole's chapter book for third- and fourth-graders, Through Children's Eyes: Tales of Old Columbus (historical fiction), shares eight stories about local history. Her books meet core curricula standards and have received excellent reviews from School Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist and Goodreads. Carole's writing has won awards from the Children's Book Council, the National Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. For reviews and details, please visit her website:


Upon request.
This artist is based in Columbus. Travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

The ABCs of Children's Books (Grade levels K-5 )

Beginning with a funny presentation on her creative process, students will learn how the author gets her ideas and polishes them (repeatedly) to craft a poem or story. They will see how a book is put together, including preliminary art work and text revisions to the finished product. Grades 3 and up will participate in a poetry jam that gets even reluctant students performing poems. Teachers may choose the grade-appropriate title they want her to present to students. The author provides related writing and/or art lesson extensions and donates each book she presents to the school library.

Activity Options:
The ABCs of Children�s Books
  • Duration: 45 - 55 min.
  • Fees: $250/ class; $900/ full day (four class visits) Five-day student writing workshops can be arranged.